Upcoming Convention: Chattanooga River City Regional Bridge Tournament

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
WHO:
Name of association or organization: Chattanooga Bridge Center
Name of convention: Chattanooga River City Regional Bridge Tournament
Location of event: Chattanooga Convention Center
Date(s) of convention: March 10-16, 2014
Estimated attendance: 1,000
Economic Impact: $1,008,000
Website: www.mabcbridge.org
Open to public.  Yes, Check website for details.
 
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF ORGANIZATION:
Duplicate bridge is played all over the world.
It is a challenging card game that can be enjoyed at all levels of competence. Players continue to be fascinated with the myriad of possible card combinations that have players matching wits with opponents at the same table, players at other tables within the same room and now in the age of computers, players are actually playing the very same hands against players all over the world.
 
Events are stratified to give every player an opportunity to play at his skill level. Well-known players in the bridge community will be speaking each evening to offer players tips for improving bidding skills, defensive strategies and declarer play. Players enjoy attending the various tournaments to test their skills and to see friends and opponents that they have vied with throughout the years. 
 
The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) requires that each tournament meets standards that ensure the tournament will be sanctioned throughout the world. There are over 167,000 members in ACBL which includes the United States, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda.
 
The Chattanooga Bridge Center is affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League. Contact information: 1103 Dayton Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37405; 423-267-4050. We offer bridge lessons throughout the year.
 
There are three sessions of bridge events each day, March 11–15, 9 am-Noon; 1-4 pm and 7-10 pm (entire convention ends Sunday, March 16). Specific game schedule is listed on the website. Vendors will have bridge books and other supplies available for purchase. Visitors are welcome.
 
RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITIES:
Many local restaurants are providing 10% off meals –bridge players need to show their convention card to receive discount. 
 
Participants will be able to enjoy meals at various local restaurants in between events.  Some players will only participate in one or two sessions a day and therefore, have additional time for meals, shopping and sight-seeing.

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