Happy Hallowe’en

Let’s Play Spooky!

The days are shorter, the nights darker. What better time to tuck in and play cards? Or tell spooky stories around the pumpkin candle. Or plan a card party!

Spooky Card Games

SPOOKY AND CREEPY CARD GAMES for your Halloween Extravaganza

For Halloween, we will tap into this force and transform it into the ability to foretell the future and communicate with spirits.  Or, at least that’s what you can tell your party guests.

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Murder as a party game - all you need is cards!


It is highly recommended that this game occurs in a room with no breakable objects and lots of room to roam around. All you need is a deck of cards!

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GOOD FOODS for a card party


Get salty, get dainty, get cubed! (But don’t get the chocolate fountain … )

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15th WORLD BRIDGE SERIES 21 SEPTEMBER – 6 OCTOBER 2018. The tournament is over but Great Bridge Links  ‘jump’ page will be open permanently. A place to bookmark and use to jump wherever you want to go when following the 2018 World Bridge Series – results, news, blogs and vugraphs. Click here to enjoy!

World Computer Bridge ChampionshipsWbridge5 wins gold, Syrney Bridge takes Silver in the 2018 Word Computer Bridge Championships. Last year’s Gold Medalist Wbridge5 played against last year’s Silver Medalist Syrney Bridge in the finals. Syrney led at the half, but Wbridge5 had a huge 3rd quarter and a strong finish by Synrey fell short as Wbridge5 took home the gold, 150.9 – 132. Syrney Bridge, a newcomer in 2017 who finished with a silver medal, topped round robin play against 8 other bots. Close behind was Wbridge5, gold medalist in 2017, 2016 and beyond. The other two semi-finalists were MicroBridge (2017 Bronze, 2016 Silver) and Shark Bridge (2016 Bronze). Close 64-board semifinal matches saw Wbridge 5 defeating Q-Plus Bridge by the margin of the carryover, 159-155 and Synrey Bridge defeating Micro Bridge 87-80. Read more here –>

The Language of Bridge - Kit WoolseyBook of the Year. This year the International Bridge Press Association panel unanimously agreed (which rarely happens) that the Book of the Year is Kit Woolsey’s The Language of Bridge.

IBPA Publishes Shortlist for annual awards. The International Bridge Press Association, the international organization of bridge journalists, recently published notice of their annual awards shortlist at the same time announcing the 2018 awards will not be presented at the World Series but rather at the Hainan Bridge Festival (HBF) in China in October. Click here for shortlist –>

LoveBridge Tablet Bridge PlayLoveBridge tries to change the world. A tablet system for bridge tournament play was introduced in a test tournament game at the 2018 World Bridge Series by a team from Budapest, Hungary. In this system everyone in the room plays the same hands at the same time with scores appearing immediately after play. All play happens on a tablet. Find out more –>

The Setting Trick - Podcasts with John McAllisterNew Podcasts from John McAllister Conversations with world class players. Hi, my name is John McAllister. I have spent the past six years playing bridge all around the world. My goal is to win a world championship. Doing so requires getting into the minds of the world’s best players. I can not think of a better, more fun way to do so, than to interview great bridge players and share their insights in podcast format. Read more here –>

Now you or your friends can LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE on FunBridge. New introductory module to bridge now makes it possible to learn bridge through the Funbridge app! Thanks to lessons and exercises developed by experts, learning the basics of bridge has never been so easy. And it’s FREE! Read more here –>

The Bridge Cartoon Store!

