Why playing Bridge is good for you

Bridge is one of the most popular card games in the world with around 200 million people playing on a regular basis. Not surprisingly, its popularity rose during the pandemic as families played together and on-line sessions proved a huge draw.

Under normal circumstances, bridge is a great way to meet people and build friendships, as regular players will testify. It is good for our mental and physical wellbeing. Social interaction is so important for our mental health and, in addition, you will be giving your brain and memory a regular workout as you navigate the rules, strategies and bidding structures. Even ‘virtual’ sessions can bring all of these benefits.

A couple of The Vale residents are bridge players and we hope to get a regular ‘play date’ soon.

Many bridge clubs are not yet open again for face-to-face sessions, although some are starting to return. Meanwhile, if you are new to bridge, or just keen to play, there are lots of online classes, regular clubs or casual play sessions. 

You can always check to see when local clubs are re-opening. Clubs in South West London include Putney Bridge, Dulwich and Sydenham Golf Club, Andrew Robson Bridge Club, Fulham and Wimbledon Bridge Club. Bridgewebs (www.bridgewebs.com) is a useful resource for finding a club.