Thursday, 4 April 2013

Bridge Bidding Cheat Sheet

There's a lot to remember when you start learning to play bridge.  How many points do you need to open the bidding?  Can you open the bidding if you hold fewer points?  When should you make a major suit bid?  When to make a minor suit bid, or a No Trumps bid.  Should you support partner's suit or bid another suit?  Do you have enough points to bid for game, or maybe to bid for a small or large slam?

There's a lot to remember and it can be embarrassing and stressful if you forget or get it wrong.  The perfect answer is a bridge bidding cheat sheet.  Then you will have all the basic bidding facts in a handy, easy to read guide to help you to make the correct bid quickly and without embarrassment.

Where will you find a bridge bidding cheat sheet?  At No Fear Bridge, of course!  Members can download the crib sheet, print it out and have it handy whenever they are playing bridge online - or practicing their bridge bidding and play exercises.

How do you become a member?  That's easy too.  If you want to learn to play Acol bridge just click here NOW. (Acol bridge is widely played in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand)

If you want to learn to play American Standard bridge, just click here NOW. (American Standard bridge is widely played online and in most of the rest of the world)

Whichever system you choose to play, the bridge bidding cheat sheet will help you on your way.
Bridge cheat sheet - small extract
Bridge Bidding Cheat Sheet

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Bridge Bidding Flash Cards

Bridge bidding flash cards are a simple and easy way of improving your bridge bidding.

How Do They Work?

The front of the card has a question on a bidding topic of your choice.  You just read the question and work out your answer.

You might find it helpful to use a real pack of cards.  Deal yourself the hand shown on the flash card, which will help bring the question to life.

When you have worked out the answer - or if you don't know the answer - click on the card to display the answer.

Here are a couple of Acol bridge samples for you to try.  (Unlike on the real site, these aren't clickable, just scroll down for the answers).

Sample 1
This sample is on the topic of Stayman bidding

bridge bidding flash card

Sample 2
This sample is on the topic of opening bids in Acol bridge

Here are the answers.  Did you get them right?
Sample 1
Sample 2

Now you can see how the flash cards work, why not join No Fear Bridge for your two week free trial.  Look in the "My Flash Cards" section and  you will find flash cards on a wide range of topics for you to practice.  You can see more samples at Blueberry Bridge.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Bridge Holidays For Beginners 2013

Each year I put together a round up of all the bridge holidays for beginners that I can locate online.

Here is the list for 2013.

HF Holidays - each year HF run short breaks for absolute beginners.  Good company, good food in beautiful surroundings.

Dordogne Bridge Holidays run one week courses for beginners on a 50 acre estate in the French countryside.  Courses can be in Acol bridge or 5 card majors, although much of the material taught is relevant to both systems.

Arbuthnot Holidays are running 4 night holidays in Spain, which includes provision for beginners.

Begin Bridge offer several weekends, including weekends for absolute beginners, at various locations around the UK.

** NEW ** - Site For American Standard Bridge Players

Until Jan 2013 this site has been aimed at Acol bridge players.  This is the system of bridge that is played in the UK and a few other countries.

However, most of the world uses a different system.  And there is now a No Fear Bridge website for beginning and improving players of American Standard bridge.

As well as being widely played across the world, this is the system used by most online bridge websites.  So if you want to play bridge online - this is the system for you.

You can now choose which site to join.

To learn Acol bridge - click here

To learn American bridge - click here