New Hampshire State Championship and Open Pairs

The New Hampshire Bridge Association holds its annual State Championship and Open Pairs tournament at the most central location available. It's a truly unique event with a superb meal between sessions Saturday and a banquet with a cash bar Sunday. Everyone who comes has a great time!

The State Championship is a three session event: two qualifying sessions Saturday and a final session Sunday afternoon. Anyone can play in the qualifying sessions but only current or former Unit 150 (NHBA) members can play in the final. Everyone else can play in the one-session Open Pairs that runs concurrently with the final. This is a charity event so the awards are black points.

The Unit 150 (NHBA) Annual Meeting is held before the final session Sunday. The Banquet after the final session includes the announcement of high finishers, the presentation of the Leroy Lake Award, acknowledgements of the winners of the ACBL Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKenney awards, and other timely announcements.

2019 New Hampshire State Championship and Open Pairs July 13-14

The NH Unit 150 board has worked hard to offer an enjoyable 2019 State Championship for our members. It's not too late to sign up. The Puritan Room of Manchester* is comfortable and attractive with great food as well. Click here to view and print the entry form. If you think your entry won't reach her in time you can email Lucia Carlisle at

Please consider participating in this unique traditional event. It is an opportunity to meet and play against NH members from across the state. You can participate one or both days. Click here for more information.

The NHBA is still looking for an additional person to join our board. If interested please let any board member know you are interested.

The playing area is not in the actual restaurant but across the parking lot.

2018 New Hampshire State Championship and Open Pairs

The 2018 New Hampshire State Championship and Open Pairs was held July 14-15 at Puritan Backroom Restaurant, Manchester. Click here for results and recaps.

This year's winners are Carl Vancelette and Steve Bean.

 Carl Vancelette and Steve Bean


Saturday Qualifying Morning

Saturday Qualifying Afternoon

Sunday State Championship Final *

Sunday Open Pairs

* Please note that the State Championship Final results shown on the NHBA Pianola server club results on 7/15/2018 are incorrect with respect to overall placing and rewards. Pianola cannot process multi-day events with carryover.

The Leroy M. Lake Award was presented to Sarah Widhu and Tink Tysor.

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Getting Your Results

The results from the New Hampshire State Championship and Open Pairs are posted right here on the NHBA website, uploaded to Pianola, and posted on the ACBL website's Club Results section. On the ACBL page, select New Hampshire as the State and the City.

State Championship Results

State Championship History

by Bruce Downing

Ed Gould, in Vo.16/No.3 of the New England Bridge Conference Bulletin (July 1970) claims that the American Auction Bridge League was formed out of the American Whist League at a meeting in Hanover NH in 1927. This was pretty fast work considering modern contract bridge was only invented in 1925 by Vanderbilt. Modern bridge must truly have swept the country quickly. Ed goes on to say that the American Auction Bridge League merged with the United States Bridge Association in 1937 to form the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League).

The NH Open Pairs State Championship has been held every year since its origin in 1936. Other than an exception for military personnel serving in NH during WWII, it has always been Open only to NH residents.

Ed Gould wrote in the New England Bridge Conference Bulletin from May 1971: "This a three-session event. Although only local rated, it is more highly respected within the state than any sectional."

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