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2024 NABC Spring Louisville

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The North American Bridge Championships (NABC) offers an excellent chance to dive into the world of bridge and explore the best of a new city.

More advanced players can play in premier events awarding platinum masterpoints; those looking for gold points will have plenty of opportunities, too. Newer players, and even absolute beginners, can learn and hone new skills in a dedicated space just for them.

Whether you’re here for a day, a weekend or all 10 days, it’s a wonderful time full of meeting fellow bridge players from all over and playing the world’s best card game.




Hotel & Transportation

Host Hotel

The Galt House, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
140 N. Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202

East Tower – $184 + tax per night
West Tower – $164 + tax per night

For assistance, contact The Galt House directly at (502) 589-5200

Reservations for room block now closed. Please contact the Galt House directly.


The $10 entry fee discounts for those staying at The Galt House are accessible via Entry Express when you purchase entries. If you did not book a room through ConferenceDirect and made an independent reservation, please visit one of the Entry Express help desks upon arrival in Louisville. This will ensure the discount is applied.

Thank you to the members who participated in the “Buy 2, Get 2” promotion! It was a great success and has ended. Stay tuned for future offers on our website!

Hotel Cancellation Policy
The ACBL will no longer charge a one-night room deposit to the credit card of a guest at the time of booking their hotel reservation. ACBL will charge a $150 CANCELATION FEE starting at sixty (60) days prior to that NABC’s Major Arrival Date, in addition to any cancelation fees the hotel may charge. Request for cancelation policy exceptions should be directed in writing to the ACBL Meeting Services Manager at nabc@acbl.org.
Parking & Transportation
Galt House Parking
$20 Self parking per night
$30 Valet parking per night

Scooter Rentals
Scooter rentals are available in Louisville, offering delivery and pick-up services at The Galt House. For more details, click here.

Schedules & Fees

Each NABC has a wide variety of events each day, whether you’re just starting out, looking for gold points or aiming for an NABC title. The Full Schedule shows each event broken down by date and time and is color coded to help you find games to suit your interest.


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Purchasing with Entry Express
Any player may purchase entries through Entry Express. To receive the $10 discount (if you qualify), you MUST use Entry Express. For more information check here.
Full Schedule
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2024 Louisville HTML Schedule

Wednesday, March 13

12 & 5 pm BALDWIN NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS FLIGHT A
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions; Pre-qualification required

Thursday, March 14

10 am International Fund Pairs
Thu-Sat Daylight Series
International Fund 299er Pairs
10 am & 3 pm BALDWIN NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS FLIGHT A
Int'l Fund/Ed Found Open Pairs (unlim./4000/1500)
Int'l Fund/Ed Found Gold Rush Pairs
IF/EF Bracketed Round Robin Teams
3 pm Educational Foundation Pairs
Thu-Sat Daylight Series
Educational Foundation 299er Pairs

Friday, March 15

10 am Terri Chandler “Play Pretty” Friday Morning Side Pairs
Thu-Sat Daylight Series
Jackie Merkel Memorial 299er Pairs
10 am & 3 pm KAY PLATINUM PAIRS
2 qualifying, 2 semifinal & 2 final sessions; Qualification required
LEBHAR IMP PAIRS
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
SENIOR MIXED PAIRS
Must have been born before Jan. 1, 1960; 2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
Ellen Kozlove Open Pairs (unlim./4000/1500)
Woody Woodworth Gold Rush Pairs
Howard H. Hall Memorial Open Bracketed Round Robin Teams
3 pm Ralph Letezia Friday Afternoon Side Pairs
Thu-Sat Daylight Series
Jackie Merkel Memorial 299er Pairs
7:30 pm Jean Donoho Friday Evening Side Pairs
Fri-Mon Evening Series

Saturday, March 16

10 am Saturday Morning Side Pairs
Thu-Sat Daylight Series
Jackie Merkel Memorial 299er Pairs
Bridge Plus+ (0-20)
Free: 12 deals (0-20), follows 8 am lesson
10 am & 3 pm LEBHAR IMP PAIRS
SENIOR MIXED PAIRS
KAY PLATINUM PAIRS
NABC+ OPEN PAIRS
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
Duane Andrews Open Pairs (unlim./4000/1500)
Missy Hubbuch Memorial Gold Rush Pairs
Brian Ross Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
Stephanie Hope Carpenter Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0-4000)
10 am & 3:30 pm 0-10,000 SWISS TEAMS
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
3 pm Jane and Jim Gormong Saturday Afternoon Side Pairs
Thu-Sat Daylight Series
Jackie Merkel Memorial 299er Pairs
7:30 pm Saturday Evening Side Pairs
Fri-Mon Evening Series

