It has long been a topic of discussion in the North American bridge community that the current system of ranks, based on lifetime accumulation of masterpoints, is not a good reflection of current ability.  New, talented stars are often forced to play in team events well below their ability level, and older, long-standing players are often forced to play in events that far exceed their skill level based on a long bridge career’s accumulation.


          I would like to propose we supplement the current rank system with a rating system.  Rank would be unchanged, based on lifetime points.  Rating would adjust up or down based on recent (perhaps last five years?) performance.  And stratification/bracketing/event eligibility would be based on rating instead of rank.  I believe this solution would improve the situation for everyone and has little downside.


                                                  Marty Deneroff

                                                  New York NY