Tony Savant, my friend and bridge partner, and our SOMBA web master, has returned from an extended stay in South Carolina. Several ailments including Covid and a slow healing broken ankle kept him from returning to Michigan last summer. But he's back now after a one week stop in Gatlinburg to pick up a few master points. He is hot on the trail of becoming a Gold Life Master and you should see him at upcoming tournaments and club games.
Welcome back Tony!!
Submitted by: Dave Fletcher
Achieved Gold Life Master
Bridge for Joy & Growth
Lakshmi S. Vora
My friend, now my husband, introduced me to the game of Contract Bridge in the early 70s and gave me Edgar Kaplan’s book to study. I loved the game immediately and still have the book. Over the years, my passages of life took their usual stages of cultivating my career, marrying, having children, watching my children graduate and marry, welcoming the arrival of grandchildren. A full life, but little time for me to play or develop my Bridge skills.
As I was about to retire from Ford Motor Company, Ellen Silverest, a friendly Bridge director who is now a dear friend, introduced me to Ford Bridge Club and Duplicate Bridge. She gave me lessons on duplicate protocols and fended off aggravated opponents when I forgot to use the bidding box and said my bids out loud!
I loved the competitive spirit of Duplicate Bridge, being able to compare my play with other teams to improve my game. As I was learning the conventions and bidding methods for duplicate bridge-- which were very different from my Edgar Kaplan days-- I was fortunate to get a call from a then-acquaintance and now-friend and mentor, Vishwas Gadgil, an expert duplicate player who graciously partners with me often. My other regular partners, Naresh Kapila, Larry Lewis and many more have contributed greatly to my Bridge growth and enhanced my life with their friendships.
The ACBL has done a remarkable job of creating an ethos of fairness, embodied in due processes so that we enjoy the game properly. And the SOMBA Bridge Clubs, run by Vickie, Dolores, and Dave, that I play in have been most welcoming. And during last couple of years of Covid, I can’t even imagine what I would have done without on-line Bridge on BBO. I thank BBO for their rapid response to our needs during Covid times.
I have now been playing duplicate bridge for over about 13 years. I am absolutely hooked on the game. I find it meditative when I am focused on playing a hand with full concentration and joyful when I have played a hand well. The companion themes in Bridge to “start where you are, use what you have and do what you can" and "do all this with good communication with your partner" provide a powerful metaphor for living my life outside of Bridge as well.
I'm happy that I am building my own bridges with so many kind people I have had the pleasure of playing with. Bridge has become much more than a game to me. It offers me the opportunity to have truly enriching experiences, both in terms of the intellect and in the diverse human connections it has fostered.
I thank each one of my friends in the Bridge community for this gift, this JOY, of competitive Bridge and look forward to more games and friendships.