Jandra Faranda and Sandra Persey would love to see Helen Flatley’s hand of cards.
Jandra Faranda and Sandra Persey would love to see Helen Flatley’s hand of cards. Blainey Woodham

Building a bridge to more players

A MURWILLUMBAH bridge grand master wants more people to give the card game a try.

Jandra Faranda has played bridge for more than 37 years and is busy preparing for a national competition in Canberra in January.

"Bridge is a cerebral game. It's sort of like the chess of cards," Ms Faranda said.

"There is a lot of calculating, deduction, percentages and psychology.

"You can learn the games in about two or three months, but I have been playing for 37 years and I am still learning every time I play."

She and about 40 bridge players get together at the Tweed Regional Art Gallery to play every Monday.

"Preparing for the national competition I also play about two games a week online," she said during play yesterday.

Ms Faranda said the club was always looking for members and although Monday's tournament was competitive, people could still visit the club for a bit of "hit and giggle".

"We always want people to get involved," she said.

"We don't get as many young people as we would like, but I would say that if you like games then give it a try.

"It's a game that is often picked up at university.

"Not so much locally, but at the national competitions you would often see competitors who were doctors, accountants and IT people.

"It's one of the ultimate card games you can play."

In Canberra Ms Faranda will take part in the 40th anniversary of the Summer Festival of Bridge from January 19-29.

"A lot of the competitors play a lot more than I do because geographically it's hard for me to get to events," she said.

Ms Faranda said it was often difficult to find quality competition online and skill levels varied considerably compared to club competition.



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