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Learn to play bridge

Sky-Hi Daily News Staff Report
Grand County, CO Colorado

Have you ever tried this popular game? Here in Grand County there is always a bridge game somewhere. It may be at your neighbor’s house. There are also public groups that meet weekly in both Fraser and Grand Lake.

People often ask how to find bridge players. Call Connie Armitage Robertson. It all began in college… With a few minutes extra, someone always wanted to play. Then on to life and Duplicate Bridge became a passion. Wherever life sent her, bridge was the way to meet people and meet a challenge. It has been called an elegant game, part math and very human. It is a partnership game. When people say they want to win and be first, they must remember that the highest they can ever be is half. Thank that partner first.

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates agree. They are also so dedicated to this game that they sponsor teaching bridge in the school systems. No calculators allowed. And you cooperate with those other people. Oh, you can play on-line. It is still a partnership game.

In the past few years, Connie reached a point where just playing the game was not enough. She wanted to bring bridge to Grand County, to all those who want to be involved in this challenging and fun indoor sport. That required some work and some additional knowledge. It meant trips to major tournaments not to play, but to study for and obtain certifications. The first was TAP, Teacher Accreditation Program, in Gatlinburg, which lead to her teaching privately in Granby and at the Senior luncheons in Grand Lake.

The second was in Memphis, for Director Certification. As a director, she can now hold American Contract Bridge League games that are open to the public. So let the games begin.

The first game will be Thursday, Aug. 2. Bring your partner. The games will continue every Thursday thereafter at 6:30 p.m. The Fraser Library has generously offered their community room. If directions are needed, follow the library signs from Eisenhower Boulevard. Reservations are not required, but they are requested. Please call Connie Armitage Robertson at 970-655-7662.

This is duplicate bridge. Duplicate simply means that you will play the same hands that everyone else plays and your score will be compared to the other scores. Those boring defensive hands come alive when you have a chance to win by losing. You do not have to be members of ACBL, but masterpoints will be awarded to those who are. If you do not have a partner, call Connie. Meet new people.

Connie looks forward to meeting you at the Fraser Library 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 2.

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