Bridge Software News & Updates

Bridge software and apps to help you learn to play bridge or perfect your game.

In this section we list play bridge software, shareware, freeware, bridge card game software and apps with links and information. Use the navigation menu at left to find more great information!

Bridge Innovation

Bridge Standards Working Group – an independent, self-governed, non-profit standards group. Membership in the BSWG includes online bridge platform operators, technical experts from National Bridge Organizations (NBOs), experts in data formats, and developers from the community. The BSWG will work to provide strategic guidance on the evolution of bridge technology and provide insights on the needs of the bridge community. Read more on their website – bswg.org.

Alex J Coyne and Great Bridge Links present articles and interviews discussing the most current bridge innovations. Be sure to read our most recent articles here ->

NEW: Play Social Bridge Online with Trickster Bridge. Read all about it ->

Try Out Real Bridge – Link Here. Read about Real Bridge  Link Here.

Tricky Bridge – Tricky Bridge is a new bridge playing app by Forklift Studios with an upcoming release date scheduled for September, 2020 although it’s now in PlayTesting phase. Alex catches up with Scott Hoffer for the story about his company Forklift and their exciting new project. Read article here ->

Bridge Hackathon – The Bridge Hackathon was born when Huang couldn’t find an answer on his favorite bridge developer forum to the question, “Can this talented group work together in big teams on a small number of globally-impacting projects?” Read Alex’s interview here.

Bridge Bee – An interactive beehive of bridge hands. Read article here ->

Is it or is it not AI? Great Bridge Links caught up with Rodney A. Ludwig, creator of Meadowlark, to dig into how the software works and what is in store for Meadowlark in the future. Read article here ->

Online Bridge Clubs. What’s behind the curtain? Have you ever wondered about the software powering your favorite online bridge club? Who are the robots? Great Bridge Links did some digging to find out what popular bridge software are running the online bridge clubs today.  Read article here ->

Synrey Bridge and Micro Bridge met in the finals of the 2019 World Computer Bridge Championship but aren’t they the same robot? Alex interviews Erik Liu, creator of Synrey Bridge, a second time to find out. Read article here ->

How to play in the WBF Robot Bridge Tournaments – and what are they, anyhow? Read article here –>

Going Retro: Bridge for DOS Some historical DOS Bridge links in this article by Alex J. Coyne.
http://greatbridgelinks.com/going-retro-bridge-dos/

Computers That Gamble and Imagine – article by Alan Truscott, NY Times. Click here >

World Computer Bridge Championships

The annual  World Computer Bridge Championships is now in its 25th year. You can find the official link below, and medalists are listed on our Play Bridge Software page (see menu at left).

World Computer Bridge Championships Official website here >>

New Links

Links and news in this section are posted 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 August 2020.

Bridge Software developers Group and Mailing List –  https://groups.io/g/bridge-dev  A group for anyone interested in writing software for bridge, the card game. This could include software for playing, facilitating online play, scoring, analysis, training or education, player rating, storing results locally or in the cloud, or any of a multitude of things. There are no restrictions on membership, but the content will likely be of interest only to those who, at a minimum, are computer programmers who play bridge. bridge-dev@groups.io

aaBridge 4.0. A free play & study program. This edition of aaBridge includes active presentations of over   1,750 commented deals from the HondoBridge website and many other bridge tutorials by other authors. Install on a PC or Mac. [Software. Play. Learn. Free]

Computer Bridge by Björn Hjalmarsson. This is a cool new site that focusses on computerized bridge – the software, the robots, the online places to play. The GUI of the site is a bit spare so make sure to hover over the menu in order to find the good stuff.

Bid72. The brand new bridge app to practice your bidding and work on your partnership. Coming soon! Click here for more ->

Personal Bridge Scorer – Sky Bridge Club offers a web-based bridge scorer that makes scoring a bridge hand easy! Use Bridge Scorer Calculator to check your scores.

Bridge Doddle – This is a ‘flash card’ app that presents bridge problems and provides informative instructional answers. Available through iTunes and Google Play. You can choose from more than 250 different in-apps, each system, each skill – in seven different languages. It now includes the new sets for SAYC, Better Minor, ACOL (3 different styles), 2/1, Precision and  Forum D 2012 – the most current five-card-major-system of the German Bridge Association. New card sets are produced on a regular basis.

One Table Duplicate Bridge. One Table Duplicate Bridge (OTDB) is a free web app designed to enable 4 players (so, One Table) to play existing duplicate hands face to face, not online. Experienced duplicate players might think of OTDB as a free virtual dealing machine which deals hands previously played at tournaments. Players unfamiliar with duplicate bridge might think of OTDB as offering an opportunity to compare their bidding and play of a hand with that of others.

Bridge God – more than 300 interactive problems, dozens of articles a couple of interactive high level virtual tournaments and I keep adding stuff. All for free.