APPS, ROBOTS & COMPUTER BRIDGE NEWS

Tricky BridgeTricky Bridge: 7,000 beginners in Week 1 – the new iPhone/iPad app dedicated to making the very beginning of the bridge learning process fun, free, and appealing for people of all ages to try  introduced over 7,000 beginners to bridge in its first week as a live game. Development was partly funded by the Ed Foundation, and we got a lot of great feedback from the BridgeWinners community during beta. Read about 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. and on Bridge Winners here 

Watch e-Open Championship Bridge on Twitch : Streaming bridge All Stars Match vs Eopenbridge https://www.twitch.tv/eopenbridge that will take place 13-14.10. Watch Canadian Bridge Championships on Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/canadabridge


Bridge Baron and Great Game Products acquired by 52 Entertainment monopoly. 52 Entertainment is the ultimate holding company of Goto Games, Funbridge, Bridge Base Online (BBO), Le Bridgeur and China Bridge On Line, which together forms the world’s uncontested leader in bridge entertainment and software. Read our article and interview here ->

Online Bridge Events & Tournaments – We’ve relaunched our Bridge Tournaments section with lots of links and information regarding online bridge events. Updating whenever a new events comes online. Check it out here ->

How can I watch? Watching a bridge game from afar is referred to as kibitzing (to kibitz, as kibitzer) and in the world of online bridge, your favorite match is only a few clicks away from the nearest device. Here is our brief bridge kibitzing guide 


Credentials Advisory TeamWhat is CAT? Credentials Advisory team (CAT) advises online bridge events of ALT, OCBL and Bridgehouse when they believe a player should not participate in their events due to suspicions of ethical misbehaviour.  Members of CAT are currently Boye Brogeland, Roger Lee, Sabine Auken, Joe Grue, Brian Platnick, and David Gold. Read interview by Christina Lund Madsen with David Gold here ->

Several players have commenced litigation against CAT and its members. To read more visit their Legal Fund Go Fund Me page here ->

The EBU (English Bridge Union) has set up an Online Ethics Investigation Group – read about it here ->

Find a list of Anti-cheating policies from organizations around the world, visit here ->


RealBridge: An Online Bridge Server for Face-to-Face Bridge? Alex interviews innovator Graham Hazel from the development team. Read interview here -> Want to give RealBridge a try? Click here ->

Plugging in to the OCBL – The Online Contract Bridge League aims to organize high-quality, high-level online tournaments through BBO. Great Bridge Links and Alex J. Coyne spoke to Max from the OCBL to find out more. Read article here >>

Tricky Bridge App

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 – >

Bridge HackathonThe #BridgeHackathon is a new event created by developer and bridge enthusiast Kiat Huang allowing for coding, creativity and bridge cross over to create new, innovative open source software. He hopes to turn his Hackathon into a regular event – and encourages other groups of bridge-loving coders and developers to do the same by organizing their own. Here’s what you should know about the #BridgeHackathon. Read article 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 ->

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 ->

Bridge Robot Online Bridge PlaySynrey 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 ->

New website:  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. And recently relaunched!

IN THE WORLD OF BRIDGE

Bridge International ChampionshipsA tournament for every bridge player in the world. The Bridge International Championship – October 26 – Nov 1, 2020. Presented by FunBridge / BBO (Bridge Base Online) / CBO (China Bridge Online) Read more here ->

The 2020 Master Point Press IBPA Book of the Year Shortlist includes David Bird & Larry Cohen, Kim Frazer, Nicolas Hammond. Mike Lawrence, Krzysztof Martens and Marek Wojcicki, and Mats Nilsland. Read more here – >

Have you heard about The Bridge Zone? It’s is a radio show and podcast encouraging fellow Bridge players to share the passion that enthusiasts have in playing this challenging game. Find it here – >

NOBITUARY – Michael Rosenberg on Bridge Winners has started a wonderful kind of thread where people honour living bridge players they know with stories and tributes. Look for Nobituary in the article title. So far, people have started Nobituaries for Victor Silverstone, Irving Litvack, Zeke Jabbour, Gail Greenberg, and Steve Robinson.

Carruthers_Worlds_2015What Now?  by John Carruthers, International Bridge Press Association. – Whether we consider cheating at bridge to be a disease or a crime, there are two aspects that need to be considered: prevention and cure (if it’s a disease) or; prevention and penalties (if it’s a crime).  John Carruthers shares his thoughts ->

ABTA Book of the Year award winners – The American Bridge Teachers’ Association has announced winners in its 39th annual Book of the Year contest, which recognizes excellence in instructional books for bridge players of all levels. Read more here

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 ->

Do you have a great idea for a bridge project, event or club? You might qualify for an ACBL Education Foundation Grant! Read more here ->


Why Play Bridge? What makes bridge brilliant:

PLAY BRIDGE ONLINE

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

No need to spend time alone when there are so many places online where you can meet up with other bridge players and do what we all love – play cards!

You can play in tournaments against robots or you can play against real human players – with no chance of passing along a virus. See you there!

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JUST PLAY BRIDGE – SOLITAIRE BRIDGE GAMES

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.  Find all the best apps on our bridge apps page here →


Just Play Bridge – Test your skill with this Solitaire Bridge Game on acbl.org.

Ever want to just go online and play a few hands and not worry about signing in or setting up at a table? On the ACBL website and courtesy of Bridge Base Online you can Just Play Bridge. Read more here –>

Coffee Break!

Bridge Articles by Famous Authors - Great Bridge LinksEnjoy bridge on your coffee break. Bridge Players love puzzles! Crosswords, jigsaws, word play, logic problems …. and the ultimate puzzle, the game of bridge itself. On this page you will find links to daily bridge articles, bridge quizzes, puzzles, contests and whatever else we find in our travels around the ‘net. Click Here >

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.

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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.

Why Play Bridge?

There’s a reason why millions of people around the world play bridge, many of them as a lifelong hobby. It’s a social game that creates partnerships through teamwork and sportsmanship. Bridge may be thrilling when you win and humbling when you don’t, but there’s one thing it will never be – boring.  The game of bridge creates a community. With just a deck of cards and a group of friends – or even strangers – you can have fun and dive into a game that has been drawing new players for centuries. Not only does it sharpen the mind and challenge your wit, bridge opens new doors with opportunities to network and socialize with other sharp-minded competitors. Find out more on Try Bridge Dot Org!

Should you be a bridge player - Great Bridge LinksShould you be a bridge player? Take this quiz

Millions worldwide have found bridge to be an enriching, even obsessive pastime. Do you have what it takes to join them? Take this quick quiz to determine your potential for learning and enjoying the world’s most popular card game.

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