So you have joined the bridge club and plucked up the courage to go forth and conquer – conquer your inner fears of not being good enough, conquer the abusive octogenarian couple at the bridge table, and conquer the language of bridge.
We all have to start somewhere at this game.
If you, like me had a bridge teacher that had an Intel Pentium processor for a brain and the others in the class were still operating with abacuses, then you will understand how damned difficult the game is.
Learning the game of bridge is like learning ancient Greek – but a lot more fun.
It is also a lot more useful. Think of the mornings you can spend with Dilly the Duck and Harry the Hog at the bridge table silently wishing they would disappear into bridge heaven so that you can get on and play without the painful sighs.
It is difficult. But, take heed, it is not impossible. And if your brain is coming out of the dark ages and learning a new language – jolly well done I say. You will not regret it. (Nor too will your chosen partner!)
In this new language, which has a new a new alphabet to boot, you have to learn a million and one things; scoring one’s own cards – four for an ace, three for a king, two for a queen, one for a jack, understanding what a “balanced” hand is and so on and so on.
The best way of doing this in my humble, 1 Club opinion is to read good bridge books.
And here are some that I think will help you as a beginner bridge player learning to play bridge from scratch.
If you need a helping hand at the bridge table because you are learning to play and are classified as a beginner bridge player, then this is for you. It is a guide for newcomers who have learnt 5-card majors and is divided into four colour-coded sections: Opener – Responder – Overcaller – Advancer. Identify your role in the auction and find the right bid. The bidding charts are easy to follow and will assist you in seeing the structure of your bridge auctions.
This is another specifically written to provide easy to understand advice on what to do at the bridge table. It will give you a convenient outline of Standard bidding and it is split into 10 flippable sections including a duplicate bridge scorer.
We all need cheat sheets – the more the merrier I say. This will give you on the spot guidance.
Partner bid this … what do I do now?
When learning to play bridge it is difficult to remember what all the bids mean. This acts as an aide-memoire allowing you to work out what to call next. It helps in beginner’s bridge by allowing you to play a good game of bridge before you have committed all the bidding to memory.