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Tournaments

ACBL Tournaments

What is an ACBL Masterpoints tournament?

This is an official tournament run in partnership with the American Contract Bridge League.
ACBL tournaments allow participants to increase their federation rank thanks to the official points (Masterpoints) awarded at the end of each tournament (provided that the participant is a member of the federation).

Can I take part in ACBL Masterpoints tournaments if I am not an ACBL member?

Yes, these tournaments are open to everyone.

What are the "Funbridge Points" awarded at the end of each tournament for?

For each federation tournament played, you earn Funbridge Points on top of those awarded by the federation.
They allow you to join the Funbridge Points rankings which is perfect to see how you compare to the whole community of Funbridge players.

What is a "Funbridge Points tournament"?

This is a tournament allowing you to earn Funbridge Points only.

What are the features of ACBL tournaments (frequency, rankings, number of deals)?

  • 2 tournaments from 07:00 to 07:00: 18 deals, MP
  • 2 tournaments from 10:00 to 10:00: 12 deals, MP
  • 2 tournaments from 10:00 to 10:00: 18 deals, IMP
  • 2 tournaments from 19:00 to 19:00: 12 deals, MP

How are Masterpoints awarded?

ACBL Masterpoints are awarded according to a standard calculation method. But unlike other federations, it is based on Sections and Metasections.

Sections are based on players’ ACBL theoretical ranking (i.e. number of Masterpoints) to divide them into Sections of about 15 players.

For tournaments of over 100 players, Metasections are created to give them an extra chance to earn even more points.

Let’s take an example. Player A and Player B are in Section 3. Player A finishes ahead of Player B. They play in two different Metasections. Player B can thus get a better position in his Metasection and win more Masterpoints.

What is special about the deals played in ACBL tournaments?

The number of deals available is higher than the number of deals played. It means that not all your deals will be common to all other players.

Who are my opponents in ACBL tournaments?

On Funbridge, you play the hand in South. North (your partner), East and West (your opponents) are played by robots. They are the same at all tables so you are fairly compared to other human players. One advantage is that you can play your tournaments whenever you want and at your own pace. You can also interrupt (pause) a deal at any time and resume it later.

How to change my convention system to SAYC, 2/1 or any other system in the settings?

Go to Settings > Bidding conventions > Edit my bidding system.

What is the entry fee?

Each federation tournament costs a certain amount of Diamonds ♦️ (Funbridge virtual currency). Packs of Diamonds are available in our online shop and from the federation tournaments homescreen.

How to become an ACBL member?

Click here to become a member.

What is an "instant tournament"?

Instant tournaments are available for some federation tournaments only (ACBL, AEB, Funbridge).
These are past tournaments that are given a second life and for which results are already known. So players have their scores compared against others and know how many points awarded by the federation involved they have won immediately after playing.
These tournaments are only available to players who have not played them yet.

Advantages:
  • Tournaments available at any time
  • Ranking known immediately after playing
  • Large number of participants per tournament guaranteed
  • Unlimited tournaments