Introduction to Bridge
This page is intended for players with a fundamental knowledge of bridge who would like a few pointers.
It is not intended for players with a great deal of experience as they will already have systems and conventions built up over the years.
There are two main areas to develop in bridge expertise, bidding and the play. Unlike some card games, the bidding is particularly critical as it can influence the score to a very large degree. Also, in Duplicate Bridge, the play requires a pair to outperform other pairs that play the same boards.
The following briefly descibes some areas of the game of bridge.
Types of bridge
Playing the game
Recommended by the EBU is a practice program for beginners/improvers is MiniBridge.
It is a free download for Microsoft Windows users. There is no bidding but just provides card playing opportunities with hint options if required.
Another free download from the EBU site is 'Learn to Play Bridge'. This is based on a US system but has been modified, and now sanctioned by the EBU.
During play, a partnership may use a wide variety of signals by playing a card that shows a preference in some way. Many of these are commonly understood such as a high-low, indicating a doubleton, or MUD (middle up down) indicating a three card suit. During play discards (normally only the first discard) are used to show partner a suit preference on a subsequent lead.
Free Bridge Games
There are many free bridge games available but people need to be aware of the systems and conventions (or lack of them) in many of these programs.
One web site that purports to have a program that allows the selection of conventions is Acol Bridge but people should be aware that the variants of the conventions may not be the same as used by the partnership.