The Tournament Committee recognised that many members, including those who joined under Universal Membership, are unable or unwilling to travel to EBU competitions. This makes it difficult to collect National (Green) masterpoints, which in turn prevents progression through the masterpoint ranks. Also, Clubs and Counties have trouble attracting players to their open events if they cannot award Green Points. Consequently, a new type of masterpoint, called Blue Points, was introduced on 1st January 2013.
The object of the new system is to facilitate more local events where members can earn points counting towards ranks currently requiring Greens. Thus, all masterpoint ranks will allow up to 50 Green Points to be replaced by Blue Points in the ratio of 3 Blue = 1 Green. Members will, therefore, be able to reach Premier Regional rank entirely with Blues, or with a combination of Blues and Greens, but will require some Greens for higher ranks. Blue Point awards will use the current Local Point scales (100 Local = 1 Blue).