Post Number: 3737
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 9:37 am: || |
For March 6-16 the Spring 2008 North American Bridge Championship, conducted by the American Contract Bridge League, is being held in the RenCen, sponsored by Compuware. This is one of three such tournaments held each year (spring, summer, fall) and attracts thousands of players from around the world.
They have tours scheduled during their stay and I'm sure many will be out and about, especially if the weather warms.
Just another reason to be on one's good behavior all the time because not all visitors and conventions in town are high profile.
Group tours where you might bump into them en masse
Check out the bottom of the page for handy clickable maps great for conventioneers and other tourists.
Post Number: 181
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 12:55 pm: || |
I'm curious as to where these maps came from. They are nicely done, yet they point visitors to areas that aren't quite in the shape they might expect having visited historic districts in other cities. Certainly the Charlotte-Peterboro area, for example, has a great deal of potential, but would you send a group of elderly bridge players strolling around there?
Post Number: 3738
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 5:09 pm: || |
Elderly? From what I understand that's not a valid assumption at all. It's the Detroit chapter of the American Contract Bridge League that's hosting the event and Compuware's Peter Karmanos is an active participant, so it's not as if organizers are unfamiliar with either their guests or the area.
Post Number: 4589
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 5:48 pm: || |
Not just for the elderly http://www.youthnabc.org/
This is a deep and highly skilled game when played at the highest levels. It is the 'chess' of card games.
The actor Omar Sharif of Dr. Zhivago fame was once one of the best "contract bridge players, co-wrote a syndicated newspaper bridge column for the Chicago Tribune for several years. He is also both author and co-author of several books on bridge... For a number of years his partner at international tournaments was American football coach Tommy Prothro." From Sharif's wiki entry.
Post Number: 124
|Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 7:54 pm: || |
Bridge is a great game, as long as you can avoid fights with your partner. Nonetheless, the demographic skews pretty old--the average age of an ACBL member is about 67.