NEWS & UPDATES
Links last updated July 2018
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.
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.
Computers That Gamble and Imagine – article by Alan Truscott, NY Times. Click here >
Simon Cochemé’s article “Bridge with a Twist” in the Feb ’14 edition of English Bridge Magazine talks about iBridgeBaron and iBridgePlus. Click here >
World Computer Bridge Championships
The annual World Computer Bridge Championships is now in its 22 year. You can find this year’s link below, and medalists are listed on our Play Bridge Software page (see menu at left).
22nd World Computer Bridge Championships, Sept 29 – Oct 4, 2018
Wbridge5 wins gold, Syrney Bridge takes Silver. The 22nd Annual World Computer Bridge Championships took place September 29th to October 4th, 2018. Last year’s Gold Medalist Wbridge5 played against last year’s Silver Medalist Syrney Bridge in the finals of the 2018 World Computer Bridge Championships. 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 –>
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.
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 May 2018.
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 (not currently available) 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.