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The ACBL North American Bridge Championships (NABC) has many exciting things to offer newer players and first-time attendees:

  • Celebrity speakers daily
  • Welcome reception
  • Free Daily Bulletin featuring:
    • Photos and results of events
    • Interesting bridge hands, puzzles and appeals cases
    • Daily schedule of events
  • Free two-hour lessons from world class teachers
  • Free Bridge+ games for players with 0-20 masterpoints — perfect for those who want to try their first duplicate game

In addition, the local District may run various events, such as:

  • Intermediate/Newcomer (I/N) reception
  • Nightly hospitality snacks and beverages
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Local tours and excursions

All with the opportunity to play up to four sessions of bridge each day!

Bridge University: A unique, FREE opportunity to improve your bridge skills

Date: Saturday, July 23

Time: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Opening Lecture: An hour-long presentation by popular bridge teacher Jerry Helms.

BU Curriculum:  Beginning at 10:30 a.m., construct your own bridge lesson curriculum. Choose from among five different topics every 45 minutes. Attend just one session or as many as you want.

Lecture! Courses! Registration gift! Handouts! Door prizes! All FREE!  No pre-registration necessary. Don’t miss this golden opportunity to learn new bridge tricks from the experts and expand your chances to win gold in DC! Stay and play in the 3 p.m. game set up just for your skill level! Click here for more information.

Questions: Contact


Free Bridge Lesson (Friday, July 22)

Barbara Seagram – 10 a.m. – noon

Free Bridge Lesson (Sunday, July 24)

Audrey Grant – 10 a.m. – noon

Free Bridge Lessons (Monday, July 25)

Jerry Helms – 10 a.m. – noon

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Celebrity Speakers

(Friday, July 22 through Saturday, July 30)

What is that new convention everyone is talking about? When do I finesse for the Jack? How can I take more tricks at No Trump? What are my options when there is a lead out of turn? Ask the experts!

The ACBL celebrity speaker program offers two unique lectures each day from the top teachers, players and directors in the field. Noted speakers include:

  • Jerry Helms
  • Audrey Grant
  • Patty Tucker
  • Barbara Seagram
  • And more!

Each speaker presents a topic and provides handouts allowing you to practice the lesson.

With time permitting, they will open discussion for questions, thoughts or stories. From world famous deals to the most creative plays, get all the inside information directly from the source.

  • Where: Check Daily Bulletin for celebrity speaker location
  • When: 9:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. daily most days (no speakers on final Sunday)
  • Who: Speakers and subjects will be posted closer to tournament date

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Learn Bridge in A Day?® (Sunday, July 24)

Move quickly along the initial learning curve. Participants should include true beginners, those returning to bridge after long absences and those wanting to “test the waters” before committing to formal classes. The concentrated course includes both class instruction and coached play. For more information contact Patty Tucker at or call 404-735-4779.

Fee:  $20 – Textbooks and door prizes are included in the fee.

Date: Sunday, July 24

Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Thurgood Marshall – Mezzanine Level of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel