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ACBL Masterpoints FAQ

What type of Masterpoints are awarded?

Unpigmented or colorless Masterpoints are awarded. This is standard for all online ACBL sanctioned tournaments.

Do points earned online apply towards Masterpoints ranks?

Yes. However, to achieve certain ranks you must also earn colored Masterpoints. For a full description of the Masterpoints rank requirements, click here.

Is there a limit on the number of Masterpoints that can be earned online?

No.

Are the tournaments stratified?

Yes. Strat A will be 2000+ Masterpoints, strat B will be 500-1999 Masterpoints, and strat C will be 0-499 Masterpoints. You will be placed in the appropriate strat based on your Masterpoints holding. You can choose to move up to a higher strat if you wish, but not down. Each month, your Masterpoints holding will be updated and your strat will adjusted accordingly unless you've already chosen to be in a higher strat.

What does stratification mean?

In stratified tournaments, all of the pairs entered in the event compete against each other but are ranked only with their pairs. Each pair is assigned a stratum or "strat" based on the Masterpoints holding of the partner who has more Masterpoints. The game proceeds normally, but the scores are tabulated and ranked differently. In a 3-strat game, the scores are ranked three times.

The first ranking is calculated as in a regular open game where the scores of all players are considered. These are the strat A results. If a B or C pair does well in this ranking, they receive full credit for that performance.

The second ranking compares the scores of only the players designated as strat B and strat C pairs and the scores of the strat A pairs are disregarded. Once again, if a C pair does well they receive points for their finishing position in the strat B results.

The third and final ranking compares the scores of only the strat C pairs and all the scores for the strat A and strat B pairs are disregarded.

Masterpoints are awarded for all three strats, but a pair is eligible for only one Masterpoints award and will receive the highest award. One caveat is that there must be at least three pairs in the bottom strat. If there are less than three pairs in the bottom strat, then those pairs will be consolidated with the next highest strat.

Is there a 299er tournament?

No. However, stratification makes the tournaments enjoyable and rewarding for all skill levels.

How many boards are played and what movement is used?

The Masterpoints tournaments are all 12 boards (6 rounds with 2 boards per round) and use Swiss movement.

Will rules like alerting change?

No, we will continue to self-alert all non-SAYC bids for simplicity and consistency.

How are the Masterpoints awards calculated?

With a 12-board tournament, the maximum award is 1.20. Strat A gets credit for all pairs, strat B gets credit for strat B and strat C pairs, and strat C only gets credit for strat C pairs.

Depth of each strat
Number of positions that can earn Masterpoints40% x number of credited pairs (25 max)

Strat A awards
If 15 or less credited pairs:
1st place.08 x number of credited pairs (1.20 max)
2nd place70% x 1st place
3rd place50% x 1st place
4th place35% x 1st place
5th and lower place1st place / position
If 16-59 credited pairs:
1st place.08 x number of credited pairs (1.20 max)
2nd placeLower of 75% x 1st place or 70% x 1st place without max
3rd placeLower of 56.25% x 1st place or 50% x 1st place without max
4th placeLower of 1st place x 4 / (position + 5) or 35% x 1st place without max
5th and lower placeLower of 1st place x 4 / (position + 5) or 1st place without max / position
If 60 or more credited pairs:
1st place.08 x number of credited pairs (1.20 max)
2nd place75% x 1st place
3rd place56.25% x 1st place
4th place and lower1st place x 4 / (position + 5)

Strat B and strat C awards
If 15 or less credited pairs:
1st place.07 x number of credited pairs (1.20 max)
2nd place70% x 1st place
3rd place50% x 1st place
4th place35% x 1st place
5th and lower place1st place / position
If 16-59 credited pairs:
1st place.07 x number of credited pairs (1.20 max)
2nd placeLower of 75% x 1st place or 70% x 1st place without max
3rd placeLower of 56.25% x 1st place or 50% x 1st place without max
4th placeLower of 1st place x 4 / (position + 5) or 35% x 1st place without max
5th and lower placeLower of 1st place x 4 / (position + 5) or 1st place without max / position
If 60 or more credited pairs:
1st place.07 x number of credited pairs (1.20 max)
2nd place75% x 1st place
3rd place56.25% x 1st place
4th place and lower1st place x 4 / (position + 5)

Final award
Max of strat A, strat B, and strat C awards

When are the Masterpoints awards reported to the ACBL?

Masterpoints are reported monthly at the end of the month.

If I'm in the middle of my membership, can I sign up for a Masterpoints subscription?

Yes. Your Masterpoints subscription would be pro-rated in the 1st year, so that it expires at the same time as your membership. After that, your Masterpoints subscription will be renewed at $49 per year.

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