The game of bridge continues to be one of the most popular games played in the country. The 4,500 players expected in the upcoming regional tournament in Gatlinburg are proof. If you want to learn or enhance your skills at bridge in the Lake Norman area, now there is a place for you.
The Lake Norman Bridge Center is a nonprofit organization with the objective to create, supervise and encourage bridge playing for adults, both seniors and young people.
Bridge is a card game that is played with a partner against another team of partners. It is strategic, challenging, fun and takes a lifetime to master.
There are plenty of benefits to playing bridge. It will never bore you and exercises both sides of the brain. Bridge is social, fun and is a bargain. All you need is a deck of cards and three other people.
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The Lake Norman Bridge Center has partnered with the Cornelius PARC Department and offers bridge lessons and games at the town hall in Cornelius. Approximately 190 people play each week.
E.B. Dyer, president of the center, and his wife, Sarah, helped to found the Lake Norman Bridge Center. The two have a lifelong passion for bridge that they want to share.
Both are certified bridge teachers and have plenty of experience. They have been on 42 cruises together where they teach bridge. One of the cruises was 124 days long and went to all seven continents. Doing what they love together and continuously enhancing their skills has been rewarding for the couple.
"Every card you play tells a story," said E.B. "Concentration and deductive reasoning is very important."
The game of bridge has sometimes been stereotyped as being a game just for seniors. Davidson College students placed fourth in the nation at a tournament last year. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet recently donated $1 million to schools across the nation in an effort to bring the game of bridge to students. It helps students with math skills, deductive reasoning, teamwork and it is fun.
The Lake Norman Bridge Center offers lessons for beginners and intermediates and weekly games. If players are a member of the American Contract Bridge League, the points they accumulate will be recorded by the organization. They accumulate points by playing at local games, regional and national tournaments and even playing online. You do not have to be a member of the ACBL to play at the bridge center. Everyone is welcome from beginner to advanced.