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Montrose Bridge Club

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Montrose Bridge Club is offering free tuition, starting March 5th 2018, to people of all ages who are interested in learning to play, or learn to play better, what is universally regarded as the world’s best card game.

If you're wondering if bridge is for you, or if you've always wanted to learn but have been afraid it's too difficult, here are some of the reasons why millions of people around the world are hooked on this fascinating game.

Bridge can be a lifelong pursuit. It takes only rudimentary knowledge to begin playing and enjoying bridge but, as any player will tell you, this is not a game for those who demand instant gratification. Learning to play well takes time and effort and the game is impossible to master. But that's precisely why bridge is so popular and why it's called "the game for a lifetime". No matter how many years you play, you'll always find new challenges and the learning process will never end. Bridge also caters to all physical conditions and disabilities so players can actively pursue their pastime throughout their entire lives.

Bridge will never bore you.  The game can be exciting, challenging, frustrating and humbling but it will never be boring. There are more than 750 trillion possible hands, so you'll see something new every time you play. It's actually a fast-paced game, too. Each hand takes just five to seven minutes to play before you move on to the next deal and a new challenge.

Bridge stimulates the brain. It is one of the best ways to maintain mental sharpness in older age. Research has shown that regular bridge playing improves reasoning skills and long-and short-term memory and bridge players are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s in old age.  It is a unique type of mental workout that is both relaxing and invigorating, and that can't be duplicated by other leisure or work-related activities.

Bridge is social. A game of bridge involves communication and cooperation with your partner and interaction with your opponents. There's a special camaraderie among bridge players that develops from the social setting and the game's emphasis on teamwork, ethics and good manners. And if you play bridge and move home or go on holiday, you will find new friends and partners as virtually every community world-wide has a local bridge club.

Bridge is a bargain.  All you need for a bridge game is a deck of cards and three other people. When you play at your local bridge club, you'll enjoy a three-hour session of bridge for two or three pounds with refreshments included.

Bridge is fun.  Of all the reasons to learn the game, the most important is that it's just fun to play. Every session allows you to test yourself and experience the feeling of accomplishment when you find a successful bid or play.

Montrose Bridge Club invites anyone interested in finding out more - be they at school, working or retired - to contact Sarah Williams on 01674 676308,or  e mail

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