Release 2.19n


Tillie Nelson

Ed Lough

Miles (Mike) Brasch





LIFE MASTER MILESTONES:  Marty Hirschman (Platinum - 20,000); Sandy Birnholtz (Gold - 2,500), Marilyn Nathanson (Gold - 2500);  Dennis Potocsky (Ruby - 1,500);  Jane Gardner (Silver - 1,000); Bronze:  Judy Mintz, Sue Smith, Doug Sweeder

NEW LIFE MASTERS: Mary Jo Campbell, Alan Hassoun, Pam Radike, Bridget Schipper.

What is Bridge?

Want to learn how to play bridge?

A class is being planned.  If you are interested, please call us at 248-356-6254.

For those who know the basics of bridge, come to one of our free lectures every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 am. 

We have Newcomer games that follow each lecture!  Call us if you need us to find you a partner.

No formal classes are currently being offered.  Keep checking since a class is being planned.


If you are interested, please call us at 248-356-6254.



What is Bridge?

Duplicate bridge is a partnership card game played with a full 52 card deck.  Typically the game is played by four people.

Two people form a partnership to compete against the other two players and their partnership.

Bridge requires the two partnerships to communicate through a bidding auction against each other.

Each player is dealt a hand consisting of 13 cards.

Through what can be either a simple or very complex auction, one partnership wins the auction by bidding to take more tricks than their opponents.

The partnership making the highest bid becomes the declaring partnership and the opponenets are on defense.

Ultimately, a partnership's success is determined by their ability to make the contracts they bid and defeat their opponents when they make the highest bid.

Partnerships earn a score for their performance on each hand played.  This score is then compared to how other partnerships do holding the exact same cards! 

As a result, bridge is considered to be a game of skill rather than luck.  Everyone is competing on the same playing field because you are competing against those players who hold the exact same cards as you and your partner!

What Makes Bridge Unique?

The partnership that bids the "highest" gets to play (declare) the contract (hand).

After the defense makes their opening lead, one hand (called "the dummy") will come down on the table for the defense to view.

Now the declarer will play his/her hand (which is concealed) while directing their partner to play cards from the dummy hand (that is on the table).

The defense will plan their strategy from the cards they see in their own hand plus those that they can view in the dummy.

As South, how do you make the Grand Slam Contract of 7C (You need all 13 tricks!) on the lead of the 3 of clubs (by West)?
After a trump lead, draw the last trump.  Play the Ace of Hearts and trump a heart.  Play the Ace of diamonds and discard a spade from your (South) hand.  Now come to your hand and trump your last losing heart.  Now your hand is good!