Toronto Hosts 4th Annual Youth North American Bridge Championships

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Youth bridge players from North America and around the world will gather at the American Contract Bridge League sponsored event.

With some players traveling from as far away as Hong Kong, it's sure to be a fun event for all the youth bridge players.

This summer hundreds of youth bridge players from the United States, Canada and across the globe will flock to Toronto when the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) holds the 4th Annual Youth North American Bridge Championships (YNABC) July 28-30. Held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, events are open to any player 19 years of age or younger with fewer than 5,000 masterpoints.

There are two sessions daily at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and the sessions are open to youth players of all skill levels. Each session cost only $10 and provides the player with access to the Youth Lounge, opportunities to compete for prizes and admission to the Winner’s Reception on Saturday, July 30.

"We're excited to be in Toronto for the 4th Annual Youth North American Bridge Championships," said ACBL CEO, Jay Baum. "With some players traveling from as far away as Hong Kong, it's sure to be a fun event for all the youth bridge players."

The two premier events at the YNABC hold scholarships awarded to the winners. The Baron Barclay National Youth Open Pairs awards $1000 to each member of the winning pair, and the Aileen Osofsky National Youth Swiss Teams awards $4,000 to the winning team, which consists of either four or six members.

Additionally, NASA astronaut and LifeMaster bridge player, Greg H. Johnson, will speak to attendees at 5:30 in the evening on July 28 about his recent STS-134 mission aboard the space shuttle Endeavor and his life long bridge career. Johnson will be available for a question and answer session July 29 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and he will also assist in the awards presentation on July 30 at approximately 6:00 p.m.

For more information or to register for the YNABC, please visit http://www.youth4bridge.org.

About the ACBL
Indisputably the most challenging card game ever invented, bridge attracts players of all ages and walks of life - from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to tennis star Martina Navratilova. Founded in 1937, the ACBL is the largest bridge organization in the world, serving 165,000 members, 3,200 bridge clubs and 1,100 sectional and regional tournaments. The ACBL's three North American Championships attract up to 5,000 players representing every state in America, Canada and about 20 foreign countries. For more information about the ACBL, visit http://www.acbl.org.

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