No Fear Bridge Videos

Ever wondered what No Fear Bridge is about and why you should join?  Take at look at these fun videos on Youtube. For anyone who wants to learn or improve their American standard bridge bidding and play. You can easily sign up for your two weeks’ free trial to learn American standard bridge by clicking this ...

Improve Your Game Play By Using Statistics

Every day thousands, if not millions of players around the world enjoy a game of bridge and.  They know and understand the basic rules of the game and they practice and play regularly. Many find that regardless of how long they have been playing, their play stops improving.  Their level of expertise has reached a ...

Boosting Your Memory

We all know that playing bridge regularly helps keep the brain active. Memory is an all important part of playing bridge. You need to remember which cards have been played. Forgetting who has played key cards can cause you to lose a game you might otherwise have won. Good memory is also helpful for remembering ...

Can Playing Bridge Help You Lose Weight?

A while ago I wrote about the health benefits of playing bridge. Could weight loss be one of them? Can playing bridge really help you lose weight? We all know that exercise, in conjunction with a healthy, calorie controlled diet can help you lose weight. There are many reasons why not everyone can take part ...

Is Playing Bridge A Criminal Activity?

You probably think I’ve gone daft in the head for even asking.  What can be more innocent than sitting round the table in your local bridge club playing a few friendly hands of bridge? This isn’t the view that police in Thailand took a few days ago.  In Thailand there is a law that states ...

The Rule of 7

The Rule of 7 is an interesting and little known rule. Why am I writing about a rule that no-one has heard of? Because someone requested that I write about it. I had to do some research because, I have to be honest, I’d never heard of it. It seems there may be a good ...

Bridge Conventions

One of the most commonly used bridge bidding conventions is Stayman. This is used in the initial round of bidding if partner has opened the bidding with 1NT.  You can read more about the Stayman bidding convention HERE. Bridge players love numbers!  There are several conventions whose names include numbers.  Here are some of them: The ...

The Difference Between Acol Bridge And American Standard Bridge

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably decided that you want to learn to play bridge.  It’s a fun, sociable game played by millions of people worldwide.  Confusingly, there is more than one system of bridge bidding and before you start learning it is helpful to decide which system you want to learn. There are two ...

The Rule of Seven

Bridge players seem to love rules with numbers.  The Rule of 7 is one of the least know rules, yet it is easy to learn and easy to apply.  You might wonder why I’m writing a whole post about a rule that almost no-one has heard of?  Someone asked me about the Rule, so I ...

Reasons a Playing Card Holder Is Ideal For Someone With A Disability

Every bridge player, or prospective player, knows how popular the game of bridge is.  It’s a great, fun way of having a full social life and helps keep your brain working at its best. Older folk will often decide to retire to a new area or to move into a retirement complex.  Sometimes this can ...

Bridge IS a Sport?

It’s only a couple of weeks since I wrote about bridge being recognised by the International Olympic Committee as a “mind sport”.  (See this post) Today comes news that a High Court judge has granted the EBU (English Bridge Union) leave to bring a case that will decide whether or not bridge can be recognised ...

Using Stayman After a 2NT Opening

One of the first topics that beginning players learn is the use of Stayman after a 1NT opening by partner to ask if partner holds a 4 card major. Don’t forget that you can also use Stayman after a 2NT opening.  A NT opening shows partner holds 20 -22 points (Acol bridge) or 21 – ...

Bridge – An Olympic Sport?

Have you ever wondered if bridge could become an Olympic sport?  Maybe you think I’m going a little made even to ask, but I’m not. Clearly bridge doesn’t take years of intensive physical training like most physical Olympic sports and most bridge players don’t have to spend hours in the gym or eat a special diet, ...

Bridge Cruises

Bridge holidays are popular and it seems that everyone wants to go on a cruise.  Why not combine the two?  Enjoy a  your favourite game whilst cruising in luxury and making new friends.  Sounds perfect. Most cruises offer bridge as one of the many activities available for guests.  Some offer a dedicated programme of bridge ...

Which Suit To Open

Which Suit To Open
If you hold two five card suits, or even two six card suits, which suit should you open with? The answer is that you should always open with the higher ranking suit (not the stronger hand).  The rank of the suit takes precedent over suit quality.  So, the example hand above should be opened with a ...

Bidding A New Suit “Above The Barrier”

Bidding A New Suit
If you have opened the bidding, you visualise an imaginary “barrier” above your opening suit, but at the next level. So if, for example, you have opened with a bid of 1 Heart, the barrier is above 2 Hearts (ie between a bid of 2H and a bid of 2 Spades) If you hold just ...

Learn Bridge In A Day

Is it possible to learn bridge in a day?  I’m sure you can’t become an expert player in a day, but it’s a great way of introducing the basics without the commitment of regular attendance at a course.  It’s also a good way for a lapsed player to get back to playing bridge and revisiting ...