Sunday, March 17

10 am Billie Brown Sunday Morning Side Pairs
Sun-Tue Daylight Series
James D. Olson 299er Pairs
Bridge Plus+ (0-20)
Free: 12 deals (0-20), follows 8 am lesson
10 am & 1 pm Fast Pairs
10 am & 3 pm LEVENTRITT SILVER RIBBON PAIRS
Must have been born before Jan. 1, 1960; 2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
NABC+ OPEN PAIRS
Jim Watson Memorial Open Pairs
Michael McCann Memorial Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./5000)
Michael McCann Memorial Mid-Flight Swiss Teams (4000/1250)
Michael McCann Memorial Gold Rush Swiss Teams
10 am & 3:30 pm KAY PLATINUM PAIRS
0-10,000 SWISS TEAMS
3 pm Billie Brown Sunday Afternoon Side Pairs
Sun-Tue Daylight Series
299er Pairs
7:30 pm Sunday Evening Side Pairs
Fri-Mon Evening Series

Monday, March 18

10 am Phyllis Costello Monday Morning Side Pairs
Sun-Tue Daylight Series
299er Pairs
99er Pairs
10 am & 3 pm LEVENTRITT SILVER RIBBON PAIRS
Bill Toutant Top-Flight Pairs (unlim./5000)
Jerry Hess Memorial Mid-Flight Pairs (4000/1250)
Jerry Hess Memorial Gold Rush Pairs
Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
Unit 193 Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0-4000)
10 am & 3:30 pm VANDERBILT KNOCKOUT TEAMS
Pre-registration required by 3:30pm Sunday 3/17
0-10,000 KNOCKOUT TEAMS
Pre-registration required by 3:30pm Sunday 3/17**
3 pm Billie Brown Monday Afternoon Side Pairs
Sun-Tue Daylight Series
299er Pairs
7:30 pm Monday Evening Side Pairs
Fri-Mon Evening Series

Tuesday, March 19

9:30 am & 3:30 pm VANDERBILT KNOCKOUT TEAMS
0-10,000 KNOCKOUT TEAMS
10 am Billie Brown Tuesday Morning Side Pairs
Sun-Tue Daylight Series
299er Pairs
99er Pairs
10 am & 3 pm ROCKWELL MIXED PAIRS
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
0-2500 SWISS TEAMS
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
Verna Goldberg Open Pairs (unlim./4000/1500)
Mike Lipp Gold Rush Pairs
Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
Bluegrass Bridge Association Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0-4000)
3 pm Billie Brown Tuesday Afternoon Side Pairs
Sun-Tue Daylight Series
299er Pairs
7:30 pm Tuesday Evening Side Pairs
Tue-Fri Evening Series

Wednesday, March 20

9:30 am & 3:30 pm VANDERBILT KNOCKOUT TEAMS
0-10,000 KNOCKOUT TEAMS
10 am John Peake Wednesday Morning Side Pairs
Wed-Thu Daylight Series
299er Pairs
10 am & 3 pm ROCKWELL MIXED PAIRS
0-2500 SWISS TEAMS
Sharon Austin Top-Flight Pairs (unlim./5000)
Belleoflondon Memorial Mid-Flight Pairs (4000/1250)
Unit 193 Gold Rush Pairs
Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
Sarah Sentman Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0-4000)
3 pm John Peake Wednesday Afternoon Side Pairs
Wed-Thu Daylight Series
299er Pairs
7:30 pm Wednesday Evening Side Pairs
Tue-Fri Evening Series

Thursday, March 21

9:30 am & 3:30 pm VANDERBILT KNOCKOUT TEAMS
10 am John Peake Thursday Morning Side Pairs
Wed-Thu Daylight Series
299er Pairs
10 am & 3 pm SILODOR OPEN PAIRS
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
SMITH WOMEN'S PAIRS
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
0-2500 PAIRS
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
Jim Sorrent Open Pairs (unlim./4000/1500)
Mary Van Cleve Memorial Gold Rush Pairs
Franny Van Cleve Memorial Bracketed Round Robin Teams
3 pm John Peake Thursday Afternoon Side Pairs
Wed-Thu Daylight Series
Sandy Spears “Make a Plan” 299er Pairs
7:30 pm Thursday Evening Side Pairs
Tue-Fri Evening Series

