What is a Bridge Tally?

What is a Bridge Tally?

Tallys may be the answer to ‘how to run’ your holiday bridge games. Upon request, Gayle Harmon of Tally Ho has submitted this explanation for Great Bridge Links.

What Is A “Tally Ho Laminated Bridge Tally”?
by Gayle Harmon

Tallys are designed for Bridge Players who play progressive bridge with two or more tables.

At Tally Ho we have Bridge Tallies for individual play – up to 8 tables (32 players) and couples’ play – up to 6 tables (24 players).

Each Tally is specific to an individual or couple who is playing as Player or Couple #1, or #2, or #3 ö etc. The Tally clearly shows the Player (or couple) with whom they will be playing in each round and at what Table #. The rotations are shown in LARGE TYPE, which makes it very easy to read.

Our “Tally Ho Tallies” are laminated so they will last a very long time and are impervious to spills and greasy fingers.

Each Tally comes with a pad of 10 Tally Sheets – which are refillable. Each Tally Set comes with the appropriate number of Score Pads (1 for each table), with 20 sheets in each Pad ö which are refillable.

For more information, navigate to the “Tally Ho Website

Bridge Tally from Tally Ho

 

Contract Bridge Apps

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!

You can now play bridge, practice bridge and read bridge conventions while relaxing at the cabin thanks to these iTunes and Android Apps

Updated May 2018.

Robot Solitaire Bridge

Play Against the Bots

A popular bridge app is now one that allows players to play against robots. The beauty of this is you can pull out your phone anytime anywhere and play a few hands. Practice your game on the go! With most of these apps you can play in a variety of games, formats, and even tournaments.

Funbridge  iPhone, iPad and Android mobiles and tablets and as well, you can play it on your Mac and Windows computers. No matter what device you log in from, the game or tournament you’re playing will continue. Free Trial Hands | Purchase Deal Packs | Subscribe Monthly | Pay as you go. Extras: Quiz app, Live Championship Broadcasts, Federation and WBF Robot Bridge Tournaments, 13 languages.

Goto Bridge iPhone iPad and Android as well as download software options. Lessons, practice and competition directly at home. Play against robots.

 Sky Bridge Club – your friendly online bridge club. Play against Robots.

BridgePro: Android only. Play against robots. Random Deal Generator

Bridge Base Online : Android and iOS. Connects to BBO servers. Play against people or robots. Watch live play.

iBridge Baron. Based on the best-selling computer bridge software Bridge Baron. Runs on Android and iOS. Apps need to be purchased. Preset deals from tournaments need to be purchased. Play with people or robots. Multiple languages including Chinese, French, German and Spanish.

Shark Bridge – 2014 Computer Bridge Champion, Shark bridge a complete bridge game for your iPad, iPhone and Mac computers.  Free with a lot of interesting pre-loaded hands from past tournaments. Play robots, or play with people.

Ultimate Bridge is now available for Android Click Here >

Bridge Bandit:  Bridge Bandit features a beautifully designed interface that is easy to use and great looking. Choose from four different ways to play: in a competitive league, in a direct challenge with a friend, in a historical tournament comparing yourself with the best of the best, or in a quick blitz. Create your profile, find and make friends and even join or form a club.

Bridge by NeuralPlay has excellent AI to play against, and you can check it out on Android .

Bridge V+ offers  rubber and chicago bridge games for real or virtual money, and it’s FREE on Android or iTunes.

iBridge+ offers duplicate, rubber, play against the bots, compare with other players in tournament. Some money play. Free download. 16 trial hands. After that purchase a batch of 100 hands or a Lifetime subscription.

Totally Bridge – from Great Game Products. Play against robots. 14 day free trial then $3 monthly.  In this feature-rich & universal bridge card game, you are in complete control. Enjoy one-on-one fun and play bridge against the computer, features will make Totally Bridge your #1 favorite bridge card game.

