By ADA SPANJAARD
It is a fact: the ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) has granted the sanction to start a brand-new duplicate bridge club in the Beach, the Toronto East Bridge Club, serving the Beach area and surroundings.
You may be thinking: “Do we need another bridge club?” The answer is: Yes!
Even though there are various successful bridge groups at work in community centres, sports halls and church basements, there is a painful absence of a sanctioned duplicate bridge club in the east end of Toronto.
The TEBC expects to fill that void and offer a place where experienced players can earn Master Points and where novices can find a warm welcome and a learning environment. Duplicate bridge players in our area are applauding the addition of an east end sanctioned bridge club.
A dedicated group of volunteers has invested countless hours in the founding of the Toronto East Bridge Club. The sanction from the ACBL was obtained in early March. This meant the green light for the Toronto East Bridge Club to be launched. The date is set for Monday, April 29.
Bridge is not a dying pastime. On the contrary, recent tournaments and bridge drives show that bridge is making a remarkable come-back and is alive and well where you would least expect it. (See the Toronto Star’s extensive article written by Jordan Himelfarb and published on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in the Insight Section. You can access the entire article by typing A Millennial’s Guide to Bridge in your Google box).
TEBC manager Mark Pearson says he is optimistic that a bridge club at this location will be wildly successful. The TEBC is aiming to cater to players of all levels – beginner, intermediate and expert, although the survey conducted by the TEBC shows that most interested players are at the intermediate level. Efforts will be made to match up solo players. Once successful, the club intends to add instruction and supervised play to their roster.
The not-for-profit Toronto East Bridge Club intends to be a welcome addition to the Beach community.
It will be located in the newly renovated basement of Corpus Christi Church on Queen Street East, just east of Kingston Road, where players will be welcomed with open arms.
The basement has the advantage of being half above ground level, allowing for daylight to enter the bright and spacious hall. There is ample free parking and it is easily accessed using TTC.
The TEBC committee expects that the club will add to the vibrancy of the Beach area.
As the committee volunteers almost all have a background in different professions, there may be some initial glitches to be fixed. However, they all share a passion for duplicate bridge and will work hard at ironing out potential pitfalls.
You can find additional information on their website at www.torontoeastbridgeclub.com
Let the playing begin!