NABC Practice this weekend: June 27 – 28!

The NABC Robot Individual is coming! Registration opens June 26 (Friday) and if you register between June 26 and July 6 you receive a $10 discount. Read the NABC info page for details.

What’s the NABC Robot Individual like? You don’t need to guess. Try the free NABC Practice Tournament this weekend (June 27 – 28) to see for yourself. You’ll find the NABC Practice Tournament in the ACBL WORLD section of BBO this weekend.

Tournament Conditions of Play:

  • This practice tournament is free and uses advanced robots. Click here for the robot system notes.
  • ACBL membership is required. Click here to check if BBO has your ACBL number on file.
  • Each session is 12 boards, Matchpoints scoring.
  • Each daily session lasts 24 hours. You must complete your daily boards before midnight US Eastern Time.
  • Unplayed boards are scored as 0 (zero).
  • You need to play at least 1 board each day to advance to the next day.
  • Not everyone will be dealt the same boards.
  • You need to play each day to progress to the next day. To spell it out – You can’t play on Sunday without playing on Saturday.


We’ll give out Free Entries to the actual NABC Robot Individual (July 11-13), as follows:

  • Free entry to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in NABC Practice tournament – Day 1
  • Free entry to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in NABC Practice tournament – Day 2
  • Free entries to 1st to 5th place overall
  • If a free entry winner already has registered to the NABC Robot Individual, their entry fee will be refunded
  • If the overall winners have already won free entry in one of the previous sessions, the prize goes to next place (6th, 7th, etc.)

How to join the practice tourney?
Click ACBL WORLD and look for the ACBL NABC Practice Tournament.


  1. Hi I just renewed my ACBL membership
    Can you check whether I am eligible?

    Your ACBL member number is: 7828861

  2. ACBL membership should not be required for the practice tournament. Let us try the practice event for free to see if we want to play in the “real thing”.

  3. Under “Prizes,” you have, “We’ll give out Free Entries to the actual NABC Robot Individual (March 14-16), as follows:” Those dates should be July 11-13.

  4. I’ve looked in ACBL world for NABC practice tournaments but I don’t see them listed. Might they be under a different name?

  5. I just tried using the Mail compose function to send a note to but the Address box cuts me off after I type “support”
    So now I’m trying here.

    During my session of the Practice Tournament this afternoon (in U.S.) I kept getting a message that it appeared I wasn’t there and directing me to click on a box to indicate I was there or it would log me off. I’ve played in several of these and have never gotten that message before; I wasn’t doing anything different than what I normally do, so I’m wondering if this might have been due to the system being overwhelmed, or …. I’m using Firefox, which I’ve always used here, but perhaps you’ve made changes that make Firefox problematic.

    Anyway, I hope you’ll get back to me on both of these issues (message sending and “alleging” I was a ghost :))


  6. Ha. Day 1 showed up for me on Friday 6/26 at 9:42 PDT SO I thought i missed it. Therefore I decided to play so as to be in for a Day 2 try.
    And I played all 12 in 15 minutes. Given my usual luck in this event I probably scored about the same as if I had played much longer!

    Perhaps someday there will be a teams format instead or in addition.

  7. How do I register early? I don’t see any links to register for the actual tournament in July. I want to save the $10!!

  8. I just playing both days of the NABC Practice Tournament (doing OK, around 55%), but I decided I am not going to waste my time (3 days) and money ($40-$50), because the Robots are not “dependable”. There were 2 hands where my Robot partner made outrageous bids.

    One hand, the robot Doubled after Hearts were bid and supported. I don’t remember all the other bids (including mine, if any), but when I clicked on Robot’s bid, the explanation was “Responsive Double”, so I bid a 4-card Diamond suit, and became Declarer. My Robot Dummy came down with 6 Spades to the QJ109 !!! His obvious bid was Spades, not Dbl.

    Today, we were in a competitive auction, where Robot partner had passed at least once or twice (maybe supporting Hearts at 2H?) and I appeared to have become Declarer at 4H (I had not showed “great strength”), except the Robot then raised me to 5H , with only 5 points, including 3 Hearts. I went down 1.

    1. Sorry, I left out a few words in my 1st sentence above ……. “I just FINISHED playing ……” and “I am not going to …… PLAY in the NABC INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT …….”.

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