Could you smoothly and succinctly to this question on demand? – “So what is bridge?”
Recently I was as a passenger in a car, journeying through the countryside in Puglia, Italy. My traveling companion asked me to tell him what bridge was all about. Squashed together in the close confines of a tiny hire car piled with bags and bodies, I suddenly felt under pressure. How to confine into the proverbial nutshell, the game I have known daily with a passion for more than thirty years.
We had no cards to get playing. And I was confident the guy was only making conversation, rather than about to join a bridge club as soon as he returned to the UK, I was suddenly tongue-tied.
But I was super eager to share the joy. So in keeping with the momentum of the two days we had spent together already, I paused to think how to express all that is bridge.
Eventually I blundered and blustered out sentences. I hoped my animated smile and Italian style (when in Rome) arm waving would see me through.
This week’s tip is: Create your own elevator speech. And you’ll be ready when asked what the bridge fuss is all about!
Moving on to the joy of bridge. And the objectives.
Being ultra modern I asked Chat GPT to fill in my gaps. After it had waxed lyrical about the esthetics, historical symbolism and connecting of disparate objects for a time, it realised I mean the card game, not the physical things that cross roads, water and deserts.
And it told me this.
We bridge players know that this is a hobby that thrills, enthrals and engages individuals young and old, wherever and whenever we get to play.
So how would you start to explain what bridge is to another?
This pdf which get the bidding and objectives off our chests.
People love playing bridge for a variety of reasons, and it has remained a popular card game for many years. Here are some of the reasons why people enjoy playing bridge:
Mental Stimulation: Bridge is a highly strategic and complex card game that requires critical thinking, memory, concentration, and problem-solving skills. People enjoy the mental challenge it offers, as it keeps their minds sharp and engaged.
Social Interaction: Bridge is often played in a social setting, either with friends or at bridge clubs. It provides an opportunity for people to socialize, bond, and connect with others who share their interest in the game.
Competition: Many people are naturally competitive and enjoy the thrill of competing against others. Bridge allows for competitive play at various levels, from casual games to serious tournaments.
Teamwork: Bridge is typically played by two partnerships, which require cooperation and communication between players. This teamwork aspect can be rewarding and fosters a sense of camaraderie.
Continuous Learning: Bridge is a game of infinite depth, and there is always more to learn. Players can study various bidding systems, conventions, and strategies to improve their skills, making it a lifelong learning experience.
Tradition and History: Bridge has a rich history and is deeply ingrained in many cultures. People appreciate the tradition and heritage associated with the game.
Variability: The game of bridge is highly variable, as each hand is unique. This variability keeps the game fresh and exciting, and players must adapt their strategies to the specific cards they are dealt.
Intellectual Challenge: Bridge is often referred to as “the king of card games” due to its complexity. People who enjoy intellectual challenges find bridge to be a rewarding pursuit.
Sense of Accomplishment: Winning a well-played hand or achieving a high-level contract in bridge can be immensely satisfying and provide a sense of accomplishment.
Relaxation: While bridge can be mentally demanding, it can also be a relaxing and enjoyable pastime. Many people find playing bridge to be a way to unwind and have fun.
Community and Friendship: Bridge clubs and communities often form close-knit groups where friendships are forged. These social connections can be a significant part of the appeal for players.
Cross-Generational Appeal: Bridge is a game that spans generations, and people of all ages can enjoy playing it. It can be a way for different age groups to come together and share an activity.
In summary, people love playing bridge for its mental challenges, social aspects, competitive nature, and the sense of accomplishment it provides. It’s a game that appeals to a wide range of individuals, offering both intellectual stimulation and opportunities for social interaction.
I have to say, I was impressed. Perhaps we bridge players are so busy playing, we don’t think to the reasons we do what we love.
I hope technology gives you some inspiration for your elevator speech to answer the question WHY BRIDGE?
And inspires you in fresh ways to enjoy this amazing game.