Bridge Players Flock To Tournament In Los Alamos

Bridge players filled the Betty Ehart Senior Center Saturday during the locally sponsored New Mexico Unit #381 Tournament. Courtesy photo


It’s been a full weekend for local duplicate bridge players.

The Northern New Mexico Unit #381 Tournament is currently underway at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The tournament began Friday and continues through today. The tournament is being sponsored by the Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club.

Duplicate bridge is a variation of contract bridge. It’s called duplicate because the same bridge hands are played at each table and scoring is based on relative performance. In this way, every hand, whether strong or weak, is played in competition with others playing the same cards, and the element of skill is emphasized while luck is deemphasized.

Tournament Bridge Director Gary Zeiger, standing, assists a table with a hand. Courtesy photo

The Los Alamos Duplicate Bridge Club welcomes players of all ages and abilities. It sponsors games every week at  two locations, duplicate and home style; Mondays at the White Rock Senior Center, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Los Alamos Senior Center. The fee is $3 per person, which covers snacks, supplies and facilities.

Recently, the club has been teaching bridge to students at local elementary schools, building strategy and math skills, as well as ensuring a new generation of bridge players.