Friday, March 22

9:30 am & 3:30 pm VANDERBILT KNOCKOUT TEAMS
10 am Cynthia Hall Friday Morning Side Pairs
Fri-Sun Daylight Series
Sandy Spears “4-4, to the Floor” 299er Pairs
10 am & 3 pm SILODOR OPEN PAIRS
SMITH WOMEN'S PAIRS
0-2500 PAIRS
Unit 130 Club Managers Top-Flight Pairs (unlim./5000)
Sandy Spears Mid-Flight Pairs (4000/1250)
Gold Rush Pairs
Larry Kozlove Memorial Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
Jackie Merkel Memorial Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0-4000)
3 pm Cynthia Hall Friday Afternoon Side Pairs
Fri-Sun Daylight Series
Jackie Merkel Memorial 299er Pairs
7:30 pm Friday Evening Side Pairs
Tue-Fri Evening Series

Saturday, March 23

9:30 am & 3:30 pm VANDERBILT KNOCKOUT TEAMS
10 am Saturday Morning Side Pairs
Fri-Sun Daylight Series
Sandy Spears “5-5, High Five” 299er Paris
10 am & 1 pm Fast Pairs
10 am & 3 pm GOLDER NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS FLIGHT B
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions; Pre-qualification required
PRESIDENT'S CUP NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS FLIGHT C
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions; Pre-qualification required
Larry Kozlove Memorial Top-Flight Pairs (unlim./6000/4500)
Mid-Flight Pairs (4000/1500/750)
Jackie Merkel Memorial Open Bracketed Round Robin Teams
10 am & 3:30 pm JACOBY OPEN SWISS TEAMS
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
WOMEN'S OPEN SWISS TEAMS
2 qualifying & 2 final sessions
3 pm Saturday Afternoon Side Pairs
Fri-Sun Daylight Series
Jackie Merkel Memorial 299er Pairs

Sunday, March 24

9:30 am & 3:30 pm VANDERBILT KNOCKOUT TEAMS
10 am Annease and Marvin Comer Memorial Sunday Morning Side Pairs
Fri-Sun Daylight Series
Sandy Spears “Length Over Strength” 299er Pairs
10 am & 1 pm Fast Pairs
10 am & tba Top-Flight Swiss Teams (unlim./6000/4500)
Playthrough with a short break
Jackie Merkel Memorial Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0-4000)
Playthrough with a short break
10 am & 3 pm GOLDER NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS FLIGHT B
PRESIDENT'S CUP NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS FLIGHT C
10 am & 3:30 pm JACOBY OPEN SWISS TEAMS
WOMEN'S OPEN SWISS TEAMS
2 pm Sunday Afternoon Side Pairs
Fri-Sun Daylight Series
299er Pairs
Stratification for open regional events is unlimited/2500/750 unless otherwise noted.

Regional top-flight, mid-flight, and side pair events play 26 or 27 boards per session. Gold Rush pairs play 24 boards per session. Swiss and Round Robin team events typically play 24 boards per session, depending on the event or bracket size.

In gold-point events of two or more sessions, overall awards and section tops are paid in gold to any strat that has a maximum of 750 or higher. Side Pairs Series pay gold only to the open strat, and it is necessary to play two or more sessions in the series to earn gold.

All regional team events use the 20-point VP scale.

I/N events are stratified as appropriate at the discretion of the director. No player may be over 300.

All players must have an ACBL member number to participate in any event (ACBL member numbers are valid for life, even if your membership is inactive). Not a member? Join now!

Entry Fees (per person/per session)
All fees are subject to change without notice.

Events ACTIVE ACBL MEMBERS
WITH DISCOUNT
ACTIVE ACBL MEMBERS
WITHOUT DISCOUNT
Premier NABC+ (Platinum points, some stages on screens)
$1.50 per entry benefits the International Fund
$40 $50
NABC+ (Platinum points)
$1.50 per entry benefits the International Fund
$30 $40
NABC (Gold and Red points) $25 $35
Regional / Gold Rush (Gold and Red points) $22* $32*
Evening Events (Gold and Red points) $22* $22*
Intermediate/Newcomer (0-299er, Red points) $18* $28*

* For Premier, NABC+ and NABC events, participants must be full ACBL members and up-to-date with their membership dues or services fees. For all other events, participants must be ACBL members (guest membership permitted). Inactive members may renew during the event, or pay a $5 upcharge per session.