Bridge Baron – for iOS and Android from Great Game Prodoucts. This is software ported to apps. Apparently the Apple version is much better than the Android version. Bridge Baron was one of the first software developers that offered software for Macintosh. $22 to purchase app. Millions of deals. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Play & Learn

Kida – Double Dummy app for Kids (and Adults) to learn card play. Level 1 is designed for an absolute beginner.Levels 5 and 6 will be suitable for the intermediate player. There are 52 puzzles in each of the 6 levels. Its a hand holding app – so starts very very slowly – BUT one can start at ANY level.3 puzzles are unlocked in each level, but when each get solved successfully, the next one gets unlocked, and so on. Click here to travel to their website and download.

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.

 APP: Bridge Carlos. Aimed at the beginner to intermediate player, it contains opening and responding lessons as well as some conventions.I wrote the app working one day per week over the past year, envisaging that it would help promote the game to younger audiences. It could also be an aid for tutors, allowing the tutor to use an iPad (or iPads) as an assistant. I would welcome your feedback on the app.The lessons are also available in video format via youtube – search for “BridgeCarlos App”.

Bridge Solver– new android APP. Bridge Solver incorporates Bo Haglund’s double dummy solver module enabling calculation of makeable contracts and par contracts for any bridge hand. The user can ‘play’ all four positions interactively, and as each card is played the app shows the total number of tricks that will be made for each valid card that can be played in the current position (assuming perfect play by the declarer and defenders from that point onwards). It also contains a built in browser allowing the user to browse bridge club websites. For certain types of club results page (currently those hosted on BridgeWebs or Pianola) the app will recognise if the page contains a hand diagram – a single click will then import the hand into the app for double dummy analysis or interactive play as described above. The app can also import hands from a PBN file, or a hand can be manually entered.

Bridge Tools

YOU HOLD – Bridge Winners  tool for bridge players to answer, create, and share bidding and lead problems. Compare your answers against top bridge players from around the world. Ever wondered how to bid a certain hand? What is the best opening lead? Now you can ask the members of the leading Internet bridge community, Bridge Winners, about a problem you faced at the bridge table. Tell them “you hold…” and what the auction is, and you’ll soon get votes and comments from people around the world. Or answer the problems yourself and see if the best bridge players agree with you. Apple Store | Google Store

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 Score Calculator: Using your Android phone or tablet, the Bridge Score Calculator displays any duplicate score possible. Simply Swipe and Tap your way to the contract and result desired. Click here.

Spring 2015: Dup Bridge iPhone App – a unique approach to dealing duplicate hands at home and scoring results. (not currently available)

2014 : BridgePhone. BridgePhone is a wireless scoring system leveraging modern Android phone technology.

Feb 2014 : Bridge Solver– new android APP. Bridge Solver incorporates Bo Haglund’s double dummy solver module enabling calculation of makeable contracts and par contracts for any bridge hand. The user can ‘play’ all four positions interactively, and as each card is played the app shows the total number of tricks that will be made for each valid card that can be played in the current position (assuming perfect play by the declarer and defenders from that point onwards). It also contains a built in browser allowing the user to browse bridge club websites. For certain types of club results page (currently those hosted on BridgeWebs or Pianola) the app will recognise if the page contains a hand diagram – a single click will then import the hand into the app for double dummy analysis or interactive play as described above. The app can also import hands from a PBN file, or a hand can be manually entered.

Summer 2013: BRIAN: Duplicate Scoring/Reporting Ap. BriAn is an electronic scoring system for the game of contract bridge. Using Android smartphones and iPhones, BriAn can support duplicates, tournaments and café bridge. BriAn can also function as a personal scoresheet for a tournament, or as a record for social game of rubber or Chicago bridge.

