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2025 Memphis NABC

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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

Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
250 N Main St
Memphis, TN 38103

$169+tax per night

Host Hotel

Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown
300 N 2nd St
Memphis, TN 38105

$169+tax per night

Reservations will open on September 11, 2024. We will be sending out emails and post a direct link, phone number, and email address of our housing provider for you to use to book your room. Please do not contact the hotel directly.

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.
NABC Hotel Reservations FAQ
How do I book a hotel for the NABC?
Visit the “Hotel and Transportation” section at the top of the NABC page on ACBL’s website. This section will have the link for booking via ConferenceDirect (our housing partner).

Are there special hotel rates for NABC participants?
Yes. When you make your hotel reservation through ConferenceDirect, you will receive a discounted rate if you have booked by the published cut-off date. The discounted rate will not be available for reservations made after the published cut-off date. Reservations must be made through ConferenceDirect.

How do I contact ConferenceDirect if I want to book over the phone or have other questions?
You can reach ConferenceDirect by phone at 855-956-0776 or email at acbl@conferencedirect.com.

What information is needed for making a hotel reservation?
You will need to provide your name, credit card, arrival/departure dates and any room preferences.

What’s the cancellation policy for NABC hotel reservations?
Starting 60 days prior to the NABC’s Major Arrival Date, there is a $150 cancellation fee, in addition to any cancellation fees the hotel may charge. Requests for cancellation policy exceptions should be directed in writing to the ACBL Meeting Services Manager at nabc@acbl.org.

How can I request special accommodations?
If you have special needs, please signal them when booking the room online. (There is a box for special requests when booking online.) You can also contact the hotel directly two weeks prior to your arrival date.

Can I extend my stay at the NABC rate?
Dates requested outside of the listed NABC dates are subject to availability at the hotel and can be requested through the waitlist option. They are not guaranteed.

How do I change or cancel my booking?
Use the ConferenceDirect link or phone number provided in your confirmation. Changes must be requested via ConferenceDirect before the listed cut-off date. After that date, you need to contact the hotel directly. A $150 cancellation fee will apply to cancellations made less than 60 days ahead of the NABC.

Who to contact for booking issues?
Reach out to ConferenceDirect customer service by phone at 855-956-0776 or email at acbl@conferencedirect.com with issues booking through ConferenceDirect. If you made your reservation directly with the hotel or another service, please contact the hotel.

Is transportation to the NABC venue included?
Depending on the hotel’s availability, there may be a shuttle service. Check the NABC page of ACBL’s website or the hotel website for availability.

Are roommate matching services offered?
No, participants must arrange their own roommates.

Can I earn hotel loyalty points with my booking?
Yes, if you provide your loyalty number during check-in at the hotel.

What if the official NABC host hotels are full?
Reservations at the host hotel are not guaranteed. If the room block is full, ConferenceDirect or the ACBL may suggest alternative accommodations or provide a link to make reservations at additional locations.

Are group bookings available for bridge clubs?
Yes, you will need to contact the Meeting Services Department at ACBL 662-662-3173 or nabc@acbl.org.

How soon should I book my hotel for the NABC?
Reservations open nine months in advance of the NABC for ACBL Patron members and six months in advance for all other ACBL members. Note that rooms in the official block tend to fill quickly.

Will I pay the full price upfront for my hotel?
No. While credit card information is taken upon reservation, you will be charged at check-out (unless hotel policy states otherwise).

Is there a deadline for the discounted NABC hotel rates?
Yes, check the NABC page of ACBL‘s website for the booking cut-off date.

Can I book hotels for the NABC outside ConferenceDirect?
You are not required to book through ConferenceDirect, but doing so is the only way to access the specially negotiated rate for members. Neither ConferenceDirect nor the ACBL can help with reservations, waitlists or special requests if booked otherwise.

What does it mean to be waitlisted?
Being waitlisted doesn’t necessarily mean that there are no available rooms. It indicates that the requested accommodation is not immediately confirmed due to various reasons.

