Invitational Pairs News!

Chicago's Premier Event - CCBA Invitational Pairs will be begin on Jan 27 at Winterfest (Friday Evening) and conclude on Saturday Afternoon.  Immediately following the event, the CCBA will be sponsoring an all-you-can-eat buffet for $15 -- Tickets for dinner are required, and reservations are strongly suggested!

If you have 1300 or more masterpoints, you have pre-qualified. 

You may also qualify by scoring highly in a CCBA event the previous calendar year:

  • 1st in an unlimited, one-session event at a CCBA sectional
  • 1st-2nd in a two-session, unlimited event at a CCBA sectional
  • 1st in Flight B or Strata B of a CCBA Sectional event if the top Masterpoint restriction is 1000 or higher
  • 1st-2nd in the top bracket of a CCBA sectional knockout
  • 1st in the second KO bracket at a CCBA sectional
  • 1st-3rd of the District Grand National Teams, Flight A
  • 1st-2nd of the District Grand National Teams, Flight B
  • 1st-3rd of the NAOP, Flight A
  • 1st-2nd of the District NAP, Flight B
  • 1st in the Unit NAP, Flight B
  • 1st-3rd in unlimited events at CCBA Regionals
  • 1st-2nd in Flight B or Strata B of a CCBA regional event (with top Masterpoint restriction at 1000 or higher)
  • 1st-2nd in senior events at CCBA regional – Strata A only
  • 1st-2nd in the top bracket of a CCBA regional knockout
  • 1st-2nd in the second KO bracket at a CCBA regional (1st only if it is the bottom bracket)
  • 1st in the third KO bracket at a CCBA regional if it is not the bottom bracket

Please enjoy playing in the Crystal Lake Regionals and Sectionals, but remember that they are not CCBA sponsored tournaments, and placing in these events do not provide a means of qualifying for the CCBA Invitational Pairs.

You may search for names in the current qualification list.

Registration is now available and will remain open until Jan 23, 2017

Grand National Teams News!

This year's Grand National Team competition will take place on the weekend of February 25 at the Northbrook Hilton, 2855 North Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook, IL.  Game time for the Saturday start is 11:00 am.

Flights for this years events are:

  • Championship (Unlimited)
  • Flight A (0-6000)
  • Flight B (0-2500)
  • Flight C (0-500 and Non Life-Master)

Masterpoints holding recorded as of September 2016 masterpoint cycle (report produced Aug 6, 2016).

Championship and Flight A will take place over 4 sessions and will be concluded in a single weekend. Flight B will take place over 4 sessions on February 25-26, but will conclude in a final match between the last two qualifiers at a time and place to be determined by the players with approval of the District Coordinators.

The conditions of contest for this years event is available here on District 13's website.  The District has a flyer on this event as well.

Registration opens on Jan 26, 2017, and will remain open until Feb 18, 2017

New Functionality Uploaded to Website!

*** ALERT ***

I have placed some new functionality up on the website this evening -- hopefully during a quiet time so that any bugs that I may have introduced will be less impactful to you, the user.

What have I done?

  • I've noticed that browsing the web as a logged-in user, has had some timing delay issues, and hoped to have reduced web delays a little.
  • I've added the ability to receive a text message with a simple message saying a) the club you played at, b) who you played with, and c) the game score/percent that you had.  Sign up for this service under your profile.
  • I changed the way that emails are sent to users.  PLEASE let me know if you didn't receive an email (in a timely manner) from the site when you were expecting one - send it to tom at  (Webmaster is too clogged with spam to be useful anymore.)  This could happen more frequently during this timeframe as registration for the Invitational Pair event is taking place (and very shortly, the GNT registration as well).
  • I have given you a method to examine a number of games you've played in (by partner, and by date range).  I will total up the masterpoints and determine your average pair game percentage.  (this can be found at the bottom of the profile area.

I'm crossing my fingers and hopes this goes well on the web!


Win Silver at Winterfest 2017 - Thursday Start!

The 2017 Winterfest Sectional will be held from THURSDAY Jan 26 to Jan 29 at the Wyndam Suites Hotel.  Located on Milwaukee south of Willow Road in Glenview IL., just north of ABT Electronics.  (This is the same location as our Valentine Regional was held in 2015.)

Here's the flyer finally!!

All events, other than the Chicago Invitational Pairs, are open to every one, and no registration is needed!! Just show up, and purchase an entry from our friendly directors!

The premier event, the Chicago Invitational Pairs will begin on Friday night, and pre-registration and pre-qualification is needed.  Online registration will be available around the end of December.  

Please join your fellow bridge players Saturday Night for an  all-you-can-eat buffet for $15, and the CCBA's Annual Membership Dinner at the game site.  Tickets are required and will be available until supplies last.  For 2017, seating will be limited. Reservations are REQUIRED and can be made by calling Judy Riehs - (847) 215-7695.  Send checks to Judy (payable to the CCBA) at 731 Hapsfield Lane, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089.  Tickets can be picked up starting on Friday afternoon at the tournament site.

Sandwiches, chips and drink will be available during the Sunday Swiss event at minimal cost to players.

Tournament Chair Tom Dressing will answer questions by contacting him at (847) 215-0310 or by e-mail (preferred) tom at dressing dot org.

SummerFest is Now The Valentine Regional!

Make plans now to come to the CCBA's VALENTINE REGIONAL


Wyndham-Glenview Suites
1400 Milwaukee Ave.


Saturday, February 18, 2017-Friday, February 24, 2017

In 2015 the CCBA ran its Summer Regional Tournament in February because the Summer NABC was being held in Chicago.  In 2016 we couldn't match a suitable site with available dates in June, July, or August.  The Board of Directors therefore decided to move the Regional to February and make it dovetail with the annual District 13 Grand National Team Games.  (However, they are being held up the street at the Hilton)

The schedule offers many options -- Swiss Teams, Gold Rush Pairs, Choice Pairs, more -- to win Red and Gold points. Hospitality will be in the friendly hands of Adrienne Cohen, and Bob Young is Tournament Chair. 

Contact Bob Young at 847.280.1118;

Help our players!

Many people have serious, and even life threatening, allergic reactions to scented lotions, perfumes, colognes and other scents. The CCBA and club owners seek your cooperation to avoid these situations by coming to all bridge events "scent-free."

Please help us by abiding to our new policy. Thank you for your consideration.


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