Play Bridge! - theHumm September 2019
Play Bridge! - theHumm September 2019
By — Kim Curran
Jeopardy Champion James Holzhauer started playing bridge as a teenager. Now he wants to be a world-class bridge player. “What?,” you say, “I thought bridge was an old folk’s game!”
The game of bridge is mysterious to many. Some folks state that it is too complicated to learn. Yet every day there are thousands playing the game — either at home, online or at a bridge club. For those players, the game is a challenge that varies every time the cards are picked up. The basic principles of the game are well defined and rely on the premise that the high card wins. Yes, there is a strategy… well to be fair, there are strategies. These are ever-evolving, and in fact there are radical differences between the strategies used in the 1940s, in the 1960s, and today. This means that as a player you are always learning, improving and honing your skills.
The actor Omar Sharif once said: “Many games provide fun, but bridge grips you. It exercises your mind. Your mind can rust, you know, but bridge prevents the rust from forming.” For many players, the game is a passion. Each hand is a different challenge that requires the correct technique to achieve a winning result. Concentration becomes a key element. Thinking about what is for supper while playing a hand is not recommended.
As stated earlier, the game has changed over the years, so as a player you must learn and adapt to the new strategies. Have you ever played a hand and at the end thought that you should have done better but don’t know how? Do you think you have good “card sense” but other players are doing better than you? If this is the case, then it is time to improve your technique in playing the hand.
A one-day seminar is being offered on the subject entitled “Play of the Bridge Hand”. The objective of the seminar is to highlight various strategies and methods to achieve the most tricks in a hand. The seminar is for all bridge players, regardless of skill level. The day’s schedule will include lessons, practice rounds, lunch and an afternoon of bridge. By the end of the day you will have learned new techniques for playing, met new friends and enjoyed a day of bridge.
The seminar will take place on Wednesday, September 18 at the Almonte United Church (106 Elgin Street in Almonte). It starts at 9:15am and will end at approximately 3pm. The cost is $15 and includes lunch. To register for this seminar, please contact Suzanne Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256–2131.
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