SA BRIDGE ASSOCIATION

The S.A.B.A was formed in 1933 and players met over the years in various rented properties. In 1970 the present property was purchased. It comprises a large playing room, office and kitchen with an annexe added in 1978 where some lessons are held and supervised play takes place. A lounge was built in 1993 where players can meet before and after play.

The club is a not for profit organization run by a committee and employs a manager, assistant, teacher, directors, tutors and kitchen staff. (Sandwiches can be ordered for lunch.) There are over 1300 members.

Sessions are held 6 days a week and 5 nights a week (Monday to Friday). All levels of play are catered for from beginners to advanced and supervised play for those who need extra assistance.  Weekly sessions are also held at Walkerville, Fullarton, Somerton Park, and Campbelltown.

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To be a successful bridge club by providing a congenial, fair and competitive environment for the enjoyment of bridge at all levels.”

 

WHAT IS BRIDGE?

The form of bridge played today is called ‘contract bridge’ and was invented in 1925. It is the most popular card game in the world with over 100 countries as members of the World Bridge Federation.The estimated number of bridge players exceeds 60 million. Bridge is played by four players and is a partnership game with one partnership opposing the other.

The advantages of bridge include:

  • You can play in any weather.
  • There is no age barrier. Players as young as five have been known to play and players in their eighties have competed effectively in and won world championships.
  • Bridge will keep you mentally alert in your latter years and quite probably will therefore help you live longer. There is a negative correlation between bridge players and those suffering from Alzheimer’s.
  • It is possible to play bridge despite severe physical handicaps. Deaf people can play, as can blind people. There have been blind competitors in the world championships.
  • It is relatively inexpensive to play.
  • You can play socially or competitively. Either way the game offers a significant challenge.
  • You can meet lots of new people at bridge clubs.

Much of bridge’s popularity owes to the possibility that it can be played at all levels – socially, at bridge clubs (from beginners to advanced) and in tournaments. Bridge played at clubs is called duplicate bridge as the hands are duplicated so that the same hands are played by each partnership.