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


The DBAA sponsors this annual mentor program in all our area clubs.  It's arguably the most fun and successful programs that the DBAA provides.

Mentoring is defined as  One Life Master playing with one Non-Life Master. Typically, they might play once a week during the one-month program.  Existing partnerships are not in the spirit of the program and do not qualify.

Mentors are encouraged to provide an enjoyable playing experience, with learning tips, answering a few question, and reviewing a few hands immediately after the game.  Instruction during the game is discouraged.

Ask your club director if you have any questions about this program OR if you would like to be a mentor OR are willing to mentor.  Sign up now at your favorite club.  Mentors play FREE courtesy of the DBAA.

This year we are having a Friendship Championship Game at the end of the Mentor period.  It is conceived to be the culmination of the Mentor Program.  It will be held on Sunday, June 9 at ADBC, starting at 10am.  It will be two sessions, lunch included, for $25pp.  One LM plays with one NLM.  Our TD, Nancy Watkins, is directing  We've had this game for the past two years during the Memorial Day tournament; however, this year we are trying something new:  a stand-alone event.  It is still a DBAA /Unit 253 Championship, with the winners names engraved on our plaque.

Please make a reservation so we can estimate the provisions for lunch.  Email Arelene Conway, or text her at 770-365-9024 to reserve your spot.



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 Newsletter April 2019
  • Honorifics such as Goodwill nominees, Sportsperson of the Year, Hall of Fame
  • Unit Championship games for Pairs, Swiss, KO, & NLM



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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) flyer/schedule      

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

Oct 17-20 2019   Sectional    Doubletree Hotel  flyer/schedule

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 Super Sectional

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

Friday, May 24 - Following the final aftenoon session of the Memorial Day 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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