The Tullosses were introduced to bridge by Gary and Muggs Smith, and found it to be a very enjoyable and challenging game.
After Jeep retired, he and Ruth began traveling to Chattanooga to play.
They decided to check with the Senior Center to inquire about starting a local bridge game. The Senior Center agreed and the Cleveland Club was born.
John Sughrue had managed a duplicate bridge club in Cleveland. Because of local interest in having a duplicate club again, Muggs approached Sughrue about starting a duplicate game at the Senior Center, also. He agreed to help if Jeep would take the director’s test and he and Ruth would run the game. Dick Mellor, a director agreed to assist, also. That gave birth to a volunteer board of directors consisting of the Tullosses, Sughrue and Mellor.
The duplicate club continued to grow and became a sanctioned American Contract Bridge League nonprofit club on Jan. 1, 2004. As time went on, the board members decided a paid club manager was needed to handle the additional work. Teresa Moore was named the club manager and director in 2009 and Sughrue was selected to served as treasurer.
In 2013, Mellor and Ruth Tulloss resigned from the board. Present board members are Tulloss, Sughrue, Linda Burns, Barbara Creagan and Judy Sullins.
Bridge traces its origins to the British game of Whist. Duplicate bridge is based on the emergence of duplicate whist in the game of whist. Duplicate bridge is the most widely used variation of contract bridge in club and tournament play around the world. It is called duplicate because the same bridge deal (i.e. the specific arrangement of the 52 cards into the four hands) is played at each table and scoring is based on relative performance.
In this way, every hand, whether strong or weak, is played in competition with others playing the identical cards, and the element of skill is heightened while that of chance is reduced.
Duplicate bridge stands in contrast to rubber bridge where each hand is freshly dealt and where the scores may be more affected by chance in the short run. Bridge boards, simple four-way card holders, are used to enable each player’s hand to be passed intact to the next table that must play the deal, and final scores are calculated by comparing each pair’s result with others who played the same hand.
Bidding boxes are often used to facilitate the mechanics of bidding. In duplicate bridge, a player normally plays with the same partner throughout an event. The two are known as a “pair.” There are two exceptions: team events of four to six members and individual tournaments in which players change partners for each round.
Duplicate players who belong to the ACBL receive “master ponts” when they place in a game. The goal of “Life Master” is the first level of achievement. The games now are stratified, which means A players, B players and C players compete only against their peers yet all play in the same game.
Bridge is the world’s most challenging mental exercise, and stimulation for your brain while you are having fun.
Cleveland Duplicate Bridge Club games are held on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. each week, at the Senior Center. There is an afternoon game at 1 p.m. on the second Friday of each month.
The entrance fee is $4 and arrival time for all games is 15 minutes before the game. Some bridge players still prefer to play rubber bridge so the “Fun Group” plays at 1 p.m on Tuesdays with no charge.
The local duplicate club is a welcoming group of pleasant players who come from Chattanooga, Athens, Georgetown, Etowah, Decatur, Old Fort, Cleveland and Dalton, Georgia.
For more information or inquiries of interest in playing in the local duplicate game, contact Teresa Moore at 423-321-2778 or 706-861-7107; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to visit the Cleveland Bridge Club website: www.cleveland.bridge-club.org, which contains information about local games, the mission statement and duplicate scores for current games.
For more information about duplicate bridge itself, visit the ACBL bridge site. If you are interested in learning the game of bridge or increasing your knowledge of the game, lessons can be arranged by contacting Moore.
If you are interested in playing the “Fun Group,” call Kitty Park at 476-3959.