Old Game Gets New Interest


By Jay Michaels

Ketchum, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The card game bridge is seeing a comeback in popularity these days. Aging baby boomers are helping fuel the upswing in the game's popularity.

Quite simply, the game is bridge. These older adults are members of the Sun Valley Bridge Club. Why are so many people are learning to play this tried and true card game?

Bridge teacher Chuck Abramo says, “It's a partnership game. You learn to communicate things with your partner. You're not allowed to talk with them verbally, but you communicate through the bidding sequence that you have. And that, I think, is appealing to people, too.”

Abramo says bridge is a very competitive game that keeps your mind active. He says an active mind translates to having an active body, as well.

Bridge players sit four to a table, with partners sitting directly across from each other.

Bridge club member Janet Mayfield says, “It's been great fun. I'm so glad I got introduced to it, and really glad I play it. Because it's something I know my husband and I can do for a long time to come, and we look forward to that.”

Mayfield says you can play a hand of bridge fairly easily, but there's a lot of strategy involved. She says like any other game, it takes a while to get the basics under your belt. Mayfield says there's plenty of social interaction while you're learning the game.

Abramo says famous people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Omar Sharif are high profile bridge players, so that may add to the game's prestige.

Abramo says, “Baby Boomers are getting ready to retire, maybe already have retired, and they're looking for something to occupy their time, and have fun. Bridge can be a lot of fun.”

If you'd like to learn to play with this bridge club, you can visit sunvalleybridge.com or call 721-1501.

Sept. 26, 2012.

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