Nov. 25-Dec. 5



Hotels & Transportation
All bridge play will be at the JW Marriott.
Hotel Reservations Now Open

For assistance, contact Conference Direct at (855)956-0776 or email acbl@conferencedirect.com

Hotel Cancellation Policy
Hotel cancellation policy

All reservations require a one-night room and tax deposit charged at the time of booking. This will appear on your credit card as “Convention Services, Folsom CA.” Effective Oct. 30, the one-night room and tax deposit becomes non-refundable.

The ACBL housing bureau, ConferenceDirect, will charge a 5% cancellation fee for cancellations made between booking and Oct. 29. Should you cancel, this charge will appear on your credit card statement as “Convention Services, Folsom CA.”

Host Hotels

JW Marriott
110 East 2nd
Austin, TX 78701
$179 + tax
Austin Marriott
304 East Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
$179 + tax



Austin Bergstrom
Airport (ABIA)

Supershuttle: Fee $15 (one way). Reservations required.
Estimated taxi fare: $32 (one way)
Bus service fee: $2 (one way)



Triweekly service
Texas Eagle: Chicago – San Antonio
1.1 mi
Metro Bus #4 $1.25



5.7 mi
Metro Bus #7 $1.25
MetroRail $3.50 (30 min)

Driving Directions


JW Marriott JW Marriott
Downtown Downtown

  • Street Parking:
    $2 hr; ParkATX app or Google Maps
  • Uber from the Bridge Center
  • Metro Bus Service $1.25
  • MetroRail and MetroExpress $3.50
  • JW Marriott: 0-3 hrs, $20; 3-6 hrs, $30; 6+ hrs, $49
  • Austin City Hall Garage: 3+ hours $25

Tournament Fees

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). If you have never been an ACBL member, you can purchase a full-year membership or become a guest member (120 days Free). Join now!

Entry Fees (per person/per session)

All fees are subject to change without notice.

Events ACBL Members* Inactive members**
NABC+ (Platinum points)
$1.50 per entry benefits the International Fund
$30 Not Eligible
NABC (Gold and Red points) $22 Not Eligible
Regional / Gold Rush (Gold and Red points) $20 $24
Intermediate/Newcomer (0-299er, Red points) $15 $19

* Members who are up-to-date with their membership dues or service fee** Inactive members may renew during the event, or pay a $4 upcharge per session

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 $20 is $80 for a team of four, $100 for a team of five, or $120 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: $10 per session per pair and $20 per session per team is added to events when screens are in use.

Youth Regional-rated Event Free Entry All Youth members are eligible for free entries that may be used at any Regional-rated event***.

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.

These are the amounts that each eligible Junior category will pay during NABCs (screen fees are not included in the Junior/Youth coupons and must be paid separately):

Events Youth Full-time Student,
age 21-25
NBO Junior
NABC+ $10 $10 Free
NABC $7 $7 Free
Regional / Gold Rush Free $5 Free
Intermediate/Newcomer Free Free Free

*** All Intermediate/Novice and Gold Rush events at NABCs are Regional-rated events

NABC Schedule
All bridge play will be at the JW Marriott.

Print Schedule

I/N Schedule

Print Schedule

Conditions of Contest
Like all Olympic sports, bridge has a precise set of rules for competition. The Conditions of Contest detail these protocols and regulations for every event played at the NABC. Whether you need to know the rules for General Knockout Teams or you are looking for specific information about Blue Ribbon Pairs, the Conditions of Contest will guide you.

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

Best Practices Teacher Workshop

This workshop covers proven techniques that help teachers be more effective in their classroom. The focus is on how, rather than what, to teach. It is built around simulations to engage participants in analyzing and practicing as well as giving and receiving feedback on working with students while delivering bridge lessons.

Best Practices Teacher Certification: To earn it, workshop participants are required to pass a proficiency assessment. Assessments are conducted at the conclusion of the workshop and are scheduled in 20 minute time slots.



Pre-register online and guarantee your seat. All registrants must pass a Basic Bridge Knowledge Test to participate in the workshop (pass score: 70%).

Workshop fee: $125
Dates: Participants must attend all three days
Friday, Nov. 26(1 to 5 pm)
Saturday, Nov. 27 (8 am to noon)
Sunday, Nov. 28 (8 am to noon)

Thanks to a program from the Educational Foundation, TAP-accredited teachers can get a special deal on workshop fees. The foundation will pay a partial rebate for costs over $50. Just apply for the rebate after you attend the workshop. The amount charged over the first $50 will be reimbursed (maximum $75 repayment).

Proficiency Assessment

Pre-register to participate in the workshop and the ACBL Education department will contact you to schedule your assessment. Assessments take only 20 minutes.

Assessment fee: $25
Sunday, Nov. 28 (between 2pm and 6pm)
Monday, Nov. 29 (between 8am and 5pm)

For more information contact the ACBL education department at education@acbl.org or 662-253-3115

Learn Bridge in A Day?®

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.


Pre-register online and guarantee your seat. Textbooks and door prizes are included in the fee.

Fee: $20 online, $25 at the door
Date: Saturday, Nov. 27
Time: 1pm to 6pm

Questions about this course? Contact Patty Tucker at patty@whirlwindbridge.com or (404) 735-4779
Need help with registration? Contact marketing@acbl.org or 662-253-3112

Notrump in A Day

This workshop explores basic notrump bidding and the most common responses, from raises to Stayman and Jacoby Transfers. If you need help knowing when to use which convention, what your second bid should be or what your partner is telling you, this workshop is for you!


