Bridge players to share their knowledge

Invercargill Bridge Club president Anne Somerville (left) with her playing partner Lorraine Oliver (right) and club member Robyn Reidie at the Foveaux Communications Invercargill Open Pairs tournament this month. Photo: Supplied

THE Invercargill Bridge Club is offering beginners’ lessons for anyone wanting to learn how to play the card game.

The lessons, which will start on Wednesday, April 11, are open for groups, pairs and individuals.

Club president Anne Somerville said bridge was a quite competitive game and good for the mind.

“Bridge is played with a partner against two people and there are systems players need to learn. The lessons will include how to count points, what the points mean and the language of bridge, which players need to know to be able to communicate with their partner while they play,” she said.

Club vice-president Judith Lawton, who has played bridge for 40 years, said the club had 204 members.

“We play everyday from Monday to Friday and then we have tournaments on weekends. Some of our members have been playing here for a long time and have made long-lasting friendships. It’s a great way to make friends,” she said.

“The best thing about the game are all the people you get to meet,” Somerville said.

The $50 fee for the bridge classes includes 12 weeks of lessons, ongoing tuition and club membership until the end of the year.

Beginners’ lessons, from Wednesday, April 11, 7pm, 50 Elles Rd (behind the ILT City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band rooms). For more information, contact Jill on 0211 84 175 or

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