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Published March 7th 2014
Keep your phone hot; learn contract bridge, start a new life
The members of the Bayswater Bridge Club (Inc) invite you to try your hand at the world's most popular mind sport - Contract Bridge. If you have ever played Euchre, Five Hundred, Auction Bridge, Rubber Bridge, Jas, Pinochle or Whist and know about "Tricks" and "Trumps" you are almost there! If you don't you are in for an exciting ride.

Contract Bridge is a partnership game played, in the modern way, in a duplicate format where the boards are dealt only once and are played many times by many people around the room. So even if you have a poor hand there is still interest and skill because your score is compared to everyone else in the room who is sitting holding your cards. This gives a whole different perspective to the game and is one of the things about bridge that makes the game so fascinating.

Electronic Bridge Scorers move Contract Bridge into modern era
Electronic Bridge Scorers move Bridge into the modern era

Thinking of retiring? Resting an injury from golf or tennis? Recently moved and would like to meet new people? Recently bereaved or separated? Would like a brain challenge for brain health? Want a chance to stave off Alzheimer's? Have thought about it over the years and haven't quite got there yet? Think about coming along to a bridge club near you to learn this exciting game.

The Bayswater Club is a relatively new kid on the block opening up two years ago in the city of Bayswater. It is a very warm and welcoming club where the emphasis is on respect, friendship and fun. The club meets every Wednesday at the Bedford Bowling Club at 145 Grand Promenade in Bedford. It is a great venue for bridge as it is roomy and light with access to kitchen, a bar, and an undercover alfresco area for socialising before, during and after the game.

As well as the social aspect the club is affiliated with the Australian Bridge Federation and the Bridge Association of Western Australia and is registered to allocate Masterpoints and a ranking for players on the Masterpoint Table, starting off at Graduate Master, then Club Master, Local Master, State Master and going up the ladder to Gold Grand, Diamond and Emerald.

So if you get the "bridge bug" as many do, you may want to improve your skills and take lessons which are provided at the Bayswater Bridge Club by a friendly, qualified teacher who is also a Life Master at Bridge, or attend a course of lessons by expert bridge teachers at various times and venues around the metropolitan area and country areas.

Bayswater Bridge Club has a regular weekly session of bridge on Wednesdays from 12.30 to 4.00pm for those who already play some bridge. Cost, including refreshments, is $6.00 for members and $7.00 for visitors. Club membership is inexpensive and there are discounts for students and seniors.

If you would like to learn bridge you are very welcome to come along to the club on Wednesdays starting with a Beginner lesson at 10.00am followed by a supervised mentored game until noon where you can learn to play at your own pace in a nurturing atmosphere until you are ready to have a go at the afternoon session and enjoy the game independently. Cost for beginners is $6.00 for members and $7.00 for visitors. Again this includes refreshments.

You will find the Bayswater club members are a very outgoing, social group who love to celebrate birthdays by going out together to nearby restaurants after bridge, or going in a group to Bali, or renting a house for a weekend in Mandurah to play in a congress or walk along the beach. On the agenda now and again are day trips by train to Fremantle and Mandurah to try new dining experiences, and playing bridge in various fundraising ventures such as at the Mt Lawley and Mosman Park Golf Clubs or at the Sea Scouts in Pelican Point.

Members are looking forward to the Australian National Bridge Championships to be held in Perth around July next year. As well as playoffs for the top champions of Australia there is a game for all playing levels so that everyone can have a chance to be in it and experience the atmosphere. It comes around to Western Australia only once every eight years so now is the time to learn bridge to be able to go in the many restricted events and walk-in pairs next year.

The members of the Bayswater Bridge club are excited this week as they have just taken possession of new electronic equipment purchased through a grant from the LotteryWest. The equipment will launch the club into the modern era of bridge with an automatic dealing machine and easy-to-use colourful bidding boxes. For each table there is also an electronic scorer, called a "Bridge Mate"(tm), which make scoring accurate and instantaneous, projecting them onto the website as soon as the session is finished. No more waiting for a week to know the score. You find out before you leave bridge and can sit with your partners and friends to discuss the hands. Each hand is reproduced on a sheet called a Datum Sheet which shows what games could be made on best declarer play and best defence. Exciting stuff.

A social drink and nibbles are available after the game if you wish.
So grab a friend or two and go along to the Bayswater Bridge Club or even go alone as there is a Duty Partner so you will always get a game.

For those without transport there is a bus stop right at the door or a lift can be easily arranged from the Meltham train station. There is an entrance for the disabled. People who are hard of hearing are welcome as the bidding is "silent", using colourful and easy-to-use bidding boxes.

By learning bridge you will become one of over 6000 or so people who play bridge in Western Australia at 34 affiliated city and country clubs or at the10 or more social clubs who enjoy this great game.

Ring Sandy on 0448 005 967 for more information about Bayswater Bridge Club or for any of the affiliated clubs statewide. Leave a message or text. For general information on bridge in WA go to the" id="ccblink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">BAWA website or to the Australian Bridge Federation for information Australia-wide.

The President and members of Bayswater Bridge Club are looking forward to welcoming you at their club - it would be a great step towards a lifetime of challenging enjoyment.

Lesley Hardingham President of the Bayswater Bridge Club
Lesley Hardingham President of the Bayswater Bridge Club

Note that the Bedford Bowling Club, our bridge venue, is hosting the once in five year Championship for the Blind Bowlers of Australia Association and so the club will be not be available on the two Wednesdays April 30th and May 7th 2014.
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Why? Learn bridge in a happy, welcoming club
When: Beginners and Supervised 10.00am to 12 noon Wednesdays except 30th April and 7th May 2014
Phone: 0448 005 967
Where: Bayswater Tennis Club, Cnr Murray Street and Garrett Rd, Perth
Cost: For Beginner Bridge Lesson and Supervised Session plus refreshments $6.00 for members and $7.00 for visitors
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