Bridging the Generations with Bridge
Deborah Drysdale of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) shared some enthusiastic reflections on the CAIS students’ participation in a recent bridge tournament. (ACBL conducts the after school enrichment course AOI6. Learn to Play Bridge for CAIS’s Extended Day program.)
“All the kids did GREAT! The fourth grade boys sat still, paid attention, and played well for 3 1/2 hours! I am truly impressed. They were playing against some pairs who have played bridge and taken bridge lessons for years. Hard to believe they (except for Garrett) just started learning at the end of October (with a 2 week holiday break!) The boys were all super polite and appropriate as the East-West opponent pairs kept coming through our table. One of the opponents actually emailed me this morning asking if she could send a message to them through me. Fan mail! And another East-West opponent is a member of the Chinese-American Bridge Club. He was thrilled to see these CAIS students playing and said he was going to contact the C-A bridge club with his enthusiasm. A favorite part of the day for me was when they were meeting the amazing young player (now turned bridge professional) Edmund Wu!”
She also shared many great comments from the students, including:
• at the end of the afternoon session, after hours and hours of bridge, Maxwell asked: “Can we join the ACBL? Will we get real membership cards?”
• he also said, “Miss Deborah, will you teach me how to keep score on my yellow card?” Make my day!
• before the play began, Nico looked around and said, “I think we’re the youngest ones here!” How right he was (actually, there was one other youngster)