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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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) ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...