TOP STATUS: Bridge player Ron Lorraway has been awarded Silver Grand Master after four decades of playing the card game.
TOP STATUS: Bridge player Ron Lorraway has been awarded Silver Grand Master after four decades of playing the card game. Lisa Benoit Roklbridge

Give Ron a hand, he’s a bridge master

IT'S all about the challenge.

That's what has kept Ron Lorraway intrigued with the game of bridge for more than 40 years.

After four decades of mastering the card game, Ron has achieved one of the highest ranks awarded to an elite few throughout Australia. He is a Silver Grand Master.

The 78-year-old was awarded the status after he accrued 2500 points, which he earned from travelling to competitions around the country and playing at Rockhampton Bridge Club three times a week.

Ron first took a liking to bridge in 1970 when he went along to a session of bridge; by the next week the then 33-year-old was hooked and has been playing ever since.

"You could say it's a hard game because no matter how many years you play, you never stop learning," Ron said.

"It's like all card games, you try to achieve the best results for what you have available in your hand.

"There's two ways to play bridge, there's the bidding and play of the hand. Each person gets 13 cards each and you have a partner. You have to work out between you and your partner what suit you are going to play in. You do that by means of bidding and in the meantime the opposition are bidding as well."

Bridge has seen Ron travel on a regular basis, attending competitions in nearly every state of Australia.

Besides Ron's passion for the game, he said it's been a great opportunity to be social and meet a lot of people throughout the years.

"You create friendships all over the country," Ron said.

Ron said he was proud of his Silver Grand Master status and is always ready for a challenge in bridge.

 

HOW TO PLAY:

Bridge is played with four people sitting at a card table using a standard deck of 52 cards (no jokers)

The players across from each other form partnerships

Each deal consists of: the auction, where the four players bid in a clockwise rotation describing their hands; the play, where the side that wins the bidding auction tries to take the tricks necessary to fulfil their contract and scoring



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