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Bridge software and apps help you learn to play bridge or perfect your game. This page lists links for non-commercial contract bridge software, freeware and shareware.
Play bridge software, shareware, freeware, bridge card game software and apps. Links and information.
We list bridge software links and news in order of receipt. We like to leave the links in place for years as a kind of archive for digital archeologists and historians. Every now and then we’ll sweep, deleting links that no longer work. Last link check December 2017.
Going Retro: Bridge for DOS
Some historical DOS Bridge links in this article by Alex J. Coyne.
Computer World Championships – in its 21st year!
21st World Computer-Bridge Championship, August 19-24, 2017
Last year’s World Championships took place in Poland. It was sponsored by Ourgame, a leading online card and board game developer and operator in China. Wbridge5 defeated Micro Bridge in final KO 162-156. Computer World Championships Official Website
At the NABCs in Chicago 2015, the computer program Jack won its 10th World Championship, winning over Wbridge5 in the final. Eight programs entered the event, with Wbridge5, Jack, MicroBridge and Q-Plus Bridge placing top in the round robin and moving into the semi-finals. Click here to view Jack website.
Computers That Gamble and Imagine – article by Alan Truscott, NY Times. Click here >
Bridge Software Discussion & Reviews
For some reason finding bridge software on the internet is not easy – very few sites sell bridge software and those that do only seem to sell one or two of the top programs.
Software Reviews – The English Bridge Union (EBU) is a downloadable pdf by member Geoff Davies runs through some of the more popular bridge programs and how they stack up.
This page hosted by the Onslow Bridge Club includes info on various programs.
Bridge Playing & Simulation Software Review is hosted on MIT’s official website (May 23 , 2013) and the document lists reviews of the most popular bridge software and simulators.
Ubuntu Forums has a thread from 2007 discussing decent contract bridge games to be found on Linux.
The Best Simulation Software for bridge is discussed at length in this thread, originally started on Bridgewinners.com by Jeannie Fitzgerald in 2015.
Bridge App Reviews from the English Bridge Union discusses some portable bridge software options for android and Apple devices.
Bridge Software Reviews – if you’d like to send us a review of bridge software please use the form in the footer of every page.
Bridge Software, Shareware, News
BridgeMate: Wireless Scoring Solutions for Bridge. Bridgemate scoring system. (www.bridgemate.com)
Deep Finesse: One of the greatest tools ever invented to analyze bridge hands is a software program known as Deep Finesse. Once a deal is entered into the program, you can find out what declarer lines work and what the best defense is. All the deals in each set of hand records have gone through Deep Finesse. The program is very practical – it analyzes according to the cards as they are dealt, not according to what might have been. The contracts listed on the hand records are those that can be made with correct play against correct defense as the cards lie. Want to see how it works?
5/24/2014 – Deep Finesse 2014 v2 is now available. This version is 100% free with no unlock-codes or serial numbers. Deep Finesse now reports plays that make over and under tricks and shows which cards have irrelevant ranks. Download Now.
The ACBL’s Bridge Bulletin dubs Deep Finesse “Double-Dummy Dynamite.” See the full review by clicking here.
Previous and new users can upgrade to Deep Finesse 2014 v2 for free. Just download and install by clicking above and new features will be enabled automatically.
Bridge Solver can either be downloaded to your PC, or accessed in your browser as a web-based application called Bridge Solver Online.
Bridge Calculators by Richard Pavlicek is a super-handy little list of different bridge calculators available online for bridge players.
Bridge Calculator Free 1.9.2. If you prefer something downloadable, here’s a tiny bridge calculator available for Windows download.
Bridge Score Calculator is available for $0, 99 from the Google Play Store.
Bridge Calculator Free is rated 4.1 on the Google Play Store and ideal for making bridge score calculations on the move.
BRIDGEPRO for Mac OSX 10.5+: After ten years, BridgePro™ has developed a major upgrade for its Macintosh OS X users. We invite you to try version 3.1.2. The ACBL Bridge Bulletin’s editor, Paul Linxwiler said of our interface that it is: “a clean, simple graphical presentation.” That has been further improved. More features and menu items have been added to make an exceptional user-friendly environment. Card play and bidding algorithms have been tweaked. Any questions write: email@example.com (Aug 2011)www.bridgepro.com
BridgePro for Windows is currently at version 4.0.2 – with more updates scheduled for the future. You can download a free demo of the software if you’d like to check it out for yourself before purchasing the software.
ACBLScore is the official scoring software of the American Contract Bridge League, available for download at their website. You can read the software’s FAQ here, which comes with more information on how to get it running (especially if you’re running Windows 10!)
Bridge Mats will produce duplicate bridge guide cards (table mats) from an ACBLscore movement file. The output is a PostScript file that may be viewed, printed, or converted to PDF with GhostScript. Last updated in December 2013.
