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Hannah Moon, a member of the Prince Albert Bridge Club, recently earned an Emerald Life Master and the 2012 Richmond trophy for the top Canadian bridge player.
Bridge is her hobby and passion in life.
Hannah Moon, a member of the Prince Albert Bridge Club recently received two major honours -- she has become an Emerald Life Master for achieving 7,500 points and was the winner of the 2012 Richmond trophy for the top Canadian bridge player.
“I am very honoured and actually very humbled,” Moon said.
This is the second time Moon has won the Richmond trophy. The last time she won it was in 2010.
“I was honoured and surprised because I was the first woman to ever achieve this in 26 years,” Moon said.
Not only was she the first woman to achieve the honour, she is also the first person in northern Saskatchewan, fellow bridge player Peter McLaren said.
“She had a lot of firsts,” McLaren said. “She was the first woman, the first true blue amateur and the first person in northern Saskatchewan.”
Bridge is a card game that keeps your skills and mind sharp, they said.
“This version is called duplicate bridge what we play here,” McLaren said. “What that means is the cards are duplicated in order to eliminate luck. Everyone plays with the same holding and passes the boards to the next table and they play the same cards.”
He said it is how you do with those particular cards instead of luck of the draw and getting dealt all the aces. It is a competitive game played throughout North America.
“Bridge is a game of mistakes,” Moon said. “You maximize your opponent’s mistakes and minimize our mistakes. That is winning combination.”
Moon never expected these awards when she first started playing bridge.
“I am very honoured and actually am very humbled,” Moon said. “I started as a once a week bridge player, but that is what makes me more interested. When my children grew older and I had more time, it gave me more opportunity to play in regional tournaments.”
They agreed bridge is a great game and is more than just a hobby.
“Bridge to me is a sport, just the same as if this was a golfing competition or curling or anything like that,” McLaren said.
It takes a lot of skill to play bridge, Moon added.
“The first time I took my husband to bridge lessons he said, ‘Oh, bridge is more complicated than medicine’,” Moon laughed. “He was a doctor.”
They would like to see more people come out to play.
“I hope more people become interested in the fascinating game of bridge as much as I enjoy it,” Moon said. “The more you play, the more steps you can find and achieve. It is quite a freedom.”
Not only does Moon love the game, she also made a lot of friends through the game.
“Over the years, I have had many different bridge partners,” Moon said. “Whenever I meet more new people and all the friends, this is what makes it an enjoyable tournament. Every time I go and I see people from the surrounding area, I am so delighted to see them.”