Tournament Is Coming Up Trumps; Bridge Enthusiasts from across the Nation Gather here.(METROPOLITAN)

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Byline: Denise Barnes, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Thousands of men, women and children will be in the District over the next two weeks to try their hands at the most popular parlor game in the world - bridge.

Roughly 8,000 bridge players from the United States and other countries will meet at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest to compete during the 11-day Summer 2002 North American Bridge Championships.

No longer considered a card game for retired men and blue-haired ladies, bridge is experiencing a resurgence, especially among children and young adults who find the game fascinating.

At yesterday's start, Marc Glickman, 19, couldn't wait to try some tricks during the afternoon Life Master Pairs Event in the Marriott Ballroom. The Yale University student, who started playing bridge at age 12, said he enjoys the competition and the camaraderie with fellow bridge players.

"There's so much to bridge - there's psychology, partnership and strategy," said Mr. Glickman, a native of Woodland Hills, Calif.

"I really like the people - especially at the nationals. The junior players are a fun group," he said.

His father, James, an avid bridge player, introduced him to the game. The younger Mr. Glickman started attending tournaments, read a few books and one thing led to another. Now, he's hooked.

So is Sean Ganness.

Mr. Ganness, 36, learned to play bridge his senior year in college because many of his college buddies played.

"We started playing Hearts and gradually we wanted something more challenging. So, someone suggested bridge. I bought 'Five Weeks to Winning Bridge' by Alfred Sheinwold and the rest is history. I fell in love with the game because of the book. And, it's kind of funny, my friends no longer play bridge," he said.

Mr. Ganness said he finds the game challenging because every deal has a different set of problems - whether it's math oriented or the psychology of his opponents - it's never the same. …