You may be saying "Whist, what the Devil is whist, and why is this the Cleveland Whist Club? I am looking for a site about bridge in Cleveland."

Good questions??. Whist was the forerunner of bridge. It was extremely popular in the 1700s and 1800s and into the 1900s. Many of the bridge terms we use today (grand slam, duplicate, boards, tenace and dummy for instance) come from Whist. Wikipeida has an article on Whist if you are interested in more information.

The Cleveland Whist Club was formed in 1895 and fielded teams in national tournaments for years. But contract bridge replaced whist during the 1920s and members soon took up the new game with a passion. However, whist was still played occasionally by members of the Cleveland Whist Club until 1960s.

So this is the site to find out what is happening in Cleveland in the wonderful game of bridge. The Cleveland Whist Club is Unit 125 of the American Contract Bridge League(ACBL).

We promote bridge in a number of ways including:

  • Three Sectional tournaments each year in which players of all levels compete
  • A Sectional tournament for players who are not Life Masters, the ACBL rank of better players
  • A one session Master/Future Master game in which experienced players play as partners with less experienced players
  • This web site
  • A two-session team game known as a STAC game, which stands for Sectional Tournament at Club
  • A wonderful multi session team game called the Vichill League in which players of all skill levels play against similar players. Check it out at Vichill League
  • Introduction to bridge in schools and for the public at large
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