Spring 2012: Two Bridge apps for Android! Bridge Diary | Bridge Bidding Box

August 2011:: Bridge Calculator is freeware program that solves problems in the Bridge card game. It quickly solves the double dummy problem, has both graphical and console-based multiple languages user interfaces. It can imports deals from files in many formats, like PBN, BBO .lin files and files generated by the KoPS program.Best regards, Piotr Beling

Online Bridge Club Apps

There are some great online bridge clubs where you can play with people around the world. Many of these clubs have web-based interfaces, and some also have app interfaces. Click here for a full listing of Online Clubs.

BridgePlayer: Android and iOS. Connects to Bridge Club Live and Bridge 3 Free servers. Play against people.

Bridge Base Online : Android and iOS. Connects to BBO servers. Play against people or robots. Watch live play.

Bridge Island:   Android and iOS. Duplicate IMP scoring, rating systems, excellent graphics. Play with real people. Spectator mode. FREE with limited functions. SUBSCRIPTION for more.

iBridge Baron. Based on the best-selling computer bridge software Bridge Baron. Runs on Android and iOS. Apps need to be purchased. Preset deals from tournaments need to be purchased. Play with people or robots. Multiple languages including Chinese, French, German and Spanish.

Shark Bridge – 2014 Computer Bridge Champion, Shark bridge a complete bridge game for your iPad, iPhone and Mac computers, (Windows version is coming soon).  Free with a lot of interesting pre-loaded hands from past tournaments. Play robots, or play with people.

 

Common Myths About the Game of Bridge – Debunked!

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Myths about Bridge – Debunked!

By Alex J. Coyne © 2017 Great Bridge Links

What’s the most ridiculous myth about bridge that you’ve ever heard whispered around the table? We take a look at some of the most common myths about bridge – and then knocked them right out of the park. Kind of like Mythbusters, except we didn’t get to blow anything up to write it.

Bridge is only for old people.

Hey, who are you calling old? We’d say that this myth has been long-since debunked by the thousands of people who play bridge every day. Bridge, all versions thereof, is played by people from all walks of life, every income level – and every age! There are even great books on bridge available for kids, including Teach Me to Play Bridge  and Bridge is for Kids . Recently the World Bridge Federation launched a wonderful online magazine just for young bridge players called Youth World Bridge. And there are many other resource online – you’ll find a good listing on our own Youth and Junior Bridge Page.

Bridge is extremely complicated.

Bridge can be played by literally anyone, and you don’t need to have ten years’ experience around the poker table to decide that you suddenly want to start playing bridge. It’s one of the most popular trick-taking games out there for a reason: Because it’s not ridiculously complicated to play. As we’ve already pointed out, it can be played by anyone who feels like playing bridge. That’s the great thing about it. On our Learn to Play Bridge pages you’ll find LESSON ONE including YouTube videos. What’s stopping you?

For really simple play, we found something called BIDittle – a game to enjoy with children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors to teach bidding and trick-taking concepts in a game that moves quickly. Not only is BIDittle fun… it’s a great way for you to introduce basic Bridge fundamentals.

Only sighted people can play bridge.

This is a complete myth! There are many resources available for visually-impaired or blind bridge players, including braille card decks. Take a look at “Modifying Games for the Blind” on the Games Journal (written by Eddie Timanus)  and “Making Bridge Accessible for the Visually Impaired” from Bridge-Tips (written by A DeJordy).

Our research also turned up the story of blind bridge player Peggy Brady, who achieved the title of Life Master at the incredible age of 86. Whoa! You can read the orginal story over at The Messenger.

Bridge can only be played by X amount of people

Nope, nope and nope. While bridge is a game of pairing partnerships, it can be played by nearly any combination of players, including as little as two and as many as eight, ten, twelve or up – so there’s no need to worry if an extra couple make their turn to show up to the next bridge game.

Tally bridge is a fun party bridge where you can let people play against each other in an Individual format or as Pairs – and the Tally Scorecard tells everyone how to move around the room. More information on Tally Bridge can be found here

Honeymoon Bridge is the name for any adaptation of bridge that can be played by two players. Here’s a great list of these games on Pagat click here.

