Bridge player shares her views on the game

Selcourt Enclosure resident Ethnee Jackson is passionate about the card game 'bridge'.

Selcourt Enclosure resident Ethnee Jackson who loves playing bridge, shares her passion for the card game.

“I was once asked if bridge was a sport.

“I have always viewed it as such as there is a certain amount of skill required and strict rules are followed,” she says.

She believes as is the case in all sport, there is an element of luck involved too.

Jackson was introduced to bridge by her late husband, John Jackson, when she was about 30 years old.

When he asked if she could play she said yes, but it turned out to be more difficult than what she thought at first.

“He suggested I attend bridge classes to learn how to play the game, which I did and the rest is history,” she says.

She has been playing bridge for over 50 years now and she still enjoys every moment.

Jackson, who is in her 80s, still plays international bridge on the internet on a daily basis.

Bridge is a card game comprising two pairs of players who try and predict how many cards they will win and score points if they succeed.

In bridge one must plan, bid and lure the opposition.

“It is not unlike negotiating life – foolish errors leave one feeling deflated,” she says.

Fortunately, disappointment can be quelled as there will be many more opportunities to improve one’s game.

No physical training is required because it is a sport of the mind.

Jackson belongs to the Dunnottar Bridge Club where she plays once a week.

She says one day bridge may even be considered an Olympic sport.

“In the final analysis, the two of clubs and the ace of spades go into the same pack,” says Jackson.

Springs residents can inquire about the game by contacting Neville Gallichan on 082 756 3223.

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