Legendary bridge master in Langford to give workshop

Local enthusiasts secure three-time world champion for two-day event


One of the world’s leading bridge players and instructors is in town this weekend to impart wisdom gained over decades of top-level competition.

Mike Lawrence, who has three world championship titles and 18 North American crowns to his credit, will be at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort and Spa this Sunday and Monday (Nov. 15 to 16) to lead a workshop on the finer points of the game.

It’s a rare opportunity for serious Vancouver Island bridge players to glean playing tips from one of the best.

“Today he’s regarded as the top theorist in the world,” said Bob Flitton, the Highlands resident who spearheaded the bid to bring Lawrence to town. “It’s like having somebody who won the Indianapolis 500 ten times come to Bear Mountain. This guys is ‘it’ in terms of the bridge world.”

Lawrence, who these days lives in Tennessee, had been scheduled to put on a workshop in Kelowna earlier this year. He didn’t hesitate to say ‘yes,’ Flitton said, when asked if he’d be willing to come to Greater Victoria to put on a clinic for avid bridge players.

As it turned out, the Kelowna workshop was cancelled and Flitton said some people who planned on attending there have signed up for the Langford event.

The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. If you haven’t already booked your ticket, you can still register online at bearmountain.ca/bridge and click on Events and Bridge Workshop. The cost is $150.

For more information, call Flitton at 250-361-7125 or email him at bobflitton@telus.net.


Win your entry

• The Goldstream News Gazette is giving away one entry into this weekend’s bridge workshop with Mike Lawrence, valued at $150. The first person to call us at 250-478-9552 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday receives the free admission.