Why Play Bridge?

Bridge is a game for people who are seeking intelligent diversions in a social setting. It is both fast-paced and mentally challenging. While each hand takes only 5 or 10 minutes to play, each hand presents a new mystery to be solved.

What is Bridge?

The card game we now know by the name "bridge" dates only to the 1920s, yet games called "bridge" in which trump suits were named and outcomes determined by the number of tricks taken were around by 1860. As bridge historian Jack Olsen explains it, "Whist led to bridge-whist, which led to auction bridge, which led to contract bridge, which led to murder, divorce, suicide, mayhem, and other social evils."

Contract bridge, usually known simply as bridge, is a trick-taking card game of skill and chance (the relative proportions depend on the variant played). It is played by four players who form two partnerships (sides); the partners sit opposite each other at a table. The game consists of the auction (often called bidding) and play, after which the hand is scored.

The bidding ends with a contract, which is a declaration by one partnership that their side shall take at least a stated number of tricks, with specified suit as trump or without trumps. The rules of play are similar to other trick-taking games, with addition of the feature that one player's hand is displayed face up on the table as the "dummy".

Much of bridge's popularity owes to the possibility that it can be played in tournaments of theoretically unlimited number of players; this form is referred to as duplicate bridge. Competitions in duplicate bridge range from everyday ones in numerous small clubs to World Championships and Olympiads.

What is Duplicate Bridge?

Duplicate bridge is a variation of bridge which eliminates much of the luck from the game. Each hand is played at many different tables. Afterwards, the results at each table are compared, and your score depends upon how well you did relative to others who held exactly the same cards as you. The challenge in duplicate bridge is to find a better line of play than anyone else who held your cards.

And finally . . . a quotation to give you inspiration:

" Of all competitive activities, bridge is unique because it offers you the opportunity to improve by competing against better players. The amateur golfer can't play a foursome with Nicklaus; the average tennis player could never hope for a match against Navratilova. But even novice bridge players can sit down at a tournament and play against experts and world champions. "

-- Mike Lawrence, bridge writer & world champion

Learn to Play Bridge in Kamloops

Beginner lessons are offered periodically here in Kamloops. If you would like more information about upcoming lessons, Email Us Here

Learn to Play Bridge Online

There are a large number of web sites offering bridge lessons, many of them free. There is a compilation of these sites on Great Bridge Links:Learn & Teach . This same site also has a compilation of sites where bridge can be played online Great Bridge Links:Online Clubs