RoboBridge is computer bridge software that simulates three human bridge players. It allows you to play some boards whenever you have time. The robots provide a very high level of play, so you will be trained to always play your best game of bridge. Newly, the game is also available in Dutch. You can follow RoboBridge news through their Twitter Feed or Facebook page.
Blue Chip MiniBridge is a freeware Minibridge game for Windows – with a short course included in the software to show you the ropes if you’re new to playing.
Micro MiniBridge was created by 3Web and is available in several languages for international players (and those curious about what a “rubber” is referred to in Japanese…
Compensation Table is a method to play duplicate bridge with only 4-players. It takes deal attributes such as high-card points, vulnerability, suit, fits into account and returns an expected result for the deal. The Table is generated with computer and is based on tens of thousands of deals from world-class events.
Jack Bridge v6 has been a multiple-time Computer Bridge world champion, and we’ll take it to mean that it contains some of the best AI around.
Learn to Play Bridge Software is free and created by Fred Gitelman from Bridge Base Inc. Click here to read more about it on the American Contract Bridge League’s website. The software is available in two sets, one for beginners and the second for more advanced players.
GoTo Bridge is at version 18; A contract bridge simulator for Windows, PC, Mac and iPad.
BJ Bridge is a contract bridge game for mobile devices, set up so that you can partner up with other players for a game or two via Bluetooth connection.
Bridge Baron is a hugely successful bridge playing software – and another Computer Bridge world champion, available for both Windows and Mac. You can also download mobile versions for your Apple or Android device.
Ginsberg Intelligent Bridgeplayer (GIB) has been called a “sensational breakthrough in bridge software” by the editor of bridge magazine IMP, and even The Bridge World called it the best bridge program they have ever seen. Also sometimes referred to in forums as GIB.
Bridge Pro v3.1 After almost ten years, BridgePro has developed its second major upgrade. If you own version 1, 2 ,3.0 or simply had tried the demo version, we invite you to try version 3.1. The ACBL Bridge Bulletin’s editor, Paul Linxwiler said: “If you enjoy playing solo bridge with computer opponents and partners, BridgePro makes a nice, inexpensive choice.” Version 3.1 is now Windows 7 compatible. Major changes in the graphic routines will allow play on any screen resolution. Many user-friendly menu choices have been added and card play and bidding algorithms have been tweaked. Any questions write: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bridgepro.com
BridgeComposer allows entry and display of bridge hands in PBN file format; formats lesson handouts for bridge teachers. It also has a full-screen mode, formats web pages and emails, saves records of hands, deals random hands, has a double-dummy solver AND interfaces with ACBLScore, Bridgemate, BridgePad; and more. Reasonably priced, free 30-day trial. While there’s no version for Max or Linux, they offer a tutorial for users who’d like to get it working on either.
GnuBridge is a bridge game designed for Linux, described as “open source” – which means that programmers are welcome to add their two cents to the software, and it’s completely free to modify and play.
XContractbridge is a Contract Bridge simulator for Windows and Linux. It was sent to us by Chris Burkinshaw of Bitbase Software. Thanks! You can download a free trial for Windows or Windows Mobile.
Jeanie: Free Movement Software According to its description: “Jeanie is a unique computer program for bridge organizers, directors and scorers. Jeanie is the next generation of tournament director tools, augmenting and even replacing existing movement reference books.” You can read more about it here at its creator ASE Computing.
Bidding Quest is a great bridge-bidding software available for Windows, Mac and Linux bridge practice software in three platforms: Windows, Mac & Linux.
Bridge Squeezes Complete This interactive software adaptation of Clyde E Love’s classic text allows you to play all 129 exercises and 59 problems before proceeding with Love’s analysis. The average player will find a wealth of information on planning and executing end plays, while even the expert can use it for polishing his technique. Free evaluation download offers the first 14 exercises. You can also find the original book on Amazon here.
Quick Bridge was developed and sent to us by Wesley Steiner. Playable in your browser, it’s perfect for a quick, no-frills bridge game for honing your skills at the table.
BridgeThink is described as “a oontract bridge tutorial and training program”. According to the official website, it has more than 600 deals – and cool bridge quizzes. Free to download, and excellent reviews.
Bridge Deals Generator was developed by AB Software and sent directly to us by its creator Andrew Bertallot. This one I notable because it’s visual – and, well, software still has to be pretty to look at while being useful. Andrew also has several online bridge calculators available on his website. Thanks, good sir!
playBridge Hand Generator has several generators available for use, all to be found right there in your browser. Last updated 2017.
EBU Bridge Scoring Software was originally sent to us from Jeff Smith, though now it’s been taken over by the English Bridge Union in the form of EBUScore. You can download the latest version of it here. Please note that files created with the original software (Jeff Smith’s) are no longer compatible with EBUScore.
iBridgePlus is a rubber bridge game for iPads and iPhones.