American Contract Bridge League (ACBL)
Your Best Partner in Bridge

Fall 2004 NABC— Nov. 18-28, 2004 in Orlando, Florida

The Intermediate-Newcomer (IN) Program

The NABCs are a showcase for the ACBL IN Program, the best opportunity for the newer tournament player to enjoy the NABC experience!

The IN Program consists of selected bridge activities designed especially for the newer player in a special playing area. Each day the IN players meet in the program area and get to know one another. This environment allows the ACBL to create a home away from home for first-time tournament players.

Some of the highlights of the IN program are: an Opportunity to Compete with Your Peers — Games are stratified to ensure that your results are compared to those of other players at your same level of expertise!

A Variety of Types of Games — Pair games and team games.

Trophies — Trophies are given for wins at all levels!

The Winners’ Circle — The pictures of the IN winners are displayed and available to be taken home as a remembrance.

Specially Trained Directors — Your games are run by directors who understand the needs of the newer player.

A Celebrity Speaker Program — Enjoy meeting and listening to the best players and top bridge teachers. It’s an opportunity to learn from the best. Handouts are given out for each of the lectures, which are
scheduled before each afternoon and evening session (except for the last Sunday).

Special Social Events — Plan to attend the IN Reception on the first Saturday between sessions and socialize with your friends or go over those pesky hands while enjoying the hospitality of the NABC.

New Player Services Members — This group of volunteers will be available in the IN area to assist new players as needed with
questions and information — including helping you fill out your convention card, learning to read the result sheets, or handling the bidding boxes.

Special Partnership Desk! — Partners are guaranteed for players who sign up one hour prior to game time.

Special Registration Gift! — New players in the IN area consistently get a little something extra!

Table Giveaways and Door Prizes — You never know what special item will be yours when you play!

And Specifically in Orlando

There will be games available all during the tournament for players with 0 to 300 points at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Nov. 19 there will be Free Newcomer (0-5 masterpoints) Games at all starting times.

The American Contract Bridge League Welcomes Social Players to a Bridge Blast Weekend

Nov. 20 & 21, 2004 -- Two days of activities and bridge games for people interested in trying a low-key form of competitive bridge

Schedule of Activities
The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center

Saturday, Nov. 20

9:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastry

10 a.m. FREE Lesson with Audrey Grant: “Five Commonly Made Mistakes and How to Fix Them: An Introduction to Duplicate Strategy.”

Audrey Grant is one of the best-known bridge teachers and authors in the world. She also conducts popular bridge programs for Crystal Cruises. Audrey is the ideal person to introduce you to the fascinating world of duplicate bridge.

Following the Lesson

FREE Bridge Plus+ Game - Play just like you would in your own home or social bridge club. Teachers will be on hand if you have questions. You’ll have a record of hands you play for later discussions with your partner.

3 p.m. Special Newcomer Game for players with 0-5 masterpoints.
Trophies for the winning pair!

6:30 p.m. FREE Intermediate-Newcomer Reception
Fun, food and celebrity guests.

7:30 p.m. Special Newcomer Game for players with 0-5 masterpoints.
Trophies for the winning pair.

Sunday, Nov. 21

9:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastry

10 a.m. FREE Lesson with Marti Ronemus: “Long Suits – Better Than Money”

Marti Ronemus is the program director of the popular Easybridge! Program. She is a very successful bridge teacher and club manager who brings a sense of fun to everything. You’ll love Marti, her sense of humor and entertaining approach to the game.

Following the Lesson

FREE Easybridge! Game for 0-49 players
You’ll enjoy the easygoing style of Easybridge! as presented by Marti. Join us for short game and a fun experience.

3 p.m. Special Newcomer Game for players with 0-5, 0- 20 & 0-49 masterpoints.
Trophies for the winning pairs!

7:30 p.m. Special Newcomer Game for players with 0-5, 0-20 & 0-49 masterpoints.
Trophies for the winning pairs!

For program information, contact the Orlando NABC IN Coordinator, Sterling Odom or call 561-630-4174

Friday, Nov. 26 -- Win Gold Points in the National 99er Pairs - a two-session event offering gold points -- 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Bridge Celebrity Speakers - Free mini-lessons are offered at 9:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. all week (except the evening of the first Saturday and the final Sunday). Come early and enjoy listening to well-known bridge experts and teachers sharing their methods of winnning bridge. Click here for schedule.

Special offer for 0 to 100 IN players - Buy an entry Saturday, Nov. 20 through Wednesday, Nov. 24, and get a half-price entry coupon good for a session on Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 28.