Bridge is bridge is bridge… 

Nope! There are many forms of bridge, including contract and auction bridge – but that’s only the very tip of the house of cards. Here are just a few other forms of bridge you might find fun to play. 

  • Minibridge: Minibridge serves as a simplified version of traditional bridge; according to the English Bridge Union, it was first developed in France and then came to the Netherlands as a way to teach bridge to schoolchildren – but is now enjoyed by all players who feel like a quick game.
  • Duplicate Bridge: Duplicate bridge is one of the more popular forms of bridge, played most often at bridge tournaments and clubs – it’s best played by teams of four making up pairs. It is called Duplicate because all the hands for an evening are duplicated and put into metal ‘boards’. These boards are moved around the room so at the end of the game, everyone has played the same hands. This removed the ‘luck of the deal’ from a game and since its inception in the 1930s it has become extremely popular and is the primary form of bridge played today at clubs and tournaments around the world. The first well-documented duplicate team event took place in England in 1857. 
  • Rubber Bridge: This  is a very popular form of money bridge. Unlike duplicate, the hands are shuffled and dealt rather than played from a duplicate board. The scoring is different as well, allowing the players to ‘play the score’ more than they are able to at tournament bridge.
  • Money Bridge Online: Like most other casino and card games, it’s now possible to play money bridge online. This is managed through the use of robots and other restrictions to prevent cheating. Bridge Big is one of the main money bridge clubs online. Here’s an interesting article Where’s the Money Bridge? You can also find small sum money bridge on many of the online bridge clubs these days. Click here for a list of online bridge clubs.
  • Variations – there’s lots of different variations of bridge play including Individual, Team Bridge, there are Bridge Team Leagues, and of course, there are Club Games and Home Games and Party Bridge.

Bridge History Myths

The American Contract Bridge League recently published a great article on Bridge History Myths. You can read it here!

Bridge is a game for humans

Not always! Modern computers and bridge ‘robots’ play thousands of bridge hands every day. And once a year, some of the best bring their humans to the World Championships. You can find out more on the Bridgebot Championships page.

Dogs can play bridge

OK, yeah this is a myth. There is no proven evidence of a dog playing bridge. However, Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz often drew a bridge game into his comic strip – the players were Snoopy (a dog), Woodstock (a little bird) and some of Woodstock’s friends. Alan Truscott once wrote an article about Snoopy’s bridge game for the New York Times.

Photo: ACBL Bridge on Twitter: Dogs playing bridge! Who will win?! @PawsintheCity #nabcdallas #playbridge

 

 

Dealing with Losses at the Bridge Table

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Dealing with Losses at the Bridge Table

by Katie Coopersmith (c) Great Bridge Links

For some of us, losing at bridge is no big deal – you’re a beginner, or you’re not so competitive, and a loss here and there is to be expected. You dust your ego off and move on.

However, for others among us in the card-playing crowd, losing is a big deal – and it hurts. Particularly for those who play at a high level, or who feel like they have a lot to lose, not coming out on top can kind of feel a bit like the end of the world. You might experience symptoms like rage, grumpiness, snappiness towards your partner and/or opponents, and perhaps even an intense desire to give up the game. What’s more, bridge may be particularly fraught with loss anxiety because of its inherent partner element: letting down partner is upsetting, and so is being let down.

Losing may be especially difficult when you’re not used to it. Studies have shown that ‘high-status’ players who lose to ‘low-status’ players tend to behave less generously after the game. This can be seen at most bridge tournaments: we’re all familiar with the person who sulks following an unexpected loss, or who refuses to join the rest of the group at the bar because they’re too emotionally sore.

