Bridge! Part science, part math, part logic, part reason

  • Thursday, July 17, 2014

Eileen Keithly/South Strand News Members of the Pawleys Island Bridge Club settle in for a morning of bridge.

Logic, reasoning, quick thinking, patience, concentration and partnership skills are all part of becoming a member of the Pawleys Island Bridge Club.

“Don’t discuss your boards, and don’t turn on your bridge pads yet.”

That was the command from the man in charge, Norris Peterson, Pawleys Island Bridge Club Director. He was overseeing the Wed., July 9 gathering of the Pawleys Island Bridge Club inside the club quarters at the Litchfield Plaza.

It’s quite all right if you don’t understand the instructions Peterson gave the group. The Pawleys Island Bridge Club offers lessons to beginners as well as advancing players.

The instructors at the club have attended the American Contract Bridge League’s Teacher Accreditation Program, ensuring that the instruction students receive will be correct and up to date.

According to Peterson, the Pawleys Island Bridge Club is quite a worldly group. “We have more players in the winter than we do in the summer,” Peterson related. “We have players from all over the world – England, France, United Emirates, Saudi Arabia. You name it, we have them.”

Peterson estimated that there are 165,000 American Contract Bridge League members worldwide.

Peterson’s wife, Flo, said, “If you know the basics of bridge bidding and can play at a reasonable pace, you can play duplicate bridge.”

Duplicate bridge is the club’s specialty. Flo Peterson added that the club has games for less experienced players and beginners as well. She explained that the games normally run about three and one half hours, and local card fees are $7.

Scoring is completely electronic and results are posted on the web after each game.

There is definitely a club atmosphere at the games. Everyone seemed to know one another, conversations of family and work filled the room as the players were settling in for their game.

Before the games began Peterson made one last and very important announcement, “Please make sure you have turned in your order for lunch before we begin!”

The club is located in the interior of the Litchfield Plaza, at the intersection of Highway 17 and Litchfield Drive. Club games are scheduled for: 1:30 p.m. on Monday; 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday; 10 a.m. on Thursday; 10:15 a.m. on Friday; and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Sunday game is held weekly January through March. April through December the Sunday game is held monthly.

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