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January 2013 Bridge Newsletter

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“Many thanks to our 20,000 visitors in 2012”

Happy New Year to all my readers, may  health  prosperity and happiness abound!


We have put the festive mode behind us and are hard at work.   But we are counting the days until 18th of February when we leave for the Canaries.


 We will be booking our flights this week and have already begun e-mailing our holiday friends to arrange meetings and meals out.


I have been ceaselessly trolling the web for useful tid bits, in between necking the odd G and T and Christmas cake and wonder if the following might be of some interest.


Fred Gitelman has produced some soft ware which sounds really helpful.




His free lesson software has been downloaded by tens of thousands of players worldwide. Learn to Play Bridge I is for beginners;

 Learn to Play Bridge II is for those who know the basics but want to develop their playing, bidding and defense skills.

 It was developed by Fred Gitelman of Bridge Base Inc. and funded by the ACBL.








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Another source of instruction is below, again it sounds useful.


Dear Bridge Novice,

Bridge is a great game which can help you to make new friends and remain mentally active as you get older but
it is difficult to learn to play bridge without some help.

Where does someone with no, or very little experience, start?

I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the great game of bridge when I was in my University days at Bristol.

Now, over 50 years later, I have been playing ever since and have also been teaching bridge for over 30 years.




During that time I have taught hundreds and hundreds of people how to play bridge.

 I still play regularly myself and enjoy the mental challenges that every game of bridge brings       

As well as being a game which is mentally very stimulating, bridge is also a great game for meeting other people.

The game of bridge is played in pairs and there are many clubs throughout the world where people can join and meet new friends.

In this day and age with all the technology, there are also many opportunities to play bridge on The Internet against people from all over the world, but to be able to take part in an online game of bridge, or any game of bridge for that matter, you have to know how to play - what to bid, what card to play first, what other people really mean when they bid, etc.

To help all novice bridge players, I've written:

'The Beginners Guide to Bridge'


  • The course enables people to go from complete beginner to someone who can play at a bridge club or with friends
  • No prior experience of bridge is required! I assume that you are a total beginner and take you step by step through the stages needed to become a competent bridge player.

Obviously apply more to my USA followers but I hope to find

similar sites more applicable to European readers.











These books are advertised by the Acol book store and come highly recommended and are a mixture of US and European.

Good studying folks.





Guide to Better Acol Bridge (Master Bridge ...
by Ron Klinger

Basic Acol Bridge Flipper (Master Bridge Se...
by Ron Klinger

Understanding Acol: The Good Bidding Guide ...
by Eric Crowhurst




Tournament Acol: A System for Winners (Mast...
by David Bird

The Right Way to Play Bridge: The Complete ...
by Paul Meldelson

Acol Bridge for Bright Beginners (Master Br...
by Hugh Kelsey




Opening Leads for Acol Players (Master Brid...
by Mike Lawrence

Negative Doubles for Acol Players (Master B...
by Marty Bergen

The Daily Telegraph Easy Guide to Acol Bridge
by Patrick Jourdain



Pattie Dupree

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