There’s also a biological reason why we tend to feel crappy or low after a loss. Our bodies respond differently on a hormonal level after winning and losing, respectively: both men and women have higher levels of circulating testosterone after attaining ‘high status’ through winning, and testosterone tends to drop along with social status after a loss. Of course, we’re speaking on caveperson terms here: odds are, your fellow bridge players aren’t actually going to see you as ‘lower status’ after you lose a game, but you might consciously or unconsciously feel less-than, and that’s enough to set off this physiological response.

Thus, feeling upset or even angry after a loss is perfectly normal, especially when you lose at something you’ve devoted a lot of time to learning. But the truth is that not one of us can win 100% of the time, so losing is something that we likely can and should all learn to deal with. Luckily, researchers have also uncovered a few potential coping tips and tricks:

Gain Experience

In poker, there’s a term called “tilting”. It’s used to refer to “detrimental decision-making as a result of losing control due to negative emotions,” and anyone who’s ever played bridge at a competitive level knows that this phenomenon isn’t just limited to poker. However, studies have shown that having more experience playing the game can improve our emotion regulation capabilities and reduce tilting. This makes sense, if you think about it: the more games you play, the more you might be able to understand that losing – while painful – isn’t the end of the world.

Distract Yourself At First

Do you spend the hours (or days, or even weeks) after a big loss replaying what went wrong over and over in your head? Well, cut it out! It’s easier said than done, of course, but try to spend the night after your loss doing something totally unrelated to bridge – hanging out with your family or non-bridge-playing friends, for example.

Then, Study Up!

Once you’ve given the burn some time to cool off and heal, meet up with partner (or take some time on your own) to think logically and clear-headedly about what, in your view, went wrong during the game. Next, create a plan of study and/or attack designed to address those specific weaknesses. You’ll be back better than ever before you know it!

 

11 Signs You Might Be a Bridge Player

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11 Signs You Might Be a Bridge Player

by Katie Coopersmith © 2017 Great Bridge Links

If you have any of these symptoms you are at risk of being a bridge player. If you have more than 7, we suggest you immediately arrange a meetup with at least 3 other bridge players.

1. When you hear the word “dummy,” it doesn’t sound like an insult to you.

“Trump” has a pretty different meaning, too…

2. You always plan your next vacation based on where the best bridge tournaments are.

London? Honolulu? Nah, not if there isn’t a game to be played there…

A week long tournament in Lynnwood, Washington? Sure!

3. You can’t remember your friends’ kids’ names or what you had for breakfast this morning…but last month’s hands are still fresh in your mind and you can rattle them off on demand.

Those brain benefits are worth it!

4. You have to fight hard to suppress the urge to scream at anyone who tells you bridge is “just a game”.

It’s not a game, it’s a lifestyle!

5. You’ve got a better poker face than Bill Clinton.

Hiding your glee when your partner makes a bid you like can be tough, and so can masking your disappointment when they make the wrong move, but you’ve got it down…you’re the master of the stone-face!

6. You’ve accidentally yelled “Director!” when someone cuts you off in traffic or makes a nasty comment to you at the supermarket.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a director play the referee role in our everyday lives?

7. All of your friends are bridge players…and you’re not mad about it!

It makes dinner parties so much more fun…and what’s a Saturday afternoon without a game at the bridge club?!

8. Your shelves are packed to the helm with The Bridge World and Eddie Kantar.

What better activity could there be to fill your non-bridge-playing hours than improving your game through reading?

9. You fight more with your partner than you do with your spouse.

Unless – God forbid – your partner is your spouse!

10. You have many strong opinions on play etiquette.

You can’t abide by anyone who makes gratuitous comments, puts their pen to the bidding pad without knowing what they’re going to bid, or doesn’t claim as declarer when the outcome is obvious.

11. And finally…there’s nothing you’d rather do than play bridge!

It’s a great way to spend your retirement…and your vacations, weekends, evenings, and holidays.

DISCLAIMER: The results of this self-test are not intended to constitute a diagnosis of ‘bridge player’ and should be used solely as a guide to understanding your bridge playing and social and family issues involved with it. The information provided here cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a bridge director or teacher.