Bridge can be a lifelong pursuit. It takes only rudimentary knowledge to begin playing and enjoying bridge, but as any player will tell you, this is not a game for those who demand instant gratification. Learning to play well takes time and effort, and the game is impossible to master. But that's precisely why bridge is so popular, and why it's called "the game for a lifetime". No matter how many years you play, you'll always find new challenges, and the learning process will never end. Bridge also caters to all physical conditions and disabilities, so players can actively pursue their pastime throughout their entire lives.
The game can be exciting, challenging, frustrating and humbling, but it will never be boring. There are more than 750 trillion possible hands, so you'll see something new every time you play. It's actually a fast-paced game, too. Each hand takes just five to ten minutes to play before you move on to the next deal and a new challenge.
Bridge is one of the few games that stimulates both the left and right sides of your brain. Every time you play, you use -- and improve -- your skills in communication, logic, math, memory, visualization and psychology. It's a unique type of mental workout that is both relaxing and invigorating, and that can't be duplicated by other leisure or work-related activities.
Bridge is one of the best ways to practice the "use it or lose it" advice for maintaining mental sharpness in older age.
At its core, bridge is a game of skill played with randomly dealt cards, which makes each deal a game of chance. This is conducive to play as a "friendly game" among four players.
Despite this, the chance can be eliminated by comparing pairs' results in identical situations. This is achievable when there are eight or more players and the deals from each table are preserved and passed to the next table, thereby duplicating them for another 4 participants to play. At the end of a competition, the scores for each deal are compared against each other, and most points are awarded to the players doing the best with each particular deal. This measures skill despite the initial chance of the deal.
This form of the game is referred to as duplicate bridge and is played in tournaments, which can gather as many as several hundred players. Duplicate bridge is a mind sport, and its popularity gradually became comparable to that of chess.
The Bridge Player's Bible $14.20
Illustrated Strategies for Staying Ahead of the Game
Bridge, one of the worlds most widely played card games, requires skill, concentration, and practice on the part of its players. This visual guide will help beginners master the rules and principles while also explaining strategies that both beginners and experienced players need to command for successful play. The author presents more than 300 clearly illustrated examples of bid structures, then instructs on how to rank, decode, and defend, from opening bids to endgame strategy. Separate chapters focus on opening bids, responses, rebids, slam bidding, opening leads, general play techniques, both no-trump and suit contracts, defensive leads and returns, and many other topics that are central to a well-played game. The book also features a glossary, an index, and more than 300 color illustrations.
Pro Bridge 310
231.41 CAD 142.68 EUR 127.81 GBP
This 7.5" x 4" handheld Bridge computer is convenient and portable. The large screen clearly displays your game and the 4-way toggle switch makes it easy to navigate your way through the game.
Features include automatic shuffle, deals, score keeping and a save game feature which allows you to stop and resume games at any time. Favourite bridge styles are supported, including American and French 5-card Majors plus ACOL and play Rubber or Duplicate Bridge.
This portable game also boasts a number of key learning functions for improving players; undo errors by taking back bids and cards played, powerful hint function for in-game advice and watch the computer play against itself to pick up more hints. Requires 4 AAA batteries, not included. Ages 12+.
Deluxe LCD Bridge
89.93 CAD 55.45 EUR 49.67 GBP
Now play anywhere to stay card-sharp!
Its' you against the computer. Excalibur's Research Lab teamed up with bridge masters to create the most entertaining and instructional portable bridge game available!
Make your own choices in bidding and playing the hand, or get expert hints to improve!
On your next trip, or between bridge-club nights, use Deluxe LCD Bridge to stay card-sharp! You'll get hours of fun – and great practice – playing against the most realistic handheld bridge game there is !
Choose rubber or duplicate bridge!
Select from three level of play.
Optional hints for bidding and playing.
Take back a bid or your last play!
Memory-save lets you finish your game later!
2" x 2" LCD screen size
Uses American five-card major bidding, no-trump and allows slam bidding. Automatic scoring assesses your skills. Optional autoplay shows you how to play a trick just like the experts do! Review bidding and card played in the last trick. Claim tricks to save time, just like in real bridge.
CONGRESS BUTTERFLY DOUBLE DECK JUMBO INDEX PLAYING CARDS $12.99
This is a double deck of Congress bridge-size jumbo index playing cards. The backs feature a pastel butterfly design with soft colors in the background. These cards come in a felt-covered sliding box and are plastic coated.
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