ONLINE BRIDGE EVENTS & NEWS

The 2021 WBF Women’s Online Spring Festival starts on Monday, April 12, and continues until Sunday, April 18 on Bridge Base Online. All women welcome to join. The sponsors of this festival are WBF and BBOItalia. Read all about it here – >

The USBF does not expect to be sending teams to a World Championship in August of 2021, and has therefore postponed the USBF Selection Trials (USBCs) despite the fact that the WBF has not yet officially postponed the 2021 World Championships. Read more here – _

The EBL is disappointed to announce that, due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the situation disimproving in so many countries, the EBL National Team Championships planned for June 2021 in Madeira have been cancelled. Read more here ->

Video Chat Bridge Base OnlineBig news from Bridge Base Online! Video Chat can now be enjoyed by millions of bridge players worldwide. Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, players have been asking Bridge Base Online (BBO) to add video chat capability. Understandably, people want to see who they’re playing against. With many clubs being closed, players are missing spending time with their friends. Online bridge helps meet the need for mental stimulation, but it’s not the same as playing face-to-face. There’s obviously a social element that’s hard to replicate online. BBO is addressing this with the release of Video Chat. Read Press Release Here – >

Are You Twitching To Stream Your Game?  There was a time when bridge blogs were all the rage. Today, live streaming seems to be the ‘new blog.’ Learn how you can get started streaming your bridge game on Twitch, and find out who else is there. Read article here ->

We have a great updated Bridge Tournaments page happening with event news and links – something for everyone! Be sure to visit regularly.

Magnetic Bridge – Face to face play is returning and this summer you’ll see a lot of card games taking place out of doors. The last thing you want is for your expertly bid 6NT to suddenly lose its dummy in the wind. Enter Magnetic Bridge Cards. 

Bridge Winners runs Club Games on Real Bridge – Weekly. Single Session. 2 Hours. $3 per person. Juniors play free. Read about it here – >


ALT TV – The popular ALT Invitation series of Team Tournaments recently introduced ALT TV on Youtube. In the first episode, they interviewed Eric Laurant; this week features an interview with Naren Gupta who talks about the experience of playing with Zia and his thoughts on Huub Bertens.

PODCAST Conversations with World Class Bridge Players – Find the Setting Trick on ACBL News Feed here ->

Have you heard about The Bridge Zone Radio Show? 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 – >

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

 

COLLEGE BRIDGE ONLINE: Play at the new online bridge club just for college students! You’ll have access to exclusive resources on Bridge Base online (BBO), so you can play with other college students at your school and across North America. Play in daily individual practice tournaments just for you or practice with your partner using free robots! You can even with prizes in live tournaments against other teams. Read more here ->

ACBL Updated Alert Procedures – Effective as of Jan 1, 2021, you can read the new procedures here ->

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IN THE WORLD OF BRIDGE

BAMSA Conference 28-30 June 2021: A MindSport for All (BAMSA) is hosting a free online international conference designed for academics, bridge players, teachers and organisers. The overall aim of the conference is to push the boundaries of current academic thinking and shape a future research agenda. Click here for BAMSA 2021 Conference Program PDF

Henrik Hansson has been nominate for a major photography award following his depiction of bridge during lockdown in a series of 8 evocative photographs. More information at worldbridge.org or go directly to the series of photographs here ->.  (Source: Anna Gudge on Twitter) 

 Aces and Knaves FilmWatch Aces & Knaves! Now’s your chance to see this much celebrated film streaming online for only $12.50. Click here to purchase a ticket // Click here to read an interview with the film’s producers.

BAMSA Spring Webinar – The Impact of Bridge Research on a Career in Leisure Studies. Join Professor David Scott as he he reflects on the ways that research in bridge has shaped three decades of his work in the field of leisure studies. Webinar Registration Link / BAMSA website Link.

How learning to play the game of Bridge affects well-being and cognitive skills of the elderly. Pilot Study Report out of Poland. This pilot study precedes the main research to be carried out once the elderly in Poland have received their vaccinations. Read here ->

Bridge and Cheating in the New World. Online play has been wholeheartedly embraced and welcomed and bridge is suddenly way more accessible. However, so is cheating. Read a recap here ->

Huge success. How one ACBL Unit’s Online Charity game earned $153,000 usd for homeless in Marin County, CA. Read about it here – >

Bridge to the PeopleBridge to the People. Preliminary studies confirmed that advantages coming from playing bridge are: 75% lower chance for Alzheimer Disease and higher production of CD-4 positive lymphocytes responsible for fighting against viruses. Bridge to the People is a foundation whose aim is scientific activities and research on the impact of playing bridge on the mental strength of the elderly and people with disabilities. Mind training by learning and practicing bridge for seniors all over Poland. Read more here – >

SHALL WE LAUGH? There’s a really funny thread happening on Bridge Winners – Funniest Comment to Partner. Pretty sure Jude Goodwin will be turning a bunch of them into cartoons sooner or later : enjoy it here ->

Gaining the mental edge at bridgeWinner of the 2020 IBPA Bridge Book of the year is Kim Frazer for her book Gaining the Mental Edge at Bridge. At the recent IBPA AGM, Barry Rigal explained that this book is focused on the psychological way to bring the best play to the table. Kim is a Champion in Bridge and Physical Sports and she approaches Bridge in a useful and unusual way. Kim thanked her proofreader Liam Milne, who convinced her to put more bridge deals in the book, and the team of Master Point Press.

Winners of the 2020 The Alan Truscott Memorial Award are Tom Reynolds and Jan van den Hoek. Barry Rigal relates that both played a significant part in our being able to enjoy expert online tournaments during the last nine months, when face-to-face bridge was impossible.

The 52 Entertainment brand is gaining speed – and steadily becoming one of the largest umbrellas in the world of bridge. Great Game Products, Bridge Baron, Bridge Base Online, China Bridge Online, and Funbridge are some of the recent additions and now Master Point Press. Read story here ->
Audrey Grant Bridge Festivals

Audrey Grant and David Lindop are now offering their hugely popular Bridge Festivals online. Click here to read all about it and/or register ->

 

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 ->


APPS, ROBOTS & COMPUTER BRIDGE NEWS

Bridge On BBO: Now With Live Audio

Big news from Bridge Base Online! Video Chat can now be enjoyed by millions of bridge players worldwide. . Read Press Release Here – >

Live Audio on BBO – We spoke to Dan Storch from Bridge Base Online about the new live audio feature for games. Here’s how it works, why it’s there, and how to use it. Read interview here – >

Tricky-Bridge-Learn-and-Play-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 – read our interview here – >


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 ->


WBF publishes new Disciplinary Code –  the WBF Executive Council at the Meeting of 25th/27th November unanimously approved the new Disciplinary Code  – The WBF shares the indignation of the bridge community, taking full notice of the aberrant and unacceptable behaviour of cheating and unethical behaviour in bridge that, whenever and wherever it occurs, causes great harm and threatens the both the image and the fairness of our sport.

BRIDGE INNOVATION

So many wonderful new platforms and digital innovations coming on board. These are exciting times for the world of bridge!


Real Bridge - Play bridge online face to faceRealBridge: 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 ->  

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 ->

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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