We take a look at the weekly leads quiz on No Fear Bridge.
Acol Bridge – For players in the UK, Ireland and NZ.
America Bridge – For players in most of the rest of the world.
(Please note, I am not an employee of No Fear Bridge.… Read the rest
Responding to an opening bid of 1NT in Acol bridge. What does responder’s bid tell us? This is a millionaire quiz. Can you score 1 million points? Keep trying – after a few goes you’ll get to the top of the ladder.… Read the rest
Let’s take a look at a few of the many activities and topics available on the No Fear Bridge website.
Acol Bridge – For players in the UK, Ireland and NZ.
America Bridge – For players in most of the rest of the world.… Read the rest
Do you want to learn to play bridge? Are you a complete beginner and don’t know where to start? I am an affiliate for No Fear Bridge where there is a learning path for complete beginners. In this video I show you how a complete beginner can start learning to play bridge.… Read the rest
FOR ACOL BRIDGE PLAYERS
As a general rule – you will make an opening bid of 1NT if you hold a balanced hand (no void or singleton, only one doubleton) and have 12 – 14 high card points.
The Exception – A 5 Card Major Suit
Every good rule has an exception. … Read the rest
It’s tempting for declarer to draw all the trumps when on lead, but is this always the best approach?
Imagine this is declarer’s combined holding (with dummy) in trumps:
Once declarer gets on lead, s/he will usually play A & K hoping that trumps have broken 2-2 and that two rounds will draw all the outstanding trumps.… Read the rest
The art of making an extra trick by taking advantage of the favourable position of a high card held by the opposition. This article will help you with understanding finesse in bridge.
What does that mean?
Finessing is done by declarer playing either from hand or from dummy (ie you need to be able to see two hands to finesse)
So, suppose that you are South and you can see these cards in a suit that you want to use for the finesse:
Is it possible to make a trick with the King?… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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. … Read the rest
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.
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. … Read the rest
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 as a sport. … Read the rest
Update 2 – Sept 2018
The author of this article in the UK newspaper The Guardian has a rather cynical view of why he thinks bridge (and egames) might be considered for inclusion in the Olympics. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), he believes, were persuaded to include bridge by Michael Bambang Hartono, a 78-year-old from the small town of Kudus, in Central Java, Indonesia. … Read the rest
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. … Read the rest
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 12 -15 points you should avoid bidding “above the barrier” as this shows a stronger hand and partner may be forced to bid at too high a level – leaving you with a contract that you don’t have enough points to make.… Read the rest
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 the basics of the game.… Read the rest
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. … Read the rest
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 comparison with the other people who played the same hand.… Read the rest
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)
Imagine the cards in the suit you want to play are distributed like this:
Can you make a trick with the king?… Read the rest
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 skills.… Read the rest
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 you play bridge?” … Read the rest
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 can quickly and easily look to see what your next bid should be.… Read the rest
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 only if you can find an 8 card fit between you.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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 before learning this rule.… Read the rest
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. … Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest