July 20-22, 2023

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Hundreds of students will gather this summer in Chicago Illinois, July 20-22, 2023, to compete in the annual Youth North American Bridge Championships. From pair events to team events, players aged 20 and younger will play for fun, trophies and scholarships.

Players of all skill levels are welcome, with special events for those new or just learning the game, and scholarship opportunities for more serious players. Complete schedule coming soon!


Entry Fees

Entry to the 2023 Youth NABC is free to ACBL members, and membership is only $5, click here.


Events are open only to ACBL members 20 years of age and younger with fewer than 5000 ACBL masterpoints (or equivalent) as of June 15, 2023.


Thursday, July 20
Youth Pairs single session 10 a.m.
Youth Teams single session 2 p.m.
Cardrook Pairs single sessions 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Cardrook Pairs are games designed for newer players
Friday, July 21
Youth Pairs single session 2 p.m.
Cardrook Pairs single sessions 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 22
Youth Teams single session 2 p.m.
Cardrook Pairs single sessions 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Youth Award Ceremony 5:30 pm – Including Master Point Press Sportsmanship Award, Baron Barclay Youth Pairs Scholarship and National Swiss Teams Scholarship


Please pre-register by June 15, 2023. Pre-registration is not required but must be completed to guarantee a welcome bag and T-shirt in their size. After June 15, participants may still register and play on site in Chicago.

A Liability Waiver and Minor Consent/Publicity Release form must be completed, signed and submitted for each minor attending the Youth NABC. Completed and signed forms can be scanned and sent to education@acbl.org or faxed to 662-253-3187.


All events will be played at the
Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street
Chicago IL 60657

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Youth NABC FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can I watch my child play during the tourney?
Because it can be so distracting to the participants, parents and siblings should refrain from being in the playing room. There is an area outside the playing room where you can wait comfortably. If you play yourself, you might watch any of the national experts who will be playing. Ask and we’ll point them out for you.
Can I leave the hotel while my child is playing?
Yes, during the play; IF you leave a contact telephone number with the officials.
If I don’t pre-register, can I still come to play?

Yes, but we must have a completed and signed Parental Consent Form and Liability Waiver. These forms are obtainable from the website on the Youth NABC page.

What do I win?

Masterpoints, trophies and fame! There will be trophies for the winners of every session, warm-up games and side games and of course, the national events and Sportsmanship Award.

What about the Scholarships?
A $1000 college scholarship will be awarded to the winner of the Master Point Press Sportsmanship Trophy and to each winner of the Baron Barclay Youth National Pair Event. In addition, we have a $4,000 scholarship for the winners of the Educational Foundation/BridgeWhiz Swiss Teams event. Visit our Scholarship Opportunities page for more information.
Am I eligible for the Sportsmanship Award?
Anyone playing in the tournament is eligible. The Sportsmanship award is determined by tournament director and peer nominations based on fairness, self control, respect and courtesy. The winner of the Sportsmanship Award will be a person who plays to ensure that everyone enjoys the game and the experience of playing and meeting other students who share a passion for bridge. (Eligible through age 20). The winner will be announced at the Winners’ Reception Saturday evening.
How many participants are expected?

We are expecting approximately 200 players. Please pre-register so we can be prepared.

What transportation options are available for the Youth NABC?
See transportation for details.