Bridge is so good for you
What is bridge?
Bridge is recognised as a mind sport, and is partnership trick-taking card game of skill. It is played by four players who form two partnerships; the partners sit opposite each other at a table. There is an auction (often called bidding) and then the play, after which the hand is scored. The more tricks a partnership correctly predicts they will make the better their score - but if they do not make as many as they predict their opponents score points instead. In competitions the same hands are played at each table so you can compare your scores with the other partnerships and work out who did best with what they were dealt, thus almost eliminating the 'luck' aspect that exists in games such as poker.
This video or this video will give an overview of the basics of the game.
Playing bridge is one of the most enduring and popular pastimes in the world and for over 100 years, and it has fascinated people of all types and from all walks of life. It is one of the most popular leisure activities in Britain, with around 300,000 people playing on a regular basis.
- Bridge is the most exciting and challenging card game there is.
- Bridge offers something to learners of all ages and at all levels.
- You can play at your kitchen table or at your local club.
- You can travel the world for events or play on bridge cruises.
- Bridge is sociable and an excellent way to make new friends.
- Bridge is mentally stimulating and endlessly engaging.
- County Bridge Club Teaching is here to help you on your way to play.
Why bridge is good for you.
- Bridge is more than just a card game. It's a celebral sport. It is recognised as an olympic sport.
- Bridge teaches you reasoning, logic, quick thinking, patience, concentration and partnership skill
- Those that play more frequently score higher on cognitive test.
- Bridge games offer intellectual and social stimulation on a routine basis.
- An area in the brain used in playing bridge stimulates the immune system because players must use memory, visualization and sequencing.
- Any activity from which you derive pleasure prevents the onset of classic depression. Players are less likely to be depressed, hence, they sleep better, tend to exercise more and have a better life in general.
- Multiple changes in lifestyle (e.g. cognitive training and social activity, two of bridge's chief benefits) can improve memory and thinking in those at risk of cognitive decline.
- Playing bridge can help older people retain their mental sharpeness.
- The frequency of playing games is associated with greater brain volume in several regions that are affected by Alzheimer's disease.
- Playing bridge is a superb game for those with a competitive spirit, but equally enjoyable if you are not so inclined.