While in the Well last week, Fred discussed an important topic that should serve as a wake-up call for the bridge community:
" I greatly fear that there is not going to be much left of bridge in most parts of the world (certainly including America) in 40 years time. Even within 20 years bridge players are going to start dropping like flies. Some time in the not too distant future, the length of the "In Memoriam" page will surpass that of the "New Life Masters" page in the ACBL Bulletin ."
This is a sobering thought, but one that shows signs of becoming a reality. Fred continues with his plea for us to confront this problem head on.
Not everyone agrees with Fred. On our site, Bill Hall posted a recent blog entry titled The Future of Bridge? stating why he feels otherwise:
" Young people will seek challenges, and the most challenging trick-based game is bridge. Bridge organizations may well die, and maybe they should. But not the game itself. Duplicate? It predates even auction bridge. Players who seek competitive challenges will find a way. Thanks to the growing ease of communication and travel, even international competition will continue. Only the form and sponsorship are uncertain ."
Where do you see the game in 20 years? How about 40 years from now?
Getting bridge into schools is one way to ensure its survival, and nobody I know of has done a better job of this than Patty Tucker . Patty has had a remarkable success rate at getting young people to learn the game. Her efforts fostered the multitude of young players in the Atlanta area that compete in the area's tournaments. (She also runs the Bridge Winners Youth Bridge Section ).
Several European nations (especially Holland and Poland) have also achieved tremendous success in getting the younger generations interested in the game.
While getting the future generations to learn the game is important, the form of the competitive landscape for bridge in the future is also quite interesting. I'm curious to hear our members' opinions on Fred's other predictions for the game 20 years from now:
Do you agree with Fred?
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