published Friday, July 13th, 2012

Global bridge players to attend Chattanooga River City Regional Bridge Tournament

Winners of the Chattanooga Bridge Center “knockout” event last week were novice players Mary Pierce, Marty Hershey, Rob Berghel and Keith Honnold. Novice players, those with fewer than 500 master points, usually don’t win this type of event in which players with more experience and master points are playing, said Kathy Ellis, bridge center member.
Photo by Cheryl Whitfield
Winners of the Chattanooga Bridge Center “knockout” event last week were novice players Mary Pierce, Marty Hershey, Rob Berghel and Keith Honnold. Novice players, those with fewer than 500 master points, usually don’t win this type of event in which players with more experience and master points are playing, said Kathy Ellis, bridge center member. Photo by Cheryl Whitfield

BRIDGE PLAYERS from across the globe will attend the Chattanooga River City Regional Bridge Tournament on July 23-29 at The Chattanoogan hotel.

More than 1,200 participants are expected to compete in the event, said Kathy Ellis, a member of the Chattanooga Bridge Center.

It's a big event for the bridge community, Ellis said.

The competition will last from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day, except the Sunday Swiss event on July 29, which begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Persons with 0-5 master points may play for free on Tuesday. Those with 0-20 master points may play for half the regular $12 price each session, Ellis said. A complete schedule of times and events, as well as partnership assistance, may be accessed by visiting http://mabcbridge.org/Regional Tournaments/Chattanooga /120723/InfoIndex.htm.

"There will be several guest speakers throughout the tournament," Ellis said.

Chattanooga has a devoted bridge-playing community, she said.

"We have approximately 185 members in Unit 206, which includes the Chattanooga Bridge Center, Cleveland Bridge Club and the Fairyland Club," she said. About 50 local players will participate in the tournament, she said.

Unit 206 is governed by the American Contract Bridge League, which sanctions each game and tournament throughout the United States, Ellis said. "The American Contract Bridge League has been active for 75 years."

Chattanooga hosts the regional tournament every four years.

Among the competitors are members who need gold points to attain life master status, Ellis said. "However, Chattanooga has a lot of life master people who just love to play, and a lot of them will participate."

Ellis said she has been playing bridge six years.

"I got involved through playing with a private group and then began taking lessons from Mike Sherman," she said. "I have served on the board of the Fairyland Club as member-at-large, have worked at several sectionals and served as chairman of the fall of 2011 sectional hospitality committee. I currently am on the public relations committee with my sister Suzanne Atchley, who took lessons with me and played with me until we received our life master in 2011. We usually play at least twice a week. We have been instrumental in getting classes in duplicate bridge started at Chattanooga State. There currently are classes at the Chattanooga Bridge Center, also."

Bridge players seeking partnership information at the event should contact Ted Thomas at 265-0155.

Among local players involved in the event are John Felker, Bill Adams, Buddy Landis, Pat Whitaker, Betty Sue Farmer, David Brown, Susan Kimm and Buddy Landis.

For more information, visit unit206acbl.org.

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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