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ABA 2019 Summer National in Atlanta this August

When? Thursday, August 8, 2019 through Saturday, August 17, 2019

Where? Sheraton Atlanta, 165 Courtland Street, N.E. Bridge rate is $109/night

Cutoff is Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The playing schedule includes national championship events and side games and there are tours of different places in Atlanta for people to enjoy. Our entry fees are $12.00 for every session except for the F Alberta Peterson scholarship game which is just $18.00 (8:00 PM Thursday, August 8).

Of note each day has a different major event. We have for your perusal a Speedball Swiss at 9:00 on Friday, August 9. The major 2-session event is the Belsaw Open Pairs on Friday, August 9  (1:30 and 7:30). Saturday, August 10 we have the Rex Watkins Men's Pairs and the Christine P Jones Women's Pairs(both 1:30 and 7:30). Sunday, August 11 at 10:00 we always have our memorial service. Sunday's event is the Pauline Taylor Mixed Pairs at 1:30 and 7:30 as well as a 2-session open pairs and side games. 

Did I mention knockouts? We have 3 different knockout team games. One starts Saturday, August 10 at 9:00 AM and is called the Morning Knockout. This one is single elimination (same as North American Bridge Championships). There is another one that starts Monday, August 10 at  9:00 AM and is called the AM Knockout II. However, Monday's big kahuna is the Victor Daly Knockout at 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM. This one is double elimination the first day. There is a Second Chance Knockout with this event. The semifinals and finals are Tuesday, August 13 at 1:30 and 7:30 respectively.  The Morning and A.M. Knockouts have semifinals that day at 9:00.  There's also a 2-session open pairs Tuesday at 1:30 and 7:30.

Part of every ABA Summer (and Spring) National is the General Membership Meeting. This activity is Wednesday morning, August 14 at 9:00 AM. The major event is the National Non-Mixed pairs at 11:00 AM and 3:30 PM. We also have the Awards Banquet that evening at 8:00 PM. Sometimes the award ceremony is lunch or brunch but this year it's a dinner. This year's theme is Back in the Day. I'm sure there will also be T-shirt Day and Greek Day (please wear your fraternity and sorority attire). 

Regarding Thursday, August 15, we have the finals of the Morning and A.M. knockouts at 9:00. We also have the P.W. Goode National Open Pairs at 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Friday's major events are the Pro-Am at 9:00 AM and the Will E Richardson National Swiss teams at 1:30 PM and 7:30 Pm.  Finally, Saturday, August 16 has the single-session Board-A-Match at 9:00 and also the President's Pairs the same time.

If you can only play one session, there are side games available. There is a complete schedule for new players (same as at NABCs). This Summer National is after Las Vegas and well before San Francisco this year. More specific information is on our website. Also, many of our members are in both bridge organizations (ABA and ACBL) and there's an application. National dues are just $50.00 per year and our membership year is the calendar year. Sectional dues depend on one's residency and local dues are dependent on that also.

We would love people to come if it fits in with your schedules. Thank you.

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