The Social context
A game of bridge involves communication and cooperation with your partner and interaction with your opponents. There’s a special camaraderie among bridge players that develops from the social setting and the game’s emphasis on teamwork, ethics and sportsmanship.
It’s not expensive
All you need to play bridge is a deck of cards and three other people. You can play at your local club, where you’ll enjoy a three-hour session for just a few euro. If you have a computer, you won’t even have to leave home, you can play online.
Of all the reasons to learn the game, the most important is that it’s just fun to play. It offers the suspense of poker, the cerebral qualities of chess and the excitement of athletic sports, all in a sociable setting where you are a participant, not just a spectator.
It can be a lifelong pursuit
Yes. For most players, this is true. It takes only a little knowledge to begin playing and enjoying bridge. But no matter how many years you play, the learning process never ends. Bridge also caters to all physical conditions and disabilities, so players can actively pursue their pastime throughout their entire lives.
It’s mentally stimulating…
Often referred to as chess with cards, bridge is one of the best ways to maintain mental sharpness in older age. Studies have shown that regular bridge-playing improves reasoning skills and long- and short-term memory.
…and it can improve physical well-being
Research has shown that playing bridge can also help boost the immune system. It was also found that people who play bridge on a regular basis are 2½ times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s why people keep coming back to the
bridge table and it’s why bridge will always be
the world’s most popular game