Nations’ top bridge teacher coming to WNC, June 19

Press release from WNC American Contract Bridge League: 

Patty Tucker is coming to teach her “jump start” bridge class for people interested in trying the game or refreshing their skills on June 19 near the Asheville airport.  Afterwards, she will certify experienced players who want to teach the class in their communities.

Tucker’s five-hour class, called “Learn Bridge in A Day?” has earned rave reviews from new players and those who haven’t played bridge in years.  Her class is accredited by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and taken by more than 10,000 people nation-wide.

Tucker is President of the American Bridge Teacher’s Association, last year’s “Player of the Year” and a Grand Life Master  (the highest rank of bridge players).   Kris Boswinkel, president of the Western North Carolina ACBL Unit board said: “We’re lucky to have Patty herself deliver the ‘Learn Bridge in a Day?’ she created for us.  She’s the best.”

Bridge is increasingly popular with people who want a social pastime that’s stimulating and challenging.  Many are attracted by research findings at the Mayo Clinic, Harvard and other medical schools revealing that bridge helps reduce mental decline and strengthen memory.

Warren Buffett, a bridge lover of financial fame, says he wouldn’t mind going to jail if he had three cell mates who played bridge.  Marina Navratilova, tennis star, claims bridge improves her reasoning, quick thinking and concentration.

Tucker will be teaching her “Learn Bridge in A Day?” class at the Broadmoor Links Club House on Monday, June 19, 8:30am-1:30pm.  Experienced players interested in teaching the class are encouraged to come and stay for the certification session afterwards.   Class registration and details plus information about the Unit’s Blue Ridge Spectacular tournament that week can be found at

About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. His writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, the Miracle Monocle, Juked and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, is now available.

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