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)

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

My motto is: “I like to play, but I love to learn!”


Teach your friends and family to play bridge with easy steps.
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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 are free.

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. Standard American Bridge bids are shown also, so they can be used as extra practice games for any system of bidding.

Each week, I post two partnership hands on Facebook (North and South hands) for my readers to bid, comment on and analyse to improve their understanding of the bidding rules and how they apply.

Once a week, I also post a “Hand of the Week” on this website showing actual games played by duplicate players with an analysis of each and the results. This is another good way to learn how to bid and improve your strategy.