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!
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Computer Vision is designed to detect cards (with timing and orientation) in real time. It automatically detects and records timing (i.e. hesitations, slow play) as well as the bidding and play, providing accurate records for all hands at all tables. It also detects behavioural indicators (e.g. card orientation) – in other words, potential cheating mechanisms. AI and Computer Vision researchers at Monash University in Australia have developed an initial proof of concept and even with a standard laptop, vision can be processed and annotated in realtime. Running trials during the 2023 World Championships, researchers are hoping to attract funding support to develop the software further. Link to see the trial in action video here
Robot Bridge World Championship 2023 – The official World Computer Bridge Championship 2023 was cancelled. The event will not be rescheduled.
The Nukki Challenge. Paris 2022. Can an advanced AI beat the world’s best bridge players? On Thursday 24th and Friday 25th, 2022, there was a historic match live on Youtube, between 8 bridge virtuosos (Brad Moss, Thomas Bessis, Sabine Auken, Bénédicte Cronier, Mikael Rimstedt, Roy Welland, Anna Gulevich, Nevena Senior) and an AI. Read about the event and the AI on their ebsite here. The entire contest was run through Youtube – you can follow it here.
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.
Play Social Bridge Online with Trickster Bridge. Read all about it ->
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 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.
Computers That Gamble and Imagine – article by Alan Truscott, NY Times. Click here >
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 June 2021.
Bridge Webs Technology for Bridge Clubs page – https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwoo/bw.cgi?club=bw&pid=display_page30
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ->
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.