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Astronaut Greg Johnson, Software Guru Bill Gates Make Appearances at 2009 Youth NABC

The excitement at the Washington NABC has been incredible. So much to report - but - for the moment, the focus is on Youth Bridge.

Hundreds of children from around the nation and beyond participated in our first Youth NABC. On Friday, the children had a triple dose of excitement. First, they were treated to a lecture with slides from astronaut and bridge player Greg Johnson. His tales were incredible, and seeing the ace of spades in space was amazing!

From outer space, the competitors began their Swiss Team event, filled with comparisons and matches. Then, one of the world's most famous bridge players stopped in to say "hi": Bill Gates. Bill is competing today in the National Open Swiss. But before meeting up with the worlds' best, Bill chatted and posed for photos with future bridge stars and our own head of ACBL Marketing, Vicki Campbell.

We've got loads more to report! Please stop by soon for more stories of bridge in our nation's capital!