When I came to this country, June of 1956 after I married my husband, who was a Naval Officer, in Hong Kong, I had to learn how to play rubber Bridge because all my husband’s family played Bridge. In fact my husband’s aunt Jayne Rogge (from St.Louis) was a lifetime master player.
My first experience with duplicate Bridge was in 1962 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A man asked me to be his partner at a tournament and I gained 3 master points, but I was not a member of ACBL then. I did not play bridge again for 40 odd years. Then I started to sub a few times in 2008 in party Bridge and played with a group of ladies for seven years before moving to Lancaster in 2016. My husband and I started playing duplicate with the Maple Grove group in July, 2016.
I learned a lot from reading the ACBL bulletin and from the daily Bridge column by Philip Alden in the Lancaster newspaper. Also my Thursday partner, Dottie Allen has helped me.
I shall be 80 years-old on October 22 and find it hard to believe I am becoming a Bridge master.