Ketchum resident in top 2% of bridge players in the U.S.

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A Ketchum resident is now holding the cards as being in the top 2% t of bridge players in the United States.

Marilyn Nesbit has earned the rank of Diamond Life Master.

This puts her in the top 2% of the 160,000 members of the American Contract Bridge League.

Nesbit is certified as a bridge teacher and club game director, and is a director of the local unit, which covers Southern Idaho.

There are four duplicate bridge games a week in Ketchum and Sun Valley.

The games are gaining in popularity.

Over 60 people attended a recent game at the Wood River YMCA.

"I took this up 20 years ago and I've just been working towards this. I don't think I'll get to the next level, but one never knows," said Nesbit.

Bridge isn't just a popular social activity, it also has supposed health benefits.

Back in 2000, a UC Berkeley study revealed strong evidence that an area in brain involved in bridge stimulates the immune system.