Grand National Teams (GNT)
The ACBL Grand National Teams (Wikipedia article) is one of two annual ACBL-wide "Open" contests in bridge. The other is a pair contest, the North American Pairs (NAP). Both contests begin with grass-roots qualifying at the local level and end with a national competition at a North American Bridge Championship (NABC). Each of the 25 ACBL districts may send up to four different skill-level teams to the national GNT finals. Each district has different rules for selecting the teams to represent them.
In our district, The GNTs start with team game qualifiers in clubs. Once you've qualified by either winning two matches in a club qualifying game or finishing in the top 1/2 of your stratum, you can then form a team with other qualifiers and register to participate in the District 6 Finals. The District 6 Final competition has four skill level events - Open (0-∞), A (0-6000), B (0-2500) and C (0-500/NLM). Each winning team in each skill level receives a cash stipend to help offset the costs of representing District 6 at the Summer NABC. You qualify in the clubs as an individual, not as a team, so you can put together a team of any 4-6 qualified people (all from District 6) to participate in the District competition. Here's the official ACBL Conditions of Contest. Here's some Frequently Asked Questions about the District 6 GNT's.
IMPORTANT: Your team must pre-register for the finals at least nine days before your respective final by mailing your team member list and $100.00 payment made out to District 6 to:
3353 Taleen Courtt
Annandale VA 22003-1161
Most clubs in northern Virigina and southern Maryland run at least one GNT team game during the qualifying season. Click HERE to see a chart of known DC metro area club qualifying events.