“Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple.” (Sir Richard Branson)
How to Play Bridge – Step 1 for Beginners
Learn how to bid by following these five simplified lessons, with quizzes and answers to test your knowledge and learning. In order to learn to play bridge, you will need to get started somewhere. Once you have a basic understanding of the opening bids and some simple responses, you have a platform of knowledge that will enable you to play with a group. These lessons are designed to present just enough information to give the learner the confidence to play the game and yet not so much information that the learner is overwhelmed with complicated bids.
How to Play Bridge – Step 2 for Beginners
Learning bridge could be compared to climbing a slippery hill. As you put each foot above you, you may slide down a bit, but then, once you get your footing again, you can go higher. Sometimes it is a good idea to back up a step or two and firm up your footing (i.e., review the first lessons). Concepts that seemed muddled and daunting the first time around may become much clearer from a second overview. Here are some additional lessons to improve and enhance a beginner’s level of knowledge.
Pocket Guide for Beginner Bridge
Playing of the Hand in a NT Contract
These lessons are designed to help the beginner bridge player learn some strategies to successfully play the hand in No Trump contracts. After learning a few different approaches, you should be able to boost your confidence and enjoy the challenge of playing a No Trump hand.
Extra Help For Beginning Bridge Players
Additional topics to help beginners understand the intricacies of bridge.
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Review Sheets – ACBL Bridge Series (Bidding) *New*
If you are studying from the ACBL Bridge Series book, Bidding in the 21st Century, here are some review sheets (with answers) to check your understanding of the concepts in each chapter.
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Bidding Into Action — Practice Reviewing Each Lesson
You may find these beginner practice games helpful — to practice bidding on your own, to practice with a partner or to bid and play the hand with a beginner group.
Keeping Score in Bridge
Sooner or later, you will want to keep score. Here is some information on this and an easy scoring chart.
Three Beginner Lessons to introduce “2 Over 1″ Bidding
These lessons will give you a start at “2 Over 1″ bidding.
How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords:
These lessons will take the mystery out of cryptic crosswords. For some, the clues may seem perplexing and confusing at first, but once given a few hints on how to approach them, you will be surprised at how simple they are to solve. Unlike ordinary crossword clues with their straight forward definitions, cryptic clues require some mind bending and “thinking outside the box.” These puzzles are fun and very clever and, in my opinion, much more interesting than standard crosswords. If you enjoy word play, anagrams and solving clues, you will likely enjoy these, too — and it’s another way to expand your vocabulary and understanding of the English language.
Quote: “Thinking outside the box” should be encouraged.
Unless it’s a litter box and you’re a cat.
How to Play Mah Jongg:
This tutorial explains the game of Mah Jongg and the process in detail. These instructions have been field tested by appreciative beginners who praise their usefulness and merits. The visuals have proved to be especially helpful to learners; some of the examples are not found in any lesson books. The practice beginner card allows you to start playing the game immediately. Also included are some variations for playing the game with fewer than four players.
How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles:
Sudoku is a game of logic and elimination. Though most Sudoku puzzles use numbers, the problem-solving process has very little to do with mathematical concepts. Once you master the basic step-by-step techniques, you will realize how relatively easy it is. If solving this type of puzzle appeals to you, you may want to go further and try other, more complex brain teasers, such as Kakuro and KenKen.
Have fun! Good luck.