Click on the LINK for information regarding the ACBL Best Practices Teacher Workshop and Best Practices Teacher Certification in Atlanta in August 2019



The ACBL Hall of Fame Committee awarded Patty Tucker the prestigious Blackwood Award for 2019.  The Blackwood Award recognizes long and outstanding contributions to bridge outside of playing ability.

Patty is best known as one of the most prominent teachers in the bridge world and as the creator of Learn Bridge in a Day, which has introduced more than 5000 people to bridge in the past five years.  A Grand Life Master, Patty is a co-founder of Atlanta Junior Bridge, a coach for the Georgia Tech collegiate team and a past president for the American Bridge Teachers' Association  She originated the Youth NABC in 2008.

Patty won the North American Pairs in 2000.  She has previously been recognized as Honorary Member of the Year in 2016, and Goodwill Member of the Year in 2011. CONGRATULATIONS PATTY!!!!


The DBAA or Duplicate Bridge Association of Atlanta is the local name for Unit 253 of the ACBL.  Unit 253 is comprised of Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. The Association is granted some rights and responsibilities from the ACBL, but the primary focus is to promote bridge in the metropolitan Atlanta area.  In that roll, the DBAA organizes, promotes, develops, and manages many different bridge activities to benefit the area players and to encourage new players to join our ranks.

The organization is funded by tournament receipts and by a small percentage of our members’ dues.  We are always seeking volunteers to help us with this programming.  Please email:,  if you are willing to help. 

 This is a partial list of the DBAA’s programming:

  •  Welcome new members and celebrate new Life Masters and new Grand Life Masters.
  • Three Sectional tournaments and one NLM tournament each year
  • Change of Rank parties with free plays for honorees
  • Annual Mentor program
  • A website and online directory
  • A printed telephone directory
  • Wednesday night DBAA game w/ a learning lecture series
  • Grants to non-profit bridge activities
  • Attract new players with Learn Bridge In a Day® and Bridge for Social Players
  • An Email NewsletterJan 2019
  • Honorifics such as Goodwill nominees, Sportsperson of the Year, Hall of Fame
  • Unit Championship games for Pairs, Swiss, KO, & NLM





When playing at Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Club, you may have noticed the beautiful orchids.  They are brought in by Tom Drinkard, who maintains, feeds, and rehabilitates them just to bring a beautiful touch to our bridge experience.

Tom grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and attended Virginia Tech majoring in Computer Science.  His career was like a bridge sandwich; he was a Software Developer and Systems Analyst followed by an eight year stint as a Bridge Tournament Director based in the Southeast, and then he went back to the computing field from which he retired.  He met his wife, Laura, an accomplished bridge player at a tournament.

He lives with his three dogs. Sentry is a Black Lab and Stacy and Snickers are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

Tom became interested in bridge when a friend of his girlfriend's famiy got him involved with bridge during high school.  During college, he and his partner won a Regional Student tournament and won a trip to the Nationals in that event.  After college, he moved to Boston before settling in Atlanta in 1977.  Tom attained the rank of Life Master shortly after moving to Atlanta by earning a section award in the Reisinger Board-a-Match team game during the fall Nationals held in Atlanta.

Tom left the bridge world after he retired from tournament directing in 1991 returning over 25 years later.  Even when you lose to Tom, you are happy to have played with him as he is polite and helpful to all.  He likes bridge because of the social aspects and because it challenges his mind.  He is always lookig to improve his game and hopes to become a better partner.

The orchid hobby was one he got involved with through Laura, who was raised in Hawaii and had a natural affinity for tropical plants  Tom seems to be able to cure even the saddest looking orchid.

In addition to all of lthe above, Tom has been a philatelist, interested in US stamps since he was in high school  He still has his original collection and became involved again in the hobby about 10 years ago, but he still enjoys the game of bridge more.



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Oct 12-14, 2018 Sectional     RESULTS

Jan 17-20, 2019   Sectional    Doubletree Hotel (Chamblee-Dunwoody) RESULTS

May 24-27, 2019  Sectional    Atlanta Mariott  (Perimeter Center)         

Aug 27 - Sep 2, 2019 Regional  Crowne Plaza at Ravinia   flyer/schedule      

Oct 17-20 2019   Sectional    Doubletree Hotel 

Feb 13-16 2020   Sectional    Doubletree Hotel 

May 28-31 2020   Sectional    Doubletree Hotel 

Oct 15-18 2020   Sectional     Doubletree Hotel

2019 DBAA Board Meeting Dates

Your DBAA Board meetings for 2019 are listed below, and are open for members to attend:

Thursday, January 17 -Followig the final afternoon session of the Super Sectional

Annual Meeting, Saturday, January 20- Lunch Break at the Supersectional

Wednesday, March 20  - 4:30pm, Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Club

Thursday, May 23 - Following the final afternoon session of the Atl Memorial Super Sectional

Wednesday, August 7 -  4:30pm, Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Club

Thursday, October 17 - Following the final afternoon session of the Atlana Super Fall Sectional

Wednesday, December 4 - 4:30pm, Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Club



Click on the link ADDENDUM and open file for Additions and Corrections to the 2018 DBAA Print Directory


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