What Do Playing Bridge And Attending A Computer Class Have In Common?

Are you married or living with a partner?  Can you guess what playing bridge and attending a computer class have in common? At first glance the answer has to be “not a lot”. Let me give you some clues.  I teach adults how to use a computer.  Although I no longer run group classes, a ...

How The Stayman Convention Got Its Name

How The Stayman Convention Got Its Name
The Stayman convention is one of the first conventions that all beginning bridge players learn, but have you ever wondered how it got its name?  (If you don’t know how and when to use the convention – click Stayman Convention.) It was named after an American bridge player – Sam Stayman.  You might think from ...

Duplicate Bridge Percentage Scoring 1

Duplicate Bridge Percentage Scoring
How to work out the percentage scores in duplicate bridge If you take part in duplicate bridge competitions, either at a club or online, you will find each hand you play is awarded a percentage score. This isn’t directly related to the number of points you scored, but tells you how well you did in ...

Play Bridge with Eddie Kantar

Play Bridge with Eddie Kantar
From the beginner to the expert. Play and discover how bridge becomes easy and fun with Eddie Kantar.

Finessing in Bridge

Finessing in Bridge
Introduction to simple finessing in bridge The most common form of finessing is leading a low card from one hand, hoping to win the trick with the high card in the other hand.  (You are playing declarer and dummy) Example: Imagine the cards in the suit you want to play are distributed like this:   ...

Bridge Courses For Beginners

If you are  just starting to learn to play bridge, you might want to find a local bridge course for beginners.  It’s a sociable and fun way to learn to play and your class will be full of beginners just like you so there will no need to feel embarrassed by your lack of bridge ...

How Do You Play Bridge?

How Do You Play Bridge? If you’re asking yourself that question you have certainly come to the right place!  At Blueberry Bridge we are dedicated to teaching you how to play this  popular and fun game. In this post we’ll give you a very brief overview that should start to answer the question “how do ...

Bridge Bidding Cheat Sheet 2

Bridge Bidding Cheat Sheet
A bridge bidding cheat sheet is a very handy thing to have if you are a beginning or improving bridge player.  It’s especially handy if you enjoy playing bridge online – either against robots or against real partners.  Print out the bridge bidding chart and keep it with you when you are playing, then you ...

Learn How To Play Bridge

Are you looking for a new hobby?  Maybe you want to make new friends and have more of a social life?  If you do, then why not learn how to play bridge? Once you learn how to play bridge you will find you can enjoy an active social life.  You can get together with friends ...

Stayman Convention

Stayman Convention
The Stayman convention is one of the first things you learn when you are starting to play bridge.  It is used after partner has made a bid of No Trumps. As a general rule it is usually better to play in a major suit contract (spades or hearts) than to play in No Trumps, but ...

Bridge Opening Bids 2

Bridge Opening Bids
There are two basic types of bridge opening bids.  No Trumps opening bids and suit opening bids. Deciding on your opening bid Once you have been dealt your cards, you should sort them into suits and sort the cards in order within those suits. Then  you add up the number of High Card Points (HCPs) ...

System of Bidding in Bridge

Blueberry bridge helps you to play either of the two main bridge bidding systems – Acol and Standard American. The Acol system of bidding in bridge is mainly used in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.  Much of the rest of the world plays one of the Standard American bridge bidding systems. Acol bridge is ...

The Rule Of 2, 3 and 4

The Rule of 2, 3 and 4 is one of the more advanced topics that you can learn and practice at www.nofearbridge.co.uk.  It is used when making a pre-emptive opening bid at the three level or higher. If you are still a beginner, make sure you understand vulnerability and the concept of playing duplicate bridge ...

Bridge Flash Cards

Bridge Flash Cards
Bridge flash cards are a fun and easy way to practice bridge bidding topics and help you to learn to play bridge online. Each card has just one question on front.  You can take as long as you need to work out  your answer.   Then you look on the back of the card to ...

New Site For 5 Card Majors/Strong No Trumps Players

Until now, No Fear Bridge has been aimed at players who play Acol bridge – the system used in the UK, New Zealand and a few other countries. Now there is a brand new No Fear Bridge site aimed at beginning and improving players who want to play 5 card major/strong No Trumps.  Just CLICK ...

Health Benefits Of Playing Bridge

A study by Berkeley University showed that there are significant health benefits from learning to play bridge. Back in 2000, Professor Marian Diamond showed that playing bridge boosts the immune system. Bridge requires concentration and while you are playing your brain is kept active and stimulated. It seems that this boosts your immune system. Professor ...

