I play bridge (as well as chess ). However the average age at my bridge club is undoubtedly over 50.
Chess is easy to learn (just the moves of 6 different pieces), and you can estimate your progress in a game by just counting material. There’s no luck. Of course it’s a very deep game, but you can usually find someone to play with (including a computer.)
You can start playing around 6 years old. It doesn’t cost much to play. There are plenty of chess books to read.
However it’s NOT a sociable game, and appeals far more to men.
Learning bridge divides into two parts:
- the card play (which is easy to teach and measure progress)
- the bidding, which takes a long time before you can do it without help
The English Bridge Union get round this with a concept called Minibridge, which basically skips over bidding and sets the contract, ready for play.
There is luck in rubber bridge, but you need 8+ players before you can play duplicate bridge.
Bridge is played by roughly equal numbers of men + women, but appeals less to the young.