How To Play Bridge Card Game – A Guide For Complete Beginners 1

How to play bridge card game Bridge is a game for 4 players.  It is played using a standard pack of playing cards. The players play as two pairs or partners – generally referred to as North & South and East & West.  Partners sit opposite each other. At the start of a game all ...

Perfect Present – Gift Voucher – Learn How To Play Bridge

If you have a friend or relative that wants to learn to play bridge – or wants to improve their bridge play – then this gift voucher is the ideal gift. The voucher entitles the recipient to one year’s subscription to No Fear Bridge. It doesn’t matter whether the recipient is a complete beginner, or ...

Bridge Lessons Online

Bridge is a very popular game. If you are a bridge player you are guaranteed a full and active social life. I remember when I moved into my second flat. One of my neighbours stopped me in the hall way and asked if I played bridge. Back then I didn’t, but I know now that ...

Acol Bridge – The Opening Lead After a No Trumps Bid

Acol Bridge - The Opening Lead After a No Trumps Bid
Choosing which card to play when you are making the opening lead is one of the fundamental skills that all bridge players need to learn. In this article we are going to look at which card to lead if the bidding has ended in a No Trumps contract. The bidding gives you some clues to ...

New Defence Hands At No Fear Bridge

In recent weeks a lot has been happening over at No Fear Bridge. Defence is one of the most important skills to learn.  As a defender you want to try to prevent the declarer from making their contract.  Learning the best strategies and how to give signals to your partner is crucial if you want ...

Novice players weekend in Winchester. May 13 – 15th 2011 2

Join Harold Schogger at the Pederson Hotel in the heart of the historic town of Winchester for a weekend of bridge aimed at novice players. The weekend starts on Friday at 6pm with a sherry reception, followed by dinner and a supervised bridge play session. Saturday’s tuition starts at 11am with a Q&A session.  After ...

Bridge Holidays for Beginners – 2011 1

I’ve spent a happy hour trawling the internet and produced a list of residential bridge courses for beginners. HF Holidays have four 3 – 5 night holidays in their 2011 programme, in Bourton-on-the-Water, Malhamdale, Freshwater Bay and Abingworth. Urchfont Manor Have are running a course from Jan 21 – 23.  This course is for people ...

Responding to a bid of 1NT

If your partner has opened with a bid of 1NT you know they hold 12-14 points (in acol bridge) or 15 – 17 points (in American Standard bridge) and have a balanced hand. How you respond, depends on the number of points in your own hand and the type of hand you hold. There are ...

Opening the Bidding with 1NT

One of the first thing a beginning bridge player learns is an opening bid of 1 NT. Remember the opening bid is made by the first person to have 12 or more points in their hand. When to open the bidding with 1NT You should make an opening bid of 1NT when you a) have ...

Valuing your Hand

Valuing your Hand
Before you start bidding in a game of bridge you have to start by  working out the points value of your hand.  You do this by adding up the High Card Points (HCP) value of your hand.  It’s easy to do, you count: 4 points for each ace you hold,  3 points for each king, 2 ...

Balanced Hand in Bridge 4

Balanced Hand in Bridge
This is an important definition.  If you are opening the bidding, knowing whether your hand is balanced or unbalanced can be key to deciding your opening bid. What is a Balanced Hand in bridge? There are four suits in a pack of cards – spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. A balanced hand WILL contain cards ...

Before you Start. Who’s Who

Who’s who in a game of bridge?  Like all hobbies and sports, there is a lot of jargon that players need to learn.  Here is some of the basic jargon explained. A game of bridge requires four people.  The game is played in pairs.  North partners South and East partners West.  Which pair is playing ...