Learn to Play Bridge in Five Easy Lessons

“Complexity is your enemy.
Any fool can make something complicated.
It is hard to make something simple.”
(Sir Richard Branson)
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During these times of stress and isolation, it is important to keep ourselves healthy, both physically and mentally. Learning and playing bridge is an excellent way to keep our minds active. I create and post quizzes and answers on this page and my Facebook page to help my students and followers so they can continue to brush up on their bridge skills while practicing social distancing. Please stay home if you can, stay healthy, and stay safe.

Special Note for those who wish to use my Practice Games with BBO. These instructions were sent to me by a wonderful newer bridge player who loves my website and wanted to show me how he plays with friends, helps to teach others, and also plays with robots using BBO. Thank you, good friend! And my readers thank you, too. Click on link below to download.

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ATeacherFirst helps new bridge players learn the game using easy, simple steps. Here you will find five lessons to start, another five lessons to progress further, and many resources for future learning and helping others learn.

Before I learned to play bridge, I was a teacher for many years. Then I became a teacher of bridge. I was, and always will be, a teacher first. Hence the name for this website.

My teaching methods are based on best practices which I have acquired over many years of experience helping students learn. I base my lessons on structured, step-by-step learning and visual aids. Showing the cards, not as symbols, but as bridge players see them in their hands is one example. I strive to help beginners learn the basic rules but, more important, I try to show them how to apply the rules using logic while developing their analytical and problem-solving skills. I have included much repetition and applied practice into my quizzes and practice games because I believe that helps students learn faster and they will remember it better!

I strive to be: Simply, the best! 🙂

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Here is a short description of the bridge topics listed.

Why Play Bridge?
This explains some of the benefits to your health and well-being that can be achieved by playing bridge.

The first five lessons for playing bridge are covered under Step 1 for Beginners, including quizzes and answers to help self-assess your learning.

Step 2 for Beginners
continues with five more lessons. After completing the ten lessons, you should have a very good understanding of the bidding and should be able to play with a group quite comfortably. Learning how to play the hand takes practice, so play as often as you can.

Each lesson is supplemented with a set of  Practice Games (16 games) to apply the rules and play out the hands. The first two sets of Practice Games (for Lessons 1 and 2) are free. They are very useful to help you put your bidding and playing into practice in a focused way.

Many of my website visitors have purchased the Pocket Guide, the Bridge Placemats, and the additional Practice Games.

If you are curious or interested in “2 over 1” bidding, I have included three introductory lessons on this bidding system. Practice Games are available, created specifically to practice 2/1 bids. Bidding using Standard American rules are shown also, for those who want to use them as extra practice games. By comparing the two bidding systems side by side, it’s easier to see how they differ. This can help when you are playing against others who use the 2/1 bidding system even if you and your partner are not using it.

I have a Facebook page  page for my readers to try out their bidding skills.  Readers can read the analysis to improve their understanding and can comment on the bidding if they wish. Usually once a week, I post a hand that I bid and played which I call the “Hand of the Week.” I enjoy learning from these hands after the games are over; sometimes from my mistakes, sometimes from my “brilliant” bidding or playing (just joking), but also from my opponents. I hope you can learn better skills from them, too. Most important, I always have fun playing bridge and I always win  — that’s meant to be taken in a very positive way. What I mean by that is this: If I bid and play well, I win. If I bid and/or play poorly, I still win, because I have learned something from the experience and, hopefully, become a better player because of it.

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