DISCOUNT ELIGIBILITY:

  1. Members who stay at a contracted hotel will be eligible to receive a $10 per session discount through their Entry Express entry. (Up to two members, per room night, non-transferrable.)
  2. To qualify, make sure that each ACBL member is listed as a registered guest at the contracted hotel for the duration of the stay.
  3. Each member will receive two discounts per room night plus two additional entries. (e.g. A six-night stay is equivalent to 7 days or 14 sessions of discount.)

Members of the host district need not stay in a contracted hotel to receive the discount, but they must purchase through Entry Express.

Team Entry Fees: For team events of three or more sessions, the entry fee is the base price of the event, times the number of people on the team. For example, an event with a base price of $35 is $140 for a team of four, $175 for a team of five, or $210 for a team of six. In all team events, except one- or two-session Swiss events, entry fees are charged on a per person basis.

Screen Fees: Effective January 1, 2024, we are no longer charging screen fees for events.

Youth & Junior Entry Fees
All fees are in USD and subject to change without notice.

NBO Junior Player Free Entry: Juniors named to teams to represent Zone 2 NBOs in world competitions (“Junior NBO Player”) will receive free plays for NABCs occurring between the time they are named to the team and the world championship. These free entries can only be used while playing in a team or pair made up of Zone 2’s NBO Junior Players.

All other Youth and Juniors are eligible for free or discounted entries as follows (in USD):

Events Youth
age <21
Junior
age 21-25
NBO Junior
Player
Premier NABC+ $15 $15 Free
NABC+ $5 $5 Free
NABC Free Free Free
Regional / Gold Rush Free Free Free
Evening Events(Gold and Red points) Free Free Free
Intermediate/Newcomer Free Free Free


For New Players
Just getting started? Try the friendly bridge experience of the Intermediate/Newcomer Area at the NABC! This welcoming area features many chances to learn more (often for free) and practice with players at your skill level. Stop by the Intermediate/Newcomer Desk for more information.

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Soak up some bridge knowledge, sharpen your skills and take your game to new heights as you learn from world-class teachers and players.
Most days at 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. before the morning and afternoon games. Schedule coming soon!


Learn Bridge in A Day?

You’ll nail the basics of bridge in this interactive class that has both instruction and coached play. If you’re just starting, returning to the game or wanting to test the waters before taking formal lessons, this course is for you. Leave the class and take on a newcomer game!

Saturday, March 16
Time:
1– 6 p.m.
Fee: $25 pre-registered or $30 at the door – includes textbook

Preempts in A Day

Learn how to bid and respond to Weak Twos and Preempts! This seminar is for players who want to explore basic preemptive bidding, both as an opening bid or an overcall. Topics include when to open weak twos and preempts,
and how to respond with both a strong hand or a weak hand with a good fit. Come join us and explore the ins and outs of these bids!

Sunday, March 17
Time:
1– 5 p.m.
Fee: $25 pre-registered or $30 at the door – includes textbook

Free Lessons

Both lessons will be followed by a free 12-board game for newer players (0-20 masterpoints).

Saturday, March 16
Time:
8am -9:45am
Teacher: Jerry Helms
Topic: Defense

Sunday, March 17
Time:
8am -9:45am
Teacher: Patty Tucker
Topic: Simple Squeezes


Other Games
Level up your experience at the Spring NABC with some bonus events! Experience three unique evening activities filled with a variety of entertaining games for bridge players and their companions. In fact, we’re inviting all Louisville residents to Come Play Cards with Us!

Come Play Cards With Us

Join us for a night of fun for all card game lovers! Whether you’re a Spades, Hearts, or Euchre enthusiast, this event is perfect for you. Bring your friends, even if they’re not bridge players. Plus, we’ve got a cash bar to keep the good times rolling.

Saturday, March 16
Time:
7:30 p.m.

Bridge Mania

Join us for bridge-themed games like Jeopardy, Family Feud, Wild Hand Tournament and “Whats the Score” Trivia. Light food, cash bar and prizes for winners handed out by ACBL Executive Director, Bronia Jenkins.

Monday, March 18
Time:
8:30 p.m.

Beyond Bridge

Picture yourself challenging Bob Hamman and Joe Grue at backgammon, John Hurd and David Grainger at Catan, Eddie Wold at cribbage, or George Jacobs at pretty much any game! No masterpoints, no directors (except as players), just snacks, a cash bar, friends and fun.

Thursday, March 21
Time:
8:30 p.m.


Seminars & Meetings
Beyond the games at the NABCs, members can enjoy educational programs. Below is a listing of the seminars being offered in Louisville. Please check the NABC Daily Bulletin for the exact location of each session.

