TRUMP CARD: Grafton Bridge Club’s Fran Hiatt gives tips to Joan O’Connor while Geoff Hiatt considers his next play. Fran and Geoff Hiatt will provide lessons for people interested in learning to play bridge. PHOTO: BILL NORTH
TRUMP CARD: Grafton Bridge Club’s Fran Hiatt gives tips to Joan O’Connor while Geoff Hiatt considers his next play. Fran and Geoff Hiatt will provide lessons for people interested in learning to play bridge. PHOTO: BILL NORTH

Chance to learn ultimate brain game

FUN and good for mental health, bridge is the ultimate sport for the brain.

It's no mean feat to keep count of 52 cards and ensure you fulfil your six-spade contract.

"Bridge is good for memory," Grafton Bridge Club's Geoff Hiatt said.

"It has been shown that it's good for the prevention of dementia.

"It is ideal for people of retirement age to keep the mind active. The longer people leave it the more difficult it is to learn."

Hiatt and his wife Fran attended an Australian Bridge Federation-sponsored teaching course at Ballina on the weekend.

The Hiatts are offering their services to introduce newcomers to the popular card game.

"They are advocating a new way of teaching bridge," Hiatt said.

"No more whiteboards. Learners sit at tables and handle cards right from the beginning."

Weekly two-hour lessons will run from the end of April for six to eight weeks followed by supervised play sessions.

The Hiatts welcome inquiries on 6642 2882. Lessons will take place on a night that suits and there will be a minimal initial charge.

"If you know how to play any card game with trumps in it you're a long way advanced in terms of learning bridge," Hiatt said.

Bridge is played at South Grafton Ex-Services Club on Tuesdays at 6pm, Thursdays from noon and Fridays from 10am.



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