At the Ottawa Regional ACBL Bridge tournament, I had the most amazing experience playing bridge with a totally blind woman. She was playing with a friend from Calgary whom she hadn’t seen for 34 years. Her cards had Braille and she was able to memorize the cards in the dummy with just one repetition of them from her partner. This picture is on their website, ACBL Unit 192. This is the text of the Unit 192 article:
Have you ever marveled at how well you can “see” the opponents cards when you close your eyes?
Now imagine playing an entire session without actually seeing any cards, including your own!
This is a fact of life every time Mary Goodale plays bridge. Of course, she has an advantage that most of us don’t, in that she is fluent in Braille.
Here’s an open letter from Mary, thanking everyone involved with the recent National Capital Regional for their contribution to her enjoyment of the game:
Dear Bridge Players,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for making it possible for me to participate in the N. C. Regional Bridge Tournament in Ottawa. First of all the Rideau Bridge Club made sure that the boards with my Braille cards were at the Crown Plaza. The Directors and Caddies made sure that I had made up boards to play with. Then the players in my group had to make up an extra set of boards which were my Braille cards. When the opponents came to my table, they needed to announce their bids and announce their cards when they played them. Every one was so cooperative. My partner, Bless her heart, travelled all the way from Calgary. I am most grateful to all of you.
I very much enjoyed the five days I played in the tournament and it was most exciting to win some red and gold points.
Again, Many thanks to all of you.
Sincerely, Mary Goodale.