Winking Falcon Productions
Are you interested in learning how to play Bridge?
There are many aspects to playing the game of Bridge. It is a popular card game that will provide immense challenges and enjoyment for the rest of your life. Begining lessons can include an introduction to bidding, the play of hands and proper game etiquette. Also included in beginning lessons is learning how to play with a partner, hand valuation, hand shapes, game levels, trump vs. no trump, and more. Lessons can be designed for someone who wants to learn how to play bridge who has never played bridge before or for someone wanting to advance their play.
Do you want to improve your game?
Lessons can be developed to teach gadgets that can help players to become more proficient in the bidding and the playing of bridge hands. Bidding devices which can be addressed may include: Stayman, Puppet Stayman, Transfers, 2 Over One, Gerber, Blackwood, Roman Key Card, Cue Bidding, Unusual No Trump, Michaels, Bergen, Doubles, Strong 2 Club, Ogust, 2-Club Asking, Dont, Drury, and more.
Instruction can be given individually or in groups of 4 or more. The majority of time will be spent learning by playing hands related to the lessons with discusions afterwards. Handouts will be made available.
History of the game.
The origin of contract bridge is based on the English card game of whist. The game is played with a 52-card deck and 4 players. Each player is dealt 13 cards, which are separated in suits. (With the Ace being the highest and the 2 being the lowest.)
The main idea behind contract bridge is much like when a lawyer writes a contract. When a contract is fulfilled or met, justice is prevailed and the client wins; but when a contract is broken or not met there are lawsuits, consequences result and the client is penalized. Bridge is similar to this.
A contract in bridge is when a bidder bids at a level where he/she promises to take a certain number of tricks. If a bidder makes the contract, he is rewarded by earning a higher score; but if the contract is not met, his opponents are rewarded with a score which sometimes can be a better score.
There are a total of 13 cards per person, which gives us a total of 13 possible tricks. Ace being the highest and the 2 being the lowest. Unlike some card games, bridge can be played in a suit contract where trump ensues when a suit cannot be followed; or it can be played in no trump, where in order to take a trick, players must follow the suit to get tricks. There are no tricks made by trumping because the contract has no trump.
Contract bridge is generally played with only four players. Duplicate Bridge is a form or contract bridge except for in the way the cards are dealt and the number of players. The deals are duplicated in a way where multiple players play the same hands and success is measured by how well the hands are played compared to the other players playing the same hands.
Tim Kohl is a retired high school/middle teacher who is an award winning bridge player. He has become more involved with bridge since his retirement. He is an ACBL Life Master and recieved his ACBL teaching certification in Gatlinburgh, Tenn.