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Host Hotels

Omni Providence Hotel

1 West Exchange Street
Providence RI 02903
$199 + tax

Providence Graduate Hotel

11 Dorrance Street
Providence RI 02903
$185 + tax

Hilton Providence Hotel

21 Atwells Avenue
Providence RI 02903
$179 + tax

Providence Courtyard by Marriott

32 Exchange Terrace
Providence RI 02903
$199 + tax



TF Green Airport is served by most major national airlines and is a short 15 minute ride to downtown Providence. The train station, Union Station, is located in the center of the city and is served by Amtrak and MBTA commuter railroads.

West coast and international travelers may find it more convenient to fly into Boston Logan International Airport. Boston Logan airport offers non-stop service from all major US cities. Logan airport is located 55 miles north of Providence, RI. Travel time to Providence is about an hour via highway.


Peter Pan Bus Lines provides bus service from Boston Logan Airport to Kennedy Plazza in downtown Providence. All host hotels are less than a 5 minute walk. The pick up location for arriving passengers is outside the baggage area at each terminal, directly outside the main doors. The cost of a one-way ticket from Logan Airport to Providence is $24.00 per person. Bus service runs from 8:00 am to 10:30 PM every day at intervals ranging from 1 to 2 hours. Click here to view the current bus schedule from Boston Logan Airport to Kennedy Plazza in Providence.


Train service is available to downtown Providence. Union Station is located adjacent to the State Capital building and a short 10 minute walk to the RI Convention Center and all of the 4 host hotels. Amtrak provides rail passenger service from major cities such as Boston, New York, New Haven, Philadelphia and other cities in the Northeast Corridor. High speed Acela rail service is available into Providence.

Commuter rail service to downtown Providence is provided by the MBTA Providence / Stoughton line. The MBTA provides train service from the north between Boston and Providence. In addition, train service is provided from the south from Wickford, RI and from the Providence Airport to downtown Providence. The roundtrip commuter rail ticket cost from Boston to Providence is $23 per person.


There are plenty of safe and secure parking facilities downtown. The RI Convention Center Garage has 2,400 parking spaces available. The rate for daytime parking is just $12 and overnight parking is only $20. Additional parking is also available at the Providence Place Mall Garage which has almost 4,000 available parking spaces. You can park in the mall garage for up to 5 hours for just $2. Players can use the covered sky-bridge to walk in comfort from the Mall to the Convention Center without going outside.

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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). Not a member? 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

Seminars and Meetings

Beyond the games at the NABCs, members can enjoy educational programs. Below is a listing of the seminars being offered in San Francisco. 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
Thursday, July 15 (1 to 5 pm)
Friday, July 16 (8 am to noon)
Saturday, July 17 (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
Saturday, July 17 (between 2 and 6 pm)
Sunday, July 18 (between 8 am and 2 pm)

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, July 17
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

Doubles in A Day

Learn two useful doubles that happen every time you play!


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

Fee: $20 online, $25 at the door
Date: Sunday, July 18
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, July 17
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 us 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, July 13 & 14
Time: 9 am to noon, both days

Questions? Contact us 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. New this NABC: Only those who Preregister for the reception will be eligible to win a door prize at the event.

Friday, July 16 – 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, July 18 – 10 am to noon

Teacher Breakfast

Join fellow teachers to network, see presentations from American Bridge Teachers’ Association Master Teachers of award-winning teaching materials, visit teaching websites and learn how the ACBL and the ACBL Educational Foundation can help you with your teaching needs. Sponsored by the ACBL Educational Foundation these teacher breakfast meetings will occur Monday of the Spring and Fall NABC. Each meeting will highlight different teaching materials and works in tandem with the ACBL Best Practices Teacher Workshop Program.

Fee: Free
Date: Monday, July 19, 9-11 am
Registration: Pre-register online and guarantee your seat.

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, July 18
Time: 8:30 to 10 am, followed by a free two-hour lesson

Registration and more information: visit www.betterbridgeteachers.com

Be a Caddy

For information on being a caddy, contact Alan Crank at acbl.caddies@gmail.com
Please note all NABC caddies must be at least 18 years old.

Tournament Committee

Position Name & Email
Tournament Co-Chairs Lois DeBlois
Joe Brouillard
District Director Bob Bertoni
Intermediate/Newcomer Sue Miguel
Partnership Sonya Smith
Paul Burnham
Volunteers Meg Gouise
Linda Ahrens
Youth Bridge Jim Rasmussen
Caddies David Rock
Debbie Ouelette
Scheduling Bob Bertoni
Registration / Prizes Brenda Montague
Neil Montague
Sponsorship Phyllis Chase
Megan Mehara
Registration Sally Kirtley
Helen Pawlowski
Restaurant Guide Paula Najarian
Publicity Mike Wavada
Finance Joe Brouillard
Comments / Contact Us: Linda Ahrens
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