At the higher levels, tournament bridge is fiercely competitive and not all that social. Many times, pairs will sit down and simply announce that they are playing weak no-trumps or a forcing club system, etc. Otherwise they simply will say hi or if they know me, "Hi, Alan." Then it's down to bidding and playing the hands and serious concentration. If you are looking for social events, you don't enter bridge tournaments.
Interestingly enough, when I first started playing bridge in 1969, I didn't know how seriously folks took the tournaments. I knew that girls liked bridge and I actually started playing in hopes of meeting my future spouse. I quickly found out that many of the women playing in tournaments seem to have more testosterone than a lot of the men. You don't exactly want to bring these girls home to meet mama. I never did meet anything resembling a suitable spouse but I did fall head over heels in love with the game itself and I went on to become one of the better tournament bridge players in the country.
My name can be found in the biographical section of the 1983 Encyclopedia of Bridge along will all of the all-time greats.
people who do not play duplicate are clueless ... probably THE best game ever developed ...
It's the only game that Bill Gates plays , he said that it's the only game that he cannot figure out ...
my friends bust on me, saying that it's a game for gray haired ladies .... what a laugh ... granted , there
are not as many players these days , but back in the day , there was more money gambled on
bridge than any other card game ... if anyone wants demographics .. tell'em you can't find another
group with higher net worths , or IQ's ... and some of the tournaments are as grueling as a 6 day
bike race ... keep playing'em partner .... 3 NT ... garce