Bridge Tournament Updates


Wooo hooo! Our Bridge Tournaments Listing page has returned after 25 months. Many thanks to John Carruthers, the IBPA, and other contributors. If you want your tournament listed (no sectionals please) use the form at the bottom of our page. View our listing here →

The World Bridge Federation is pleased to confirm that the 2022 World Bridge Series will be held at Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Poland, from 19th August to 3rd September 2022. Official website here →

Youth! The 7th World Youth Transnational Bridge Championships will be held in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy, from August 7-14, 2022. The Championships will be held at the Palazzo dei Congressi and will consist of Teams and Pairs Championships in all categories as well as an individual Championship. Players in all three events will compete for the Triathlon World Championship and, as in previous editions, the Joan Gerard Awards will be presented. For the first time it will include a series for U-31 players, as well as the normal U-26 (Open and Women’s) events, U21 and U16 events. Read more on website here →

The 2021 World Championships in Italy has come to an end. Congratulations Gold Medalists : Bermuda Bowl – Switzerland;  Venice Cup – Sweden; D’Orsi Trophy – Poland; Wuhan Cup – France. Be sure to visit the Great Bridge Links Jump Page for bulletins, results, links, and more: Great Bridge Links Jump Page →

A Guide To Online Bridge Alert Procedures – Alert procedures are meant to call attention to specific bids you make, usually when the meaning of a convention or bid might not be clear to your opponents. Many thanks to Alex J Coyne for putting this article together for us. Read article here →

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Bridge News


ACBL Educational Foundation offering Digital Day Camps for young bridge players this summer. Individual camp flyers and registration forms can be found here →

ACBL considers using Tablets for Premier Events. At the request of the ACBL Advisory Council’s Anti-Cheating Committee, the Competition & Conventions Committee, with approval from the ACBL Board of Directors, has formed a sub-committee to study and prepare to adopt a version of the USBF ‘Martel method’ for use in the later rounds of several ACBL NABC+ team events. The Martel method consists of playing on provided tablets and having two screenmates from each table in separate ballrooms. This method was used successfully last year for the USBF team trials, where it was generally well received, and will be used for them again later this month. Article by David Grainger here →

Edwin B. Kantar, RIP   by Frank Stewart  – With a profound sense of bereavement and loss, I regret to acknowledge to the BW community that the great Eddie Kantar passed away this morning at the age of 89. Eddie, I can’t find adequate words. You were simply the best. Read tributes on Bridge Winners here.

ACBL creates the Institute for Bridge Arbitration – The Institute for Bridge Arbitration (IBA) is the specialized disciplinary body of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) that hears cases alleging an Ethical Violation. Read more on Bridge Winners here →

International Bridge Press Association welcomes two new columnists, Larry Cohen and Andrew Robson, to their monthly magazine. “Two more distinguished columnists we cannot imagine,” writes editor John Carruthers. Visit IBPA website

New ACBL Convention Card. The ACBL Board of Directors approved the new Convention Card during its Austin meetings. The ACBL expects to make the new card the official one sometime in the middle of 2022. Until then, either card will be acceptable. The formal use of the card in tournaments will take place sometime next year. Watch your Bulletin for articles that will help explain the changes and the proper way to fill out the card. Click here to download the card  → 

NEW BRIDGE LINKS – have you visited our New Links page recently? Lots of new bridge sites coming online over the past few months,  Check it out here ->

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New! Bridge Innovation


The Nukki Challenge. Paris 2022. Can an advanced AI beat the world’s best bridge players? On Thursday 24th and Friday 25th, 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. Website here. The entire contest was run through Youtube – you can follow it here. There’s a good article by Mark Horton in the WBF World’s Bulletin 01.

Google Chrome Extensions for Bridge Base OnlineIf you are both a Chrome and Bridge Base Online user, then you’re in luck. Browser add-ons (also called extensions) can bring a little more to the game. Find out more

Bridge Stars proclaims to be the Future of Online Bridge. A modern platform for Bridge players all around the world to play unlimited Bridge for free. Find out more on their website.

IntoBridge – Stefan Skorchev and Christophe Grosset  introduce their new platform, IntoBridge. Its motto is “For the players, by the players”. Casual tables, team matches, and pairs tournaments, as well as audio-visual communication while playing, and discussion rooms for private and group post-mortems and analysis. You can help them test their Beta version by clicking here. Read more about IntoBridge on Bridge Winners here

Does anyone know of a hand generator that can be used for partners to practice bidding from afar? This is a great question from Ken Bowlby on Bridge Winners with lots of good answers →

What’s a good book on Modern Defense? There’s a growing list on Bridge Winners this month →

New book: Seven Games. A new book published by W.W. Norton offers a ” group biography of seven enduring and beloved games, and the story of why―and how―we play them.” Read a review in the NYT here. 

