Just found a wonderful bridge blog and ezine from Maggy Simony, a 91-year-old who is interested in bridge history and how to keep people playing our wonderful game. She has some very good ideas. Check it out http://bridgetable.net/e-zine/
Here is an excerpt from an email Maggy sent me which explains some of her thoughts on the subject, “History tells us that the WAY to make serious bridge the fad it once was until the 70s is to do what Ely Culbertson did back in the 20s and 30s.
Promote bridge as a social skill, and you change the culture and that led (will lead) to growth of serious bridge. That’s what happened back then.
I have blogged about Mini Bridge–I think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. Even I, took on introducing a foursome to bridge this summer using a little folder from English web site that gave all rules, and notes on basic play. So LOGICAL to skip bidding until later!!
In this country, however, seems as if Mini Bridge approach is confined to kids in school. I don’t think anybody is ever any smarter (in basic iq) than they were in the 5th grade–may have more education later, but no smarter. So why NOT make this way of teaching open to just plain adults? People who don’t seek to play competitive bridge — just want to play for fun.”
Thanks Maggy, you have a very good point!