“Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to make something simple.”
(Sir Richard Branson)

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Why Play Bridge?
The research says it’s good for you!

How to Play Bridge – Step 1 for Beginners

These five simplified lessons will get you started on the way to enjoy the wonderful game of bridge. Use the quizzes and answers to test your knowledge and understanding. Once you have the basics — the opening bids with 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 a new learner the confidence to play the game and yet not so much information that a beginner is overwhelmed with complicated bids.

How to Play Bridge – Step 2 for Beginners

After you have played for awhile, you will want to expand your knowledge. Here are some additional lessons to improve and enhance a beginner’s skill level. Once you’ve mastered these lessons, you should have enough information to play the game with almost anyone. You may not feel so accomplished immediately, but with experience, you will continue to improve.

Pocket Guide for Beginner Bridge

A summary of the lessons from this website in a handy little booklet. Very popular with my website visitors.

Bridge Placemats

A great idea for helping new players learn more quickly.

Put your bidding into action — 16 Practice Games For 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.

More Practice Games — for 2/1 or Standard American systems

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Lesson 1 – Lesson Plan and Resources

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Weekly Bidding Quizzes

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Hand of the Week – For Intermediate Players

Once you have learned the basics, you may want to challenge yourself. Here are some games which require “thinking outside the box,” using strategy and analysis. That’s why bridge is so much fun!

Keeping Score in Bridge

Sooner or later, you will want to keep score. Here is some information on this and an easy scoring chart.

“2 Over 1” – Three Beginner Lessons to Start

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 straightforward 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, puns, anagrams and solving clues, you will likely enjoy cryptic crosswords. Another benefit — it helps 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 teachers and grateful beginners who praise their usefulness and merits. The visuals on the Help Sheet and the reminders are great! Some of the examples are not found in any lesson books. The fake practice beginner card allows you to start playing the game immediately.

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.

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