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Jay Shah

My dad tried to introduce bridge to us kids back in India when I was 10 years old. It was completely over my head then, and some of you think it still is! Eventually, I started learning to play bridge during my graduate studies (EE) at St. Louis U.  Played Lunch Bridge for 35 plus years until picked up duplicate in 2003.

I always liked bridge but duplicate made me fall in love with it head over heels! Aptly, my wife calls bridge my mistress and my jPad heaven!

I got my ACBL teacher’s accreditation in 2010 and directorship in 2011. I am a Ruby Life Master. I was a born teacher. Tutor my siblings & aunt/uncles, Lecturer at an Electrical Engineering College in India, and always a coach for the beginners at various engineering companies. Presenter and author of many technical papers & tutorials at national and international conferences.

A dream of running my own club finally came true in March 2016 with the help of my great Friend Jo Chorpening. My goal is to make the club the most friendly and fun place to play bridge. Unfortunately, COVID-19 took its toll and we had to close it in April 2021. It was one of the most pleasurable experiences I had that lasted for 4 long years!

I have and continue to thrive to make bridge fun (and non-threatening) for novice players. Encourage the participation of novice/beginner bridge players in tournaments. So far, I have had good success in getting the novices to play in my game. Many of the jbrdge and jPad students/regulars have played in many tournaments (local and out of town) in the last four years and have earned numerous trophies and many points.