Card Kismet

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Card Kismet

Many moons ago, mononu­cle­o­sis struck my sopho­more year in col­lege. Con­fined to my apart­ment in the dead of a Wis­con­sin win­ter, the math pro­fes­sor I was dat­ing had a sug­ges­tion. He would teach me how to play bridge.

We dealt dozens of “hon­ey­moon bridge” hands (bridge nor­mally requires 4 par­tic­i­pants, but this vari­ant can be done with only two). I learned very lim­ited basics. Later in the year when I returned to full health, I’d play a bit of “real bridge” in the com­mon room of the math depart­ment and in our stu­dent union.

I found this amaz­ing game fas­ci­nat­ing. Yet, it wasn’t until some years later when I had moved to Min­nesota and had mar­ried that the bridge bug really bit. An in law con­vinced me to try “dupli­cate bridge” – a form of the game where every hand you play is also played by other com­peti­tors in the field, remov­ing a great deal of the luck fac­tor. I’d play every few weeks, learn­ing and enjoy­ing more.

Then, des­tiny struck. My aunt in Tulsa was a fine player. They were hav­ing a tour­na­ment in her city, and she invited me to attend. I did, and as the say­ing goes, “the rest is history.”

I played for 3 days in 4 events. I placed in each – and then won the team game on Sun­day! We had to beat fine teams to accom­plish this; I was thrilled!

More than 35 years later, I now have 4 national cham­pi­onships to my name, bridge friends from lit­er­ally every con­ti­nent – and have played with some peo­ple you might know. (More on that later).

Stay tuned to learn why a card game can attract great minds from around the world – and intrigue us through­out our lives!

Update DTG: I’d like to wel­come Peg as part of the crew writ­ing here. Her pri­mary topic will be the card game bridge which we both enjoy.

Why a bridge col­umn at DaT­e­chGuy Blog? Because there is more to life than pol­i­tics (plus Doc­tor Who doesn’t return till the fall)

Many moons ago, mononucleosis struck my sophomore year in college. Confined to my apartment in the dead of a Wisconsin winter, the math professor I was dating had a suggestion. He would teach me how to play bridge.

 

We dealt dozens of “honeymoon bridge” hands (bridge normally requires 4 participants, but this variant can be done with only two). I learned very limited basics. Later in the year when I returned to full health, I’d play a bit of “real bridge” in the common room of the math department and in our student union.

 

I found this amazing game fascinating. Yet, it wasn’t until some years later when I had moved to Minnesota and had married that the bridge bug really bit. An in law convinced me to try “duplicate bridge” – a form of the game where every hand you play is also played by other competitors in the field, removing a great deal of the luck factor.  I’d play every few weeks, learning and enjoying more.

 

Then, destiny struck. My aunt in Tulsa was a fine player. They were having a tournament in her city, and she invited me to attend. I did, and as the saying goes, “the rest is history.”

I played for 3 days in 4 events. I placed in each – and then won the team game on Sunday! We had to beat fine teams to accomplish this; I was thrilled!

 

More than 35 years later, I now have 4 national championships to my name, bridge friends from literally every continent – and have played with some people you might know. (More on that later).

 

Stay tuned to learn why a card game can attract great minds from around the world – and intrigue us throughout our lives!

 

Update DTG:  I’d like to welcome Peg as part of the crew writing here.  Her primary topic will be the card game bridge which we both enjoy.

Why a bridge column at DaTechGuy Blog?  Because there is more to life than politics (plus Doctor Who doesn’t return till the fall)