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)

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%).

Important-All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be required to wear a mask during the class.

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

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.

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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

While we are excited to bring players back together to the bridge table, we will still approach the tournament with an abundance of caution. All NABC attendees, staff and volunteers must be fully vaccinated and have face masks properly worn at all times when present in the tournament areas. Attendees who are unable or unwilling to comply with these guidelines will not be admitted to the tournament. Additionally, temperature checks will be taken at each access point, and all monetary transactions will be cashless, including tournament fees.

We have procured VOW Digital Health to manage the verification process for vaccinations. To access VOW and begin the verification process, select a link:

Please watch the video below for instructions on how to obtain clearance into NABC. We encourage attendees to complete this verification process prior to arrival at the tournament, as it will streamline your entry to the NABC tournament floor and help you avoid long lines.

Safety Protocols FAQ

What health and safety measures are in place at the Fall 2021 NABC?
  • We want to assure all attendees that several precautions are being put in place for your safety. You can expect the following precautions at our event:
  • All attendees, staff and volunteers are required to wear masks covering the mouth and nose at all times when practicable inside the general tournament premises or “bubble” and at all times when inside any playing area (except when drinking water or eating). Face shields will only be allowed if used in addition to, not in replacement of, a face mask. Please see guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • We require all guests to be fully vaccinated in order to attend the event.
  • All monetary transactions will be cashless, including payment to participate in an NABC or Regional-rated game. (ACBL accepts all major credit cards.)
  • Temperature checks will be taken at each entry point.
  • There will be an increased frequency of cleaning of community spaces, tables, chairs and other commonly occupied areas.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available. Signage encouraging safety precautions will be prevalent.
  • Attendees will only be able to enter the bubble, including the Welcome Desk and playing areas, after receiving COVID-19 vaccination clearance at any of the five access points in the J.W. Marriott. Designated entrances and exits with the flow of traffic will be clearly defined with signage
What do I do if I’m unable to wear a face covering due to a disability?

There will be no exceptions regarding masks. See the answer to Q1 above. You will not be allowed to enter and/or remain inside the bubble if you are not wearing a mask according to the guidelines above.

What are my options if I cannot get vaccinated due to a medical condition or religious exemption?

There will be no exceptions to our vaccination policy. You will not be permitted entrance into the bubble without VOW Digital Health’s proof of your vaccination status.

What do I need to do in order to show proof of vaccination?

Attendees are required to show their proof of vaccination through VOW Digital Health on their smartphone. All NABC attendees must access VOW (U.S. players here, and international players here) and follow the steps to verify their identity and submit their health credentials. On the first day of the tournament, attendees will automatically receive their pass on their smartphone. Passes will remain valid through the end of the tournament.

This process will provide us an easy way to verify your vaccination prior to your arrival at the NABC. It will help us avoid long lines and prevent crowding outside the bubble. We ask that you have this verification completed before your arrival at the event. For assistance, please contact VOW Digital Health’s customer service at CustomerSupport@vow.app.

How do I prove my vaccination if I don’t have a smartphone?

For the smoothest process, we suggest you register for clearance in VOW using this link if you’re a U.S. resident or this link for international visitors via any computer prior to the event. At the first check-in point, you will need to present a government-issued ID and a print-out of your confirmation or access pass that you will carry at all times during the tournament. You can also request a wristband for future ease of clearance.

How do I complete vaccination verification through VOW?

VOW Digital Health provides an easy way to verify your vaccination in a few simple steps. Please view the video above to learn more.

I have a state- or country-approved vaccine passport on my phone. Can I use that to enter the tournament?

No. We are only accepting VOW Digital Health’s verification of your vaccination. Uploading your original vaccine record into VOW allows us to accurately verify your credentials, thus providing you clearance to enter the bubble. No QR codes will be accepted. To learn more about verifying your vaccination status on VOW Digital Health, click the following links:

Is there anything more I need to do if I’m traveling from another country?

Effective November 8, 2021, the United States will allow entry for international travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This will lift the previous ban on visitors from the European Union, the U.K. and other countries. International travelers entering the United States via land crossings from Canada and Mexico and by ferry are also required to be fully vaccinated upon arrival.

Additionally, international travelers arriving to the United States on or after Nov. 8 will no longer need to quarantine upon arrival, including those participating in the Fall 2021 NABC. However, the CDC still recommends obtaining a negative COVID test three days after arrival. Please see the international travelers guide here for more information.

Will there be staff members at the NABC to help me through the verification process if I can’t accomplish it on my own?

If you have questions about the process for verifying your vaccination status, please email CustomerSupport@vow.app to receive assistance or request to speak to a representative prior to your arrival.

What does “full vaccination” mean?

It means that by the date you attend the NABC, it must be:

  • at least 14 days after your second dose of an U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) approved two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • at least 14 days after your single dose of an FDA or WHO approved single dose COVID-19 vaccine.
What COVID-19 vaccinations will be accepted?

We will accept valid proof of full vaccination with:

  1. Any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Jansen.
  2. Any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization: AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm-BBIBP, Sinovac, Covishield.
  3. Any active COVID-19 vaccine used during a U.S.-based clinical trial: Novavax
  • All other COVID-19 vaccines, including Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, Covaxin and Sinopharm-WIBP, are not acceptable.
  • We will also accept mixed COVID-19 vaccine schedules of WHO-authorized vaccines to establish full vaccination status.
What do I do if I begin to feel symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 while at the tournament?

If you begin to feel symptoms, protect other players, staff and volunteers by getting tested. We’ll provide a list of nearby COVID-19 testing locations closer to the event date. If you test positive, please email nabc@acbl.org with your information and do not return to the tournament. Please follow the CDC’s guidelines and recommendations.

Will there be forced quarantining or contact tracing at the NABC?

Because all attendees will be vaccinated and masked, the CDC does not require forced quarantine should you be in close contact with an individual who tests positive. However, we understand each individual has varying degrees of comfort. So, when ACBL is notified of a positive case, we will contact the players who played with that individual over the past 24 hours and provide information resources and CDC recommendations.

What is the hotel refund policy if I’m unable to attend due to COVID-19?

If you are no longer able to attend the Fall 2021 NABC and it’s on or before October 30, 2021, contact Conference Direct at 855-956-0776 or email acbl@conferencedirect.com for a refund of your deposit less a 5% handling fee. Deposits for cancellations after October 30, 2021, are non-refundable pursuant to the ACBL’s Hotel Reservation Cancellation Policy.