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The Lincoln Duplicate Bridge Club, 237 S. 70th St., Suite 205, recently started a new Individual Pairs game Friday mornings at 10 a.m.

Each person changes partners every two or three hands (or boards). The game finishes by 1 p.m. and is sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League. Players are eligible to win master points.

An optional lesson is offered each Friday at 9:30 a.m., often based on topics requested by the players. The emphasis is on fun and learning. Anyone who knows just the basics of bridge who is interested in learning more about duplicate is invited to play. This is a teaching game, so players are encouraged to ask questions about both bidding and play from one of the facilitators present at every game.

Players range from those with years of experience playing party bridge to those who started bridge lessons only a short time ago. Participants say they enjoy the friendly, encouraging atmosphere. There is no pressure, so no one feels intimidated. Everyone gets as much or as little help as they want.

Anyone interested in going to a game can call/text Mary Bartels at 402-429-5711 or email mbartels@allophone.com. Walk-ins are also welcome. The game costs $4, but the first two sessions are free to newcomers.

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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