It’s not often that Ipswich or Suffolk takes the lead in terms of bridge, but our bridge community has set the standard for the rest of the country in its response to the pandemic.
Bridge played face-to-face at bridge clubs requires many people to sit well within two metres of each other, touching the same cards. If you add to this the age profile of those who play, it was clear as soon as the pandemic arrived that face-to-face bridge was not going to take place for a while (and indeed a while yet).
Within a couple of weeks of the first lockdown, almost without breaking stride, IKBC had moved club events online. This included our regular Thursday night game and our two bridge classes. Like the rest of the nation, we all became very familiar with Zoom.
We have also started a regular Monday evening session which we are calling Relaxed Bridge as we play fewer boards, with more time to play them and the opportunity to ask questions. This has proved extremely popular with those who want to play club bridge but feel a bit intimidated about joining an established club.
Taking advantage of the technologies available, we have added some additional offerings. We have a mentoring program, an opportunity to ‘ask an expert’ and we host monthly seminars.
One upside of being online is that geography is no longer an issue and we have seen players joining us from all over the country.
If you are interested in learning or playing bridge at any level, we believe we have something to offer you. If you want to know more, visit our website or contact me at: [email protected]