Pre-register online and guarantee your seat. Textbooks are included in the fee.

Fee: $20 online, $25 at the door
Date: Sunday, Nov. 28
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm

Questions about this course? Contact Patty Tucker at patty@whirlwindbridge.com or (404) 735-4779
Need help with registration? Contact marketing@acbl.org or 662-253-3112

Learn Bridge in A Day? Instructor Accreditation

This program instructs teachers in methods of administering and presenting LBIAD. Teachers wishing to be accredited must complete the following two requirements:

  • Serve as a Table Mentor at an LBIAD seminar led by Patty Tucker, and
  • Attend a two-hour LBIAD Teacher Training event presented by Whirlwind Bridge.

Teacher Training will include information on organizing and marketing LBIAD as well as maximizing retention rates, writing effective grant requests and the presentation of the seminar.


Fee: $75. Any teacher who purchases an LBIAD License within 30 days of Accreditation will receive a $50 discount.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 27
LBIAD Seminar: 1 to 6 pm
LBIAD Instructor Accreditation: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
(a light meal is provided between sessions)

Registrations and more information: contact Patty Tucker at patty@whirlwindbridge.com or call 404-735-4779

Club and Cruise Directors Course

This comprehensive course prepares candidates for directing club and bridge cruise games. Anyone interested in becoming a club director or a director aboard a cruise ship is invited to participate.



Fee: $50
Dates and Times: TBD

Questions? Contact Debbie Vicknair at directorcourses@acbl.org or 662-253-3164

Club Director Refresher Course

This continuing education course for club directors covers updates to Chapters 4 and 5 of the ACBL handbook. Participants must attend both sessions.


Fee: $15. Sign up at door
Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1
Time: 9 am to noon, both days

Questions? Contact Debbie Vicknair at directorcourses@acbl.org or 662-253-3164

Reception for Club Officials & Teachers

Enjoy ACBL’s thank you reception for the club officials and teachers who recruit and retain our members. All club managers, teachers and club directors are invited to attend. Only those who Preregister for the reception will be eligible to win a door prize at the event.
Friday, Nov. 26 – 4:30 pm to 6 pm

Meeting of the Board of Governors

Board of Governors discussion will include recent actions of the Board of Directors and reports from the Executive Director, In-house Counsel and treasurer, as well as new proposals from the Board of Governors. All ACBL members are invited to attend.

Sunday, November 28 – 10 am to noon

Audrey Grant’s Continuing Education for Teachers and Club Managers

When it comes to bridge, Audrey Grant is a household name. For decades, she has taught students, teachers and club owners across the world. Her hands-on approach and creative use of the table, cards and bid boxes has helped keep students engaged, excited and focused.

Audrey will walk through and explain teaching techniques in this hour-and-a-half seminar. Following the seminar, you can attend her free two-hour bridge lesson.


Fee: $20. Includes textbook, seminar and breakfast
Date: Sunday, November 28
Time: 8:30 to 10 am, followed by a free two-hour lesson

Registration and more information: visit www.betterbridgeteachers.com

Around Town
Austin Attractions
While you’re in Austin, take some time to explore the city and some of its one-of-a-kind attractions! While known for its thriving live music scene, there’s plenty more to do in this Texas town, like visiting historic sites, sampling local barbecue and Tex-Mex, viewing local art and more.

Texas State Capitol

austinA grand, granite tribute to the Lone Star State, the Texas State Capitol is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most impressive capitol buildings. It has been named a National Historic Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Free guided tours are available Monday to Friday.

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
1100 Congress Ave.
(512) 305-8400

Blanton Museum of Art
austinHolding the largest public art collection in Central Texas, the Blanton Museum of Art has been recognized for its selection of modern and contemporary American and Latin American art as well as European paintings, prints and drawings.

Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.
(512) 471-7324

Bullock Texas State History Museum
austinSee the “Story of Texas” with three floors of interactive exhibits at the Bullock Texas State History Museum or take in an IMAX or special effects show. In November, there will be a visiting exhibition of American folk art and objects. Advance tickets are required.

Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
1800 N. Congress Ave.
(512) 936-8746

A full list of Austin attractions is available on the tourism website or you can order a free printed version of an Austin visitors guide here.

Restaurant Guide

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Tournament Committee

Position Name & Email
Chair BJ Sanders
Co-Chair Sally Sassen
I/N Chair Jean Durocher
I/N Co-Chair Earnestine Broyles
Facilities Coordinator Tom Bell
Sponsorships Pat Berry
Rachell Jackson
Partnerships Pat Berry
Information Terri O’Brien
Linda Griffith
Volunteers Rachell Jackson
Cindy Bell
Volunteer Hospitality Cindy Bell
Registration Rita Wiegenstein
Billie Ogens
Prizes Sharon Hoger
Restaurant Guide Larry Davis
Bobbie Gruhlkey
Treasurer Robert Donathan

Safety Protocols

In accordance with the city of Austin’s current safety requirements to minimize COVID-19 exposure and spread, face masks must be worn at all times in the tournament area. Additionally, participants of any NABC event must be fully vaccinated and will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccine status. We will notify attendees at a later date with details on how to verify their vaccination status to ensure the verification process is as seamless as possible.