Rebidding After Making A Takeout Double

You are South and you hold this hand: South S K Q J 7 H A Q 6 5 D 8 C K 10 9 3 Your partner has bid 1S.  As this is a minimum bid (at the one level) your partner could have a weak hand. The bidding has gone as follows: East South West North ...

Which Suit To Respond

If partner has opened with a bid of 1 of a suit and you have fewer than 12 points it is usual to respond with a bid at the one level if you hold a four card major suit that you can bid, even if you hold a longer minor suit.  This is because you ...

The Rule of 15 2

The Rule of 15
We are West and we have this hand: Spades: J 2, Hearts: A Q 9 8, Diamonds: A 9 7 6 2,   Clubs: 6 2 The bidding has gone as follows: North  East   South  West Pass     Pass   Pass      ? We only have 11 points. Should we open the bidding? It seems ...

Opener’s Rebid After Left Hand Opponent Overcall 2

Opener's Rebid After Left Hand Opponent Overcall
After a player (“you”) has opened the bidding there is the possibility that the player on your left, who is part of the opposing partnership, might overcall.  When this happens it can sometimes mean that your partner has to bid at a higher level when making a change of suit response than they otherwise would have. ...

The Rule of 14 2

The Rule of 14
The Rule Of 14 is a bridge bidding convention used in Acol bridge. It is used by the responder when they are replying to their partner’s opening bid. When the opener has opened with a bid of one of a suit and the responder has a weakish hand with a suit that can be also ...

Fourth Suit Forcing

Fourth Suit Forcing
What is Fourth Suit Forcing? Fourth suit forcing is a bridge convention. It is used to help you find the right contract, including finding 5-3 major suit fits and finding a stopper for No Trumps.  It is used when you are responder and have 11+ points and: Three suits have already been bid (hence the ...

The Rule of 20 1

The Rule of 20 is one of the techniques you will learn when learning how to bid in bridge.  It is used in just one situation – when deciding if your hand is suitable for opening the bidding.  As a general rule, a hand should contain 12 or more high card points (HCP) if you ...

Slam Bidding Simplified 1

Slam Bidding Simplified
What is a Slam? There are two types of slam – a small slam and a grand slam. A small slam means you bid for and win 12 out of the 13 available tricks. A grand slam means you bid for and win all 13 tricks. Why Bid For a Slam? If you are learning ...

The Losing Trick Count

The Losing Trick Count
What is the Losing Trick Count? It is a more accurate way of valuing an unbalanced hand when you know you have an eight card fit. Without using this method you will probably have used shortage points when valuing a hand with a known eight card fit. To do this you count five for a ...

Bridge Holidays 2012 – For Beginners and Improvers

Last year, I added a selection of bridge holidays for beginners.  It proved to be a popular post, so here is an updated list of bridge holidays for beginner’s and improvers. HF Holidays are offering two breaks for beginners.  One in February 2012 and one in October 2012.  Both are for four nights. Urchfont Manor ...

The Rule of 11

At first glance, this rule sounds rather complicated!  Don’t worry, if you are the defending partnership it’s just a useful little technique to help you decide which card to play in the opening round of a game. There are several “rules” that the opener can use to help decide which card to play when opening ...

Duplicate Bridge Scoring 2

Learning how to score at bridge makes it easier to understand the bridge bidding system.  Once you know how to score you will understand why it is better to play in hearts/spades/NT than diamonds or clubs and why players will continue bidding to the 4, 5, 6 or even 7 level instead of stopping at ...

Bridge Hands To Play

Bridge Hands To Play
If you are learning to play bridge it is helpful to find some bridge hands to play online. At No Fear Bridge you will find hundreds of bridge hands to play, covering a wide range of topics. Some hands allow you to play the whole hand and then show you what you have scored.  You ...

The Opening Lead – Video

I recently downloaded some software that allows me to make videos of my computer screen. I’ve used it to make a short video to show you one of the quizzes on making the opening lead at bridge. This is the Beginner’s leads training quiz.  Each time you take the quiz you are given a set ...

The Opening Lead

The Opening Lead
Last night I was having a tutorial on how to decide on the opening lead.  (Isn’t Skype wonderful!  You can talk to each other via Skype whilst screen sharing so I could see my friend’s screen as she was teaching me.) In case you hadn’t realised, my friend Leigh Harding runs No Fear Bridge and ...

Bridge Bidding Boxes

Bridge Bidding Boxes
Most bridge players use bidding boxes.  They can be used at a bridge club or competition, or used if you are playing a friendly game of bridge in your own home. Why Are They Used? Bidding boxes are used to avoid confusion when a bid is made. There is no need for the player to ...

Overcalling With A Suit Bid

If the opposing pair have opened the bidding you have to decide whether to pass and let them continue to make the contract or whether to overcall. Why would you want to overcall? You might have a good hand and want to make the contract for yourself and partner You might want to interfere with ...