Table Talk The Bridge Cartoon StoreGoodwin Launches a Cartoon Store. Jude Goodwin, the popular cartoonist who brought us all Table Talk in the 1980s, is known for her light hearted cartooning style and real world bridge humour. From the early days with the Finesse Expert, to more modern single cell cartoons, Goodwin’s characters are enduring and timeless. Recently Goodwin has uploaded hundreds of these cartoons to her new Cartoon Store. “I thought I should put them up there for the world because I’m 65 and even cartoonists don’t live forever.” It has indeed been a long time since Goodwin brought us her autobiographical experiences as Sue, the newbie at the bridge club, but for many bridge players, it seems like yesterday. You can find her bridge cartoons at the Bridge Cartoon Store click here –>


Bridge Books 2018 - Great Bridge Links2018 New Bridge Books

There are two things there will always be room for in a card player’s inventory: a new deck of cards, and just one more book about playing cards!

Here are some recommendations for newly published and upcoming bridge books for 2018 – time to get cozy! Read more here –>



   Master of Bridge Psychology

Hand of the Week by Joel MartineauThe Blue Team in the History of Bridge by Alberto PerrouxItem Image Demystifying Defense by Patrick O'ConnorEric Rodwell's Bidding Topics - Book 1

Close Encounters - Mark Horton Eric Kokish

Just Play Bridge – Solitaire Bridge Games

Play Robot Bridge on FunbridgeWBF Robot Bridge Tournaments announces a new format.

Starting in a couple of months, the popular WBF Robot Tournaments will be changing their format with more rankings and prizes. All time overall rankings. Yearly rankings. Monthly rankings. And for the top five players there will be exciting prizes awarded by the WBF in the form of invites to the World Bridge Games 2010. This new format will be announced on the WBF website. If you’re not already playintg in these tournaments, come and join us!

Robot Bridge Tournaments of many kinds, including the WBF, are offered by Funbridge – Robot Bridge Tournaments. In a robot bridge tournament you are the only human at the table and you’re never dummy! It’s solitaire bridge at its finest. Every bid is explained. The hands rotate so you always get to declare. If you have to leave the game, don’t worry! Things will be put on hold until your return. If you have to leave your computer, no problem! You can continue to play on your ipad, or your phone as you transit to work. Read more here –>

Funbridge is available in Danish, German, French, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Norwegian, Swedish, Chinese, Turkish and Portuguese

Just Play Bridge – Test your skill with this Solitaire Bridge Game on acbl.org.

Ever want to just go online and play a few hands and not worry about signing in or setting up at a table? On the ACBL website and courtesy of Bridge Base Online you can Just Play Bridge. The robots play a basic 2/1 system with 5 card majors and strong notrumps. They can occasionally be quirky. Hover over a bid for an explanation. This will help avoid misunderstandings. This is non-masterpoint play. You can play with or without registering. And there running top score totals if you want to get competitive. Read more here –>

How To Play Bridge

Owls Playing Bridge - Great Bridge LinksLearn to play bridge with videos, lessons, apps and teachers. Visit our GBL Classroom to find everything you need!

Bridge can be played by anyone, young and old. It’s not only great for your brain but your social life as well! Bridge players can find friends in any city in the world.


What is the game of bridge?

Keep Calm and Play Bridgefrom the World Bridge Federation:

Bridge is the ultimate trick-taking card game, easily the greatest source of enjoyment that four people can have with a pack of cards.

Bridge is a sport: the World Bridge Federation is recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Just like every sport, Bridge offers enormous benefits to its players.

It is enjoyed by tens of millions of people throughout the world – more so than any other card game. In social circles it is considered the card game. Whether you play casually among friends or seriously in clubs and tournaments, you will find it to be fascinating, challenging and enjoyable.

from the European Bridge League:

The game of bridge is a mindsport card game to be enjoyed by players of all ages. Four players form two partnerships, taking the points of the compass. North plays with South and East with West. Each player receives thirteen cards (your hand) which should be sorted into suits: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.

The game is divided into two phases, bidding and play.

Should you be a bridge player - Great Bridge LinksShould you be a bridge player? Take this quiz

Millions worldwide have found bridge to be an enriching, even obsessive pastime. Do you have what it takes to join them? Take this quick quiz to determine your potential for learning and enjoying the world’s most popular card game.

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