What’s the latest on Face 2 Face tournament and club play in North America? Here’s a cool new link from MedCityBridge.com. Many thanks to Matt Baylow for submitting these ‘great’ bridge links.  F2F ACBL/VACB Tournaments and News here → | F2F ACBL/VACB Club Data Here →

MiniBridge on RealBridge – MiniBridge is used by many teachers around the world as a way to introduce newcomers to bridge, and to facilitate faster learning. As part of our ongoing program of enhancements to support Bridge teachers, in September 2021 we released MiniBridge on RealBridge, where learners can play MiniBridge with other learners at a table with integrated audio and video. Read more on Bridge Winners here →

Bridge Whiz - ACBLBridge Whiz! The ACBL Educational Foundation is launching BridgeWhiz on the 1st of September this year. BridgeWhiz is an exciting, free online program for young contract bridge students grades 4-12 who would like to learn more about the game. Read more here → | Opportunity! BridgeWhiz now has over 2000 students enrolled and is looking for people to help out. Be part of the excitement – read more here on Bridge Winners →

Tablet Talk: How Tablets Will Change Face-to-Face Bridge Tournaments. “I’m sure that face-to-face play using tablets is the future of competitive bridge, whether we get there this year or later,”says Jan Martel.  Read more here →

Accessible interface on Real Bridge for users with sight loss. For the past few months I’ve been developing, in collaboration with RealBridge, a modified interface to provide accessibility to the platform for users with impaired vision. Read article on Bridge Winners ->

RealBridge: realbridge.online  takes online bridge to the next level, with built-in video and sound, bringing the true face-to-face experience online. See and speak to your opponents – just like face-to-face bridge. Bid and play using a modern, intuitive interface. Alex interviews Graham Hazel from the development team. Read article ->  

Tricky Bridge – a new bridge playing app to be launched at the end of summer. Great Bridge Links caught up with Scott Hoffer for more details about the launch and mechanics of Tricky Bridge, one of the most exciting apps of the year. Read more here – >

BridgeBee appBridgeBee is a new bridge trainer app with a difference. A hybrid between a bridge lesson and an interactive AI-guided chatbot, this could be one of the best ways to inspire players and hone skills. It could do for bridge education what DuoLingo and its owl mascot has done for language learning. We interviewed Mary Maier from Baron Barclay about the beginnings of BridgeBee – and why every bridge player should check it out. Read article here ->

Bridge Video, Podcasts and Radio


Sorry Partner Podcast

Sorry, Partner, a weekly podcast about bridge and all things interesting to bridge players, brought to you by bridge partners and friends, Catherine Harris and Jocelyn Startz. They’ll be chatting with international bridge luminaries and up-and-coming stars, and sharing stories from around the world about this game we all love.

The Setting Trick – conversations with world class bridge players. View full list on acbl.org here →

So you want to make a podcast! Here’s the information you need →

The Best Bridge Podcasts. Find your favourite podcast →


TWITCH: The Bridge Section – includes streaming links and videos

YOUTUBE: The Bridge Channel – with 74 Bridge Channels

Bridge Lessons Dot Com – BridgeLesson.com is the premiere site for Bridge Education. Our lessons are designed and taught by world class professional players and instructors.

Bridge and Wellbeing. Wellbeing has five pillars: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment (PERMA). Professor Martin Seligman examines the effect of playing serious bridge on each. An entertaining and engaging talk for the Bridge: A MindSport for All  Conference earlier this summer. View video here →

ALT TV / Bid72 Channel – The popular ALT Invitation series of Team Tournaments can be found on Youtube.

New Tricks Bridge has a series of fun videos matching 8 bridge experts in individual play. Check out their YouTube channel here ->

The Bridge Channel with Bridge Videos. A cool site that curates bridge videos from around the world and down through time.

Bridge. A Game For Life. This insightful talk and introduction to Bridge by twelve-year-old Mumbai resident, Anshul Bhatt, highlights his passion for the game. Anshul is the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Joan Gerard Youth Awards at the World Youth Open Bridge Championships, where he represented India in the U16.  Watch on You Tube Here ->

Why is Bridge Awesome?  Multiple Australian National Champion and representative Peter Hollands shares why he thinks bridge is awesome. YouTube -.

BRIDGE MOVIES/DOCUMENTARIES


DIRTY TRICKS –  ‘Dirty Tricks’ Unveiled by Yes Studios.  Its world premiere was at Hot Docs but if you missed it there you can watch it at upcoming festivals. Find out more ->

ACE OF KNAVES – The Bridge Film of the Century. “If I sat with you for 10 minutes at the bridge table, I would know more about you than your closest relatives do. ” – Zia Mahmood.  Watch on Vimeo HereRead about the movie in this 2017 article.

THE KIDS TABLE – A documentary from Beyond the Porch Productions and the ACBL Educational Foundation that follows four young friends as they navigate the highs and lows of competitive bridge. Available on a variety of digital platforms. Visit Website ->

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Play Robot Bridge on FunbridgeRobot Bridge is anytime fun for all levels.

Enjoy playing bridge with robots anytime anywhere – on your phone, your tablet or your computer. Play one hand, a 4-hand tournament, or challenge tournaments. You are always playing against robots and with a robot partner.

 

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How To Play Bridge

Owls Playing Bridge - Great Bridge LinksLearn to play bridge with videos, lessons, apps and teachers. Visit our GBL Classroom to find everything you need!

Bridge can be played by anyone, young and old. It’s not only great for your brain but your social life as well! Bridge players can find friends in any city in the world.

New: Intro to Bridge join in on the ACBL’s online course today!

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What is the game of bridge?

Keep Calm and Play Bridgefrom the World Bridge Federation:

Bridge is the ultimate trick-taking card game, easily the greatest source of enjoyment that four people can have with a pack of cards.

Bridge is a sport: the World Bridge Federation is recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Just like every sport, Bridge offers enormous benefits to its players.

It is enjoyed by tens of millions of people throughout the world – more so than any other card game. In social circles it is considered the card game. Whether you play casually among friends or seriously in clubs and tournaments, you will find it to be fascinating, challenging and enjoyable.

from the European Bridge League:

The game of bridge is a mindsport card game to be enjoyed by players of all ages. Four players form two partnerships, taking the points of the compass. North plays with South and East with West. Each player receives thirteen cards (your hand) which should be sorted into suits: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.

The game is divided into two phases, bidding and play.

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