The course book Acol From Scratch hit No1 Best Seller in bridge books on Amazon last year. It's ideal for anyone learning Acol up to club standard. The new third edition incuded key points and flow charts to help you learn and costs £12 from Amazon or £10 direct from a class. The Kindle Text Book edition has just been published for costing £8.99. Follow this link.
New Students should buy the book direct from a class and save £2 + post and packaging.
Bridge is the best game ever invented, challenging every aspect of the human psyche: logic, judgement, imagination, intuition, short and long term memory and empathy and social skills.
It's the most popular card game in the world. There are 100+ bridge clubs in Surrey alone!
Bridge is a uniquely social game. When you play bridge you typically meet at least 16 opponents in one session. I can't think of any other game where this is normal and it a great way to make friends.
Bridge is a partnership game and it's quite normal to play with lots of different partners. It's a great way to get to know people better.
Bridge is exciting and fun. In my typical night's play there is usually friendly conversation, laughter, elation, and a little bit of fear to keeping me on my toes.
Bridge is a challenge! It has an amazing ability to surprise you and there is always something more you can learn.
There is no luck in duplicate bridge because you're compared to other pairs who have played the same cards.
Bridge can save your life! It's been shown that bridge players live longer than average and remain more active and mentally alert.
Anyone can play against world champion players. For instance Zia Mahmood the 2009 World Champion played in the year end congress in London last year in events that anyone could enter.
Age is no barrier to success at Bridge. Bob Hamman of the US won the world title in 2009 at the age of 71 and he continues to play in world class events. There are many other examples of older players at the very top level.
Bridge is a game of skill where practice matters. The more you put in the more you'll get out.
Bridge is fun to play even if you don't take it very seriously. There are many, many happy bridge players who play for a few hours a week.
Every hand is a new opportunity. Even when you're having a bad session you can still play well on the next hand.
Every fourth hand you are dummy giving you a break from the action.
Bridge can be very cheap. You can play on line for free with anyone around the world. In your local club it costs about £3 on a regular club night. Often this includes tea and biscuits!
Bridge is a great excuse to see Britain. There are bridge congresses scheduled most weekends throughout the year, all over the United Kingdom and they don't cost the earth.
Bridge is international; you can see the world and play bridge. There are bridge cruises and holidays in nearly every country.