Northern Virginia Bridge Association

American Contract Bridge League Unit 218

Intermediate/Newcomer page

This section contains items of interest for newcomers, intermediates and non-Life Masters.

NVBA 199er game

Every Thursday evening, our Unit Game features a special, separate section for players who have under 200 masterpoints. This game has it's own director and it's own guaranteed partner. It's specially designed to provide a comfortable environment for newer players. Of course, anyone of any skill level is welcome to "play up" in the Open (A/X) game or in the 0-2000 (B/C) game if they so choose.

The 199er game is preceded by a bridge lecture at 6:30 PM featuring a local expert. Admission is free for anyone who wishes to attend. Here's an index to the Thursday night lecture notes.

The NVBA is dedicated to serving players of all skill levels and to improve the attendance at our bridge games. To encourage new players, the NVBA has a standing policy that any ACBL member with fewer than 5 ACBL masterpoints PLAYS FREE in ANY NVBA event (unit games and sectional tournaments). In addition, the first time you play at our unit game, you get a freeplay regardless of your masterpoint total.

Click here for the NVBA unit game 199er game schedule.

Bridge Teachers in the area

Click here for information on DC metro area bridge teachers.


Newer players often make unwitting mistakes that seasoned players believe to be ethical lapses. In order to educate the I/N community, we've put together a web page with articles that describe good and bad ethical behavior at the table. If you're reading this, you can probably benefit from this knowledge. Click here to learn about this important topic.

NVBA - Northern Virginia Bridge Association ACBL Unit 218