"Bridge is the king of all card games." - Bill Gates
"Bridge is one of the great pleasures of life." - Malcom Forbes
"Bridge is possibly the best game devised by mankind..." - Andrew Robson
"No matter where I go, I always make friends at the bridge table." - Martina Navratilova
Bridge is a skilled trick-taking type of card game for four or groups of four people, playing in pairs. In the first case, the game is usually played in a rubber format and the winner is the pair that accumulates the greatest number of points, awarded according to certain rules. In the second case, or duplicate bridge, the same distribution of cards is played at all the tables and the winning pair is decided by comparing the results from each table. In this case, bridge is not a game anymore; it is a fair competitve sport from which luck has been eliminated.
The game itself is considered to be "the most mind stimulating card game ever conceived." Studies show that people playing bridge enjoy a better mind health and that children learning or playing bridge do better in school. True, it takes some time to learn it and even longer time to master it. However, you do this only once and then you can enjoy it for your entire life.
The keys to a fast and easy learning are good, straight-forward, easy-to-learn lessons (like these ones,☺ see reviews at the bottom of the page) and practice. It is fun, not a chore! Try to find a friend or a relative who would also like to learn it and do it together. It is even more fun and you already have found your partner! At the end of the lessons, both of you would have learned the same system and you would already have the bidding and playing tuned properly.
The instructions are based on the "Standard American 5-card major" bidding system, one of the most popular systems in the world. Click HERE to see a sample lesson. It is my hope that by the end of these lessons you have grasped the beauty of the game and start playing it.
Good places to try are the Internet's Bridge Base Online, Swan Games, OKbridge and other bridge clubs. There, you will meet players of all levels, from novice to experts and from teenagers to grandparents.
You can also use computer bridge programs like Q-Plus or applications for mobiles like BriJ to complement and practice what you learned, tune-up your game by yourself or together with your partner, or get a good challange. They have features specifically dedicated to learning the game and they are extensively customizable. Both of them allow you to practice and play with your partner. Q-Plus does this by using your Local Area Network (LAN) to connect two computers, while BriJ allows you to connect two mobile devices using Bluetooth, without the need for a WiFi or LAN connection or for using your carrier's network.
I am looking forward to meeting you soon at the table!
Dan Berkley's Bridge Lessons - This is the best of all these....In some way it'd be better to buy a regular book, but this is the best bridge eBook I've seen......."Learning Bridge" website
Your lessons are a lot better and easier to follow than some books I bought before.......Margot Mazeau
I find the lessons excellent for my purpose. You have good organizational skills. The explanations are clear and placed where they should be. Thank you....... Parks Hendry
I bought this book for my wife, who had decided to take up Bridge after a 40 year lapse in playing. As it turned out, the Bridge class she began to attend after receiving the book uses this as the class text, so this was a happy coincidence. She likes the book a lot and is finding it very helpful. As a former English Teacher, she is a pretty tough critic, and she is the one who told me to give it 5 stars. I am not a Bridge player and have not read the book myself, but my wife is never wrong about anything ☺, so I conclude that this is a really good book....... Abe
Easy to understand and good.......C. P. Porto
containes 14 straigh-to-the-point and easy-to-follow lessons, examples, quizzes
Lessons are also offered online, "live", on one-to-one basis. E-mail Dan Berkley for details.
A lower cost but DRM-protected version for Kindle is also available at Amazon's Kindle Store.
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