Learn to play Bridge


Types of Game

Mini Bridge Rubber Chicago Duplicate


An ideal place to start to learn the game, the main objective is to win tricks

Developed with young people in mind for counting, calculating, concentration, data handling, strategic planning plus social, linguistic and emotional development.

It is the same as contract bridge for the play but does not require bidding.

The game is played by four players, two against two with partners sitting on opposite sides of thee table.

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Rubber Bridge

The game is played by four players, and is entirely dependant on the cards you are dealt to provide the points.

Once you have learnt how to bid this form of the game will provide a social forum for you to practice.

Rubber can be played anywhere once you have four players but is mostly played at home with 2 packs of cards. The initial deal is determined by cutting for the highest card.

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There are several versions of this game known as Four-Deal Bridge. The scoring is where the variations occur.

It only needs four players but after four hands the scores are totalled.

It allows you to change partners after each set and make it indiviual rather than pairs only.

This greater predictability has made it popular in where time is limited.

I find duplicate scoring the best for this game.

Duplicate Bridge

This form of the game introduces a competitive element and is played in a good many Bridge clubs. The scores provide a comparison of your score against other pairs playing the same cards.

A competition will involve anything from 4 pairs to hundreds of pairs.

The deals are made at the beginning of a competition and passed from table to table.

Each hand is scored on a travelling score sheet and after the competiton is completed a releative scoring is applied.

Players keep their own score sheet as a check and later discussion.

'Movements' have been devised to make sure you play as many boards as is feasible. This includes 'Individual' games.

Scoring can be for an overall winning pair or to give a North/South and an East/West winer

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Playing duplicate boards teams of four players, two pairs can compete against another four players.









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