Australian Bridge Federation (ABF) is Australia’s National Bridge body. One of its main functions is to manage Australia’s National Bridge’s Ranking System of individual’s Masterpoints holdings.
Masterpoints are won by players over a lifetime, & used to rank players nationally. There are 21 ranked levels that range from Graduate Master to Diamond Grand Master. Masterpoint rankings are used for determining the seeding and the nature of tournaments in which one can play.
This is a very simplified version of the Australian Masterpoint System written by Ray Dohnt.
There are three types of masterpoints.
1. Green masterpoints are awarded for general club events.
2. Red masterpoints are awarded for state level events as well as for club congresses and an allocated number of red point sessions for club events.
3. Gold Masterpoints awarded for national level events Masterpoints are based on the number of tables in the section and are awarded to the top 1/2 for both NS and EW.
Whilst most sessions are green point events, each club is allocated a number of red point sessions by the ABF. The number of sessions awarded to each club is based on the number of green points that the club received throughout the previous year.
As SABA is the biggest club in Australia, we run more green point sessions than anyone else and therefore we are allocated more red point sessions. The club’s red point sessions are identified in the club program. For example, in a particular month on a Monday night, and Wednesday and Thursday mornings, all are red point events.
The number of Masterpoints a member has determines their “Master Rank”. Whilst some members don’t care about how many Masterpoints they have, others like to see how they are progressing up the ranking scheme.
Each month the ABF sends out Bridge Ranking Certificates to all club members who have attained a new Masterpoint rank. The number of masterpoints each member has is listed on the western wall of the club rooms or can be found in Pianola. In addition, the ABF Masterpoint Centre can be accessed via the SABA website under “Results & MPs/My Masterpoints”. It shows how many MPs you have; how many MPs you have earned this year and how many MPs you need for your next promotion.
For more information go to the ABF website.