  • Examples of waitlisted scenarios:
  • • Insufficient contracted rooms for that night.
  • • Requested night falls outside our contracted dates.
  • • Limited inventory available for the requested night.
  • • Specific room type not available.

How are waitlisted reservations managed?
To address a waitlisted situation, ConferenceDirect takes the following steps:

  • • Contacts the hotel to check for availability at our contracted rate; if unavailable, explores options at the rack rate.
  • • Adjusts the room block by reallocating rooms from other blocks (e.g., patron, staff, board, etc.).
  • • May adjust from another block or negotiate with the hotel for additional room availability.

In some cases, there might not be an immediate fix available. In such instances, we determine the best alternative among our other contracted hotels. If you encounter this scenario, please direct inquiries to nabc@acbl.org.

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.

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!

 

For Newer 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.
Celebrity Speakers Schedule
2025 Spring NABC Celebrity Speaker Schedule*

Friday, March 14
9:15 a.m. • TBD
2:15 p.m. • TBD

Saturday, March 15
8-9:45 a.m. • Free Lesson • TBD • Players with 0-20 mps are invited to stay for a free 12-board game.
9:15 a.m. • TBD
1-6 p.m. • Patty Tucker • Learn Bridge in a Day® • $25 USD pre-registered or $30 at the door

Sunday, March 16
8-9:45 a.m. • Free Lesson • TBD • Players with 0-20 mps are invited to stay for a free 12-board game.
9:15 a.m. • TBD
1-5 p.m. • Patty Tucker • Preempts in a Day • $25pre-registered or $30 at the door
2:15 p.m. • TBD

Monday, March 17
9:15 a.m. • TBD
2:15 p.m. • TBD

Tuesday, March 18
9:15 a.m. • TBD
2:15 p.m. • TBD

Wednesday, March 19
9:15 a.m. • TBD
2:15 p.m. • TBD

Thursday, March 20
9:15 a.m. • TBD
2:15 p.m. • TBD

Friday, March 21
9:15 a.m. • TBD
2:15 p.m. • TBD

Saturday, March 22
9:15 a.m. • TBD

*Schedule subject to change

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 15
Time:
1– 6 p.m.
Fee: $25 USD pre-registered or $30 at the door – includes textbook
Location: Memphis Convention Center

Preempts in a Day

Preempts in A Day gives players a thorough grounding in these useful bids. Come join us and explore the ins and outs preempts!

Sunday, March 16
Time:
1– 5 p.m.
Fee: $25 USD pre-registered or $30 at the door – includes textbook
Location:Memphis Convention Center

Free Lessons

Both lessons will be followed by a free 12-board game for newer players (0-20 masterpoints). Pre-registration not required.

Saturday, March 15
Time:
8am -9:45am
Teacher: TBD
Topic: TBD
Location: Memphis Convention Center

Sunday, March 16
Time:
8am -9:45am
Teacher: TBD
Topic: TBD
Location: Memphis Convention Center

 

Other Games
Level up your experience at the Apring NABC with some bonus events! Experience two unique evening activities filled with a variety of entertaining games for bridge players and their companions.

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.

Sunday, March 16 (tentative)
Time:
8:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

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.

Wednesday, March 19 (tentative)
Time:
8:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

 


Seminars & Meetings
Beyond the games at the NABCs, members can enjoy educational programs. Below is a listing of the seminars being offered in Toronto. 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 14-16
Time: 1–5 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.–noon Saturday and Sunday
Fee: $125 USD, Assessment Fee (optional) $25 USD, 33.75 CAD
Location: TBD


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 June 21. Walkup admittance is not guaranteed.

Friday, March 14
Time:
6:30 – 8pm
Location: TBD

Contacts

Tournament Committee

Position Name & Email
Tournament Chair Bruce Wachsman Envelope Link
Finance & Fundraising Alan Greer Envelope Link
Registration Desk & Prizes Beth Simpson Envelope Link
Volunteers Vicki Empting Envelope Link
Publicity Jackie Stewart Envelope Link


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