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A Short History of the DeLand Bridge Club

 

Groups formed in DeLand and DeBary in the late 1950’s, joining ACBL in ’58 and playing in a lot of venues, some quite imaginative: restaurants, a fire hall, the Elks Club, the Woman’s Club, the Putnam Hotel. In 1962, Pete Besom and Norman Mortimer began looking for property and found the Deerfoot Road site. Permission had to be given by neighbors to have a club in the area, and a small building on the site, a former BOQ hut from the local Navy base, was sold and moved.

 

The building was designed by Norman Mortimer and built by John Witt, funded by shares in a first mortgage paying the then Pass-Book rate of 5%. The minimum investment was $300, and no one was permitted to put in more than $3000, the theory being that no one should have too great a say in what was done. 32 individuals and families participated. Mike Accardi, Leonard Munson and Norman Mortimer guaranteed the investments for a few who were worried that the Club would not succeed.

 

Member “sweat equity” got the building ready for opening in October, 1964. Many of the appliances were donated. Members installed them, as well as the kitchen cabinets. Curtain poles with card symbol finials were placed at each window with yards and yards of simple drapes made by a member. There was no carpet, just a bare concrete floor. Members brought carpet samples to put under cold feet, and a yard and plant sale was held on opening day to start a carpet fund.

 

The 30 year mortgage was paid off in 12 years. The two clubs had consolidated by then, and the Club, a non-profit corporation, is still going strong.

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What is Bridge?

 

The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge by Henry Francis defines Bridge as "A partnership game of cards derived from Whist and played by four persons."   

The ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) captures the essence and spirit of the game when it says "The world’s most challenging mental sport, bridge is a game of skill, communication and infinite possibilities."  See more of ACBL's description at Our Game, Our History.  

More History of Bridge.

The  mission of ACBL is "to promote the fun and challenge of bridge and support educational and playing opportunities for bridge enthusiasts throughout North America."  It does a superb job and should you take up Bridge, please consider joining ACBL to avail yourself to the manymember benefits provided.

How Can I Learn to Play Bridge?

 

The ACBL's Learn Home Page offers a variety of ways to learn Bridge:  How to play bridge, Free software you can download, an An Introduction to Duplicate Bridge ,  Find a Teacher and Find a Club.  

Joining a Bridge Club is a wonderful way to learn bridge; an added benefit is the new friends you make! 

Bridge Books

You're in luck!  There are lots of Bridge books which target the beginner.  Many Bridge Clubs have a library available to its' members and most public libraries also have books on Bridge.  

Need a recommendation? Try Audrey Grant's ACBL Bridge Series consisting of five volumes:  Bidding (Club), Play of the Hand (Diamond),  Defense (Heart),  Commonly Used Conventions (Spade) and More Commonly Used Conventions.

Audrey Grant  (Book, Software, Videos)
Mike Lawrence (books)

Bridge World Recommended Books 
Master Point Press - The Bridge Publisher

Bridge Software

 

Bridge software, which runs on your home computercan be grouped as either Bridge Playing programs that you actually play bridge with or educational programs.  Both are terrific tools for learning and improving your bridge. Plus, they are fun.

For your home computer, start with the ACBL free download of the two part course "Learning to Play Bridge."  It runs on a Windows PC only.

Bridge Playing programs commercially available are:

The Bridge Baron 
JACK 3.0  
Micro Bridge 11
Bridge Buff 12
Q-plus Bridge
Oxford Bridge
GIB

Introductory Bridge Courses on the Internet.

 

The Bridge World web site has a 5 lesson Introduction to Bridge consisting of: 
Lesson 1: The Mechanics of Bridge
Lesson 2: Bridge Scoring
Lesson 3: Introduction to Declarer's Play
Lesson 4: Introduction to Defender's Play
Lesson 5: Introduction to Bidding
What to do Next ...

Richard Pavlicek's Learn to Play Bridge! is a nice introduction to Bridge.  His free online courseBridge Basics is a great place to start learning how to play bridge.

Karen Walker's Karen's Bridge Library offers a wealth of information about Bridge.  Start with "On-Your-Own activities", a brief article about Learning Bridge.  Try some of her lessons - The Basics. 

Bridge School - Fifth Chair Foundation offers a series of lessons for the beginner and also has an archive of articles on various bridge topics.  Also check out the Fifth Chair Foundation'sBridge Jargon page for explanations of many bridge terms and conventions.

Colin's Bridge Lesson #1 gives a quick overview of Bridge from the deal, to the Auction, to the Play of the hand and finally, the scoring. 


Other interesting links are:

Bidding, Conventions, Defense
21 Rules of Being a Good Partner by Marty Bergen
Bridge Bidding Guide by Richard Pavlicek

Shopping

There are many places to Shop for  Bridge Software, we've created the following as a place to start.

ACBL Shopping
Bridge Software at Baron Barclay
Bridge Base Inc. - Software Index

There are numerous Bridge Teaching software titles available.  Below are a few sites to check out.

Larry Cohen   (books and software)
Eddie Kantar  (books and software)
Mike Lawrence

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