ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Brian R. Gray P.Eng. is a retired professional consulting Geotechnical Engineer. He enjoyed playing Duplicate Bridge for 5 years so much so, that he wrote his first bridge book, “A Newcomer’s Guide Stress-Free Introduction to Duplicate Bridge,” for Newcomer and Contract Bridge players (like himself) who want the challenge of the Duplicate Bridge game format and would benefit from his mistakes/experiences.

 

Brian was fortunate to be partnered with two experienced players who mentored him on the bridge procedures and the game itself. He thought it would be very helpful to Newcomers to the game to have the necessary information for success in a single book at their fingertips.

 

Brian can still remember how nervous he was for his second game walking into a hall set up for 30 bridge tables, unfamiliar with the Duplicate Bridge environment and not knowing a soul or having a partner!
With the COVID-19 pandemic striking in early 2020, Brian decided to write this companion book, “A Handy Bridge Player’s Guide To Duplicate”, as a bridge-link for success, to help UK beginners, leave the comfort of the classroom and to help social (contract) bridge players transitioning to Duplicate, to play the game confidently in a friendly clubroom environment.

 

Brian thought about writing this book to mirror the novel, “A Tale of Two Cities” in a 21st-century pandemic environment…an instructional resource book for the Stamford Bridge Club, Lincolnshire UK from his experiences at the Mississauga-Oakville Community Bridge Club, Ontario Canada (a 3514-mile distance). Quite a challenge indeed! I’d love to hear from you how I did?

 

This Newcomer’s Guide will teach all you need to know to easily navigate the Bridge table and allow you more time to concentrate on improving your bidding, declaring, and defensive skills….more fun making new friends and successful partnerships.

 

Brian and his wife Rosemary enjoy social bridge with family and friends. They are anxiously awaiting for their two vaccination shots and life to return to the ‘new’ post-pandemic normal. Rosemary will return to playing socially twice a week with friends and at the condo bridge club while Brian is down at the local Mobridge club doing his thing. They also enjoy cruising, time at the cottage, golfing, bowling, singing in a musical group, and time with friends and extended family.

 

The left photo shows the late Jack Stark awarding the Rosemary Stark memorial plaque to the Gray Brothers, winners of the 2015 annual Non-Life Master game at the Mobridge club. To obtain a valuable insight into the UK game, Brian joined the Stamford Bridge club and plays regularly each week on their BBO virtual site since October 2020. 

 

Brian (left) and Wayne (right) are 75-year-old twin brothers who began playing Duplicate Bridge about 5 years ago at Mobridge, Mississauga, ON. They both played bridge at university. The bridge was their nightly entertainment on the many golf trips. 

 

Brian and Wayne don’t think their Hearts on their sleeves but about halfway through a session they get asked about their game results,” Are you Brothers Gray or Brothers Grim?!”

 

Both are very sympathetic to Newcomers’ struggles to learn the bidding, declaring, and defensive skills. They’ve been there, done that: learn from our mistakes/experience. Brian and Wayne would be pleased to answer any Newcomer questions. Email them at  brianrgray@rogers.com

 

What would a book launch be without a CONTEST!!

 

Since the book is about Duplicate Bridge, I thought we should have a  ‘Name that BRIDGE CONTEST.
Bridge and Rosemary had the pleasure of a circum-navigation cruise of the British Isles on board “The Grand Princess” in 2008.  During my professional career, I conducted geotechnical investigations of the ground conditions for many bridge structures, and naturally photos of the interesting structures encountered during our voyage. 

 

JOIN THE NAME THAT BRIDGE CONTEST:

 

  • PHOTO 1 What is the name of the Bridge, the water body, the nearby prominent City, and County?
  • PHOTO 2 What is the name of the River, nearby prominent Castle, and town, and County?
  • PHOTO 3 What is the name of the River, the City, the name of the bridge where the photo was taken, and the famous Bridge in distance?
  • PHOTO 4 What is the name of the Bridge, the water body, the length of the structure, and the County?  

 

Send your answers to bridgebeginnermentor@rogers.com Marked CONTEST ENTRY.
The contest will end at midnight December 31, 2021. The winner will be the earliest received Email with the sixteen correct answers. There will be clues (each month) for those readers who are geographically challenged. The first-place prize will be a L25 gift card, the second-place prize, a L15 gift card, and the third-place prize, a L10 gift card from The Bridge Warehouse.

 

Contestants may make multiple entries but only the latest dated Email will be considered. Names of the winners will be presented on this website. The decision of the Author will be final. 

Like the game of Bridge…let’s have some fun!!