Purpose of Committee

To review conventions, convention charts, the alert procedure, the convention card, conditions of contest and any other competitive aspects of bridge play, such as timing and procedures and advise the ACBL Board of Directors and management.


Tom Carmichael (2021), Chair
Doug Doub (2021) Danny Sprung (2020)
Chris Compton (2020) Will Elhers (2019)*
Jeff Goldsmith (2019)*  Jeff Meckstroth (2019)
Jeff Ford 2021

* One year term

Committee Procedures

The committee meets at each NABC to formulate proposals to go before the ACBL Board of Directors for approval. The committee also reviews issues and proposals sent to it by the ACBL Board of Directors.

In between meetings, discussions on issues are conducted by email. Occasionally, a proposal or an advisory to the board may be based upon email discussions. However, the committee prefers, when time permits, to meet face-to-face to develop proposals and develop a reply to an issue referred by the board.

Convention and Defense Approval

Committee Members:

  • Chip Martel
  • Jeff Meckstroth

The sub-committee is also responsible for approving experimental methods to be added to the ACBL Mid-Chart and for approving defenses to Mid-Chart methods to add to the ACBL Defense Database. Click here to go to the Defense Database page and instructions for submitting a request for approval.

Current Discussion Items

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Competition & Conventions

Committee Minutes