Best Practices Teacher Workshop

This workshop covers proven techniques designed to enhance the effectiveness of teachers in their classrooms. The focus is on how, rather than what, to teach. Participants may opt to demonstrate their Best Practices proficiency on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning to earn certification as an ACBL Best Practices teacher. For more information visit acbl.org/bpteacher.

Friday–Sunday, March 15-17
Time: 1–5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.–noon Saturday and Sunday
Fee: $125

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers

The ACBL hosts this reception to say thank you to the club officials and teachers who recruit and retain our members. We invite club managers, teachers and club directors to attend. A light meal and adult beverages will be served. Event is free, but registration is required. Deadline to register is March 1. Walk-ups are not guaranteed admittance.

Friday, March 15
Time:
6:30 – 8pm

Learn Bridge in A Day? Instructor Accreditation

This program instructs teachers in methods of administering and presenting LBIAD.

Saturday, March 16
Time:
6:30–8:30 p.m. A light meal will be provided 6–6:30 p.m.
Fee: $75
Register: Email Patty Tucker at patty@whirlwindbridge.com

Teacher Breakfast Meeting

See presentations from ABTA Master Teachers of award-winning teaching materials and learn how the ACBL and ACBL Educational Foundation can help you. The first 20 teachers who register receive complimentary copies of the materials, and non-ABTA members receive a free one-year membership in the ABTA. Registration required. Deadline to register is March 1. Walk-ups are not guaranteed admittance.

Monday, March 18
Time:
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.


About the City & Restaurants
Louisville is a thriving city that combines heritage, originality and friendliness. It was also listed as one of 52 Places to Go in 2023 by The New York Times. While in this unique city for the NABC, be sure to explore its iconic attractions and vibrant neighborhoods – and enjoy the local bourbon scene!

For a detailed list and more information, visit gotolouisville.com



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Explore exciting restaurants in Louisville with this Google Map. Discover top dining experiences and earn masterpoints along the way!

Local Bourbon Distilleries

Louisville is known as Bourbon City, and as such, is home to countless bourbon experiences, like distillery tours, cocktail tastings and more. There are 11 distilleries to explore, from the historic to the artisanal.

Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum is an American Thoroughbred horse racing museum located on the grounds of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Dedicated to preserving the history of the Kentucky Derby, it first opened its doors to the public in the spring of 1985.

Louisville Slugger Museum

Leaning like an all-American obelisk on its building, the Louisville Slugger Museum’s signature giant-size baseball bat is recognized as the biggest piece of ash that will never see any action on the diamond. Inside the facility, visitors are treated to a baseball experience that details the history of this iconic Major League Baseball fixture since 1884.

Muhammad Ali Center

Located in downtown Louisville, the Muhammad Ali Center features two and a half levels of award-winning exhibits exploring Ali’s epic life and core values. The center also includes a five-screen orientation film, Civil Rights Era media footage, video of Ali fights, hands-on boxing fun and art galleries.

Frazier History Museum

n affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Frazier is home to one of the largest collections of toy soldiersand historic miniatures on permanent public display in the world, The Stewart Collection. Subjects of other permanent exhibitions include historic arms, bourbon whiskey, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Founded in 2004 as a museum of historical arms and armor, the Frazier has since expanded its focus to cover regional, national, and international history.

Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum in Louisville is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museums and features a fantastic collection spanning more than 6000 years of human history. Travel + Leisure Magazine calls it one of “The World’s Most Beautiful New Museums.”

Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

Constructed by local architect Arthur Loomis, the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum is nestled in Old Louisville and sits among the largest collection of Victorian homes in the United States. From beautiful woodwork to magnificent stained-glass windows, the historic house has been lovingly restored to the Edwardian Era, complete with items owned by the Conrads and Caldwells.


Contacts

Tournament Committee

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to provide the best experience for all attending. Volunteer and receive a discounted entry fee and a complimentary lunch. Sign up here!

Position Name & Email
Tournament Chair Joanne Traver Envelope Link
Intermediate/Newcomer Sandy Spears Envelope Link
Tinker Zimmerman Envelope Link
Partnership Dallas Moore Envelope Link
Registration Judy Geralds Envelope Link
Information David & Linda Frantz Envelope Link
Finance Chuck Fassler Envelope Link
Fundraising Bob Losey Envelope Link
Prizes Denise Tonini Envelope Link
Volunteer Coordinator Helene Gordon Envelope Link
Charity Beth Dlutowski Envelope Link
Hospitality Holly Haines Envelope Link
Restaurant Guide Carolyn Carpenter Envelope Link

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