Doug and Sandra Fraser enjoy a game of bridge at their Victoria home Wednesday. Sandra will be representing Canada during the Venice Cup — the women’s teams world bridge championships in India this September.

Victoria woman to compete in international bridge competition

A Victoria woman has been dealt the right hand and is heading to compete in an international bridge competition in India next month.

A Victoria woman has been dealt the right hand and is heading to compete in an international bridge competition in India next month.

Sandra Fraser, along with five other women from around the country, will be representing Team Canada at the Venice Cup — the women’s teams world championships in India in September.

“I’m very excited. We have a very competitive team. I think it’s possibly the best team we’ve put in a women’s event,” laughed Sandra, who is the top-ranked woman in Canada with the American Contract Bridge League.

Bridge is a card game played between four people in which the players across from each other work as partners. Each deal consists of four parts: dealing the cards, auction (or bidding), playing the cards and scoring.

Sandra qualified for the world championships after winning the Canadian women’s championship last year.

The former England-native came to Canada in 1963 and learned how to play bridge shortly after that.

“I was on a freighter from England to Canada and there was a bridge player on board. He had a bridge club and taught us,” said Sandra, adding she enjoys the social and psychological aspects of the game.

“Every hand is different from any other hand. Every time you play a hand, it challenges you mentally, it keeps your brain alert. It’s part of a lifestyle of keeping your body well so that your mind can be well.”

Bridge is also a partnership, something Sandra and her husband Doug understand well.

They have found success as separate bridge players, but also as a couple. The duo has done well at several North American championships together and Doug is also Sandra’s bidding coach for the world championships.

“We talk and we have an extremely good system,” said Doug, who is currently the number one-ranked bridge player in Victoria and has represented Canada at many international competitions. “We’ve been playing a long time. A lot of people make mistakes in bridge when they’re forced to guess.”

“You leave your ego at the door. You have to do that to be a married couple playing bridge together,” added Sandra.

In preparation for her second appearance at the Venice Cup, Sandra plays online two or three times a week, practicing bidding and working with coaches to fine tune their systems.

“Sandra is not only a talented and skillful bridge player, she’s learned to be able to maintain her focus and compete at high levels, and she’s managed to be able to minimize the effect of the pressure on her ability to play at her best,” said Nicholas Gartaganis, the team’s non-playing captain.

The Venice Cup begins on Sept. 26.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. Greens introduce all-women slate for Victoria, Saanich and Oak Bay ridings

School trustee Nicole Duncan assumes Oak Bay-Gordon Head candidacy

Long-time Central Saanich councillor named NDP candidate for Saanich North and the Islands

King, who joins election campaign one week after its start, hopes to unseat Adam Olsen

VicPD explains why calls for service can’t be compared to years before 2019

Department launches Open VicPD, new platform in aim to be transparent

Worklink march in Langford supports Orange Shirt Day

Ahousaht Prayer Song sets the tone

Wetland property next to Saanich home donated for parkland through will

Brian Patriquin gained a love of nature and the environment spending time at Cedar Hill property

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

U.S. boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

B.C. VOTES 2020: Businesses now owe $6 billion in deferred tax payments

COVID-19 relief from remittance to province ends with September

Most Read