About Unit 218 - NVBA
Northern Virginia Bridge Association
The Northern Virginia Bridge Association (NVBA) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1961, whose goal is to promote bridge and support local bridge clubs. The NVBA, has about 1500 members and is Unit 218 of the American Contract Bridge League's District 6. The geographical area is roughly Fairfax county out to Manassas and Leesburg to the south, and north to the Potomac river including Arlington and Alexandria. Our sister Unit is #147, the Washington Bridge League (WBL), which is comprised of Washington DC and southern Maryland. We are also part of the Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference (MABC) which is comprised of District 6 and District 7.
Among other activities, the NVBA conducts a weekly Unit Game, holds four Sectional tournaments each year, sponsors bridge‑in‑schools for kids in Fairfax County, hosts the annual July 4th Regional tournament every other year, and co-hosts a North American Bridge Championship (NABC) about once a decade. Annual NVBA events include the District 6 finals of the flighted Grand National Teams (GNT), the North American Open Pairs (NAP), a Lifemaster/Non-Lifemaster game in June, our annual meeting in May, and a holiday party in December.
New officers are elected at the annual meeting in May.
During the meeting, trophies are awarded to top masterpoint winners in Open, non-Life Master and Rookie categories. Also honored are the top NVBA members in each category of the ACBL's Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs competitions.
The Dave Murray Award is given every year at the Unit Annual Holiday Party in December. The Sara Goodwin trophy is awarded for the best attendance at NVBA events. The Ron and Mary Ann Kral 199er award for up and coming new players is also awarded.