The K of C Bridge Club has a weekly duplicate bridge game, usually in the Main Hall (building B) at 7:00 p.m. sharp on Monday evenings. We have two sections: the Open Game and a 299er Game, the latter limited to players with less than 300 master points. All members and guests are welcome.
Contact, Bernie Oetjen: (703) 790-5170
Bridge can trace its ancestry at least to the early 16th century in England (first reference 1529 in a published sermon by Bishop Latimer) and through succeeding centuries when prototype forms of whist were played under such names as triumph, trump, ruff, slam, ruff and honours, whisk and swabbers, whisk, and whist. Whist may have referred to the rapid action of sweeping up the cards after winning a trick, or whist to a call for silence. The game was popular under its modern name of whist by the middle of the 17th century, but it was not until 1742 that the first book devoted to whist appeared: Edmond Hoyles famous Short Treatise on Whist. This rapidly became a best seller, and many pirated editions appeared immediately afterwards.