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.
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 event...is a three-session event. Although only local rated, it is more highly respected within the state than any sectional."