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Bridge; My New Hobby

Updated on March 10, 2016

Why Do I Like Bridge?

I like to learn new thinks, being social and have various hobbies such as photography, reading, reading about art history, visiting art galleries etc..

My aunt who loved playing bridge suggested me to enroll a bridge learning & playing class in her bridge club. I went to the course, in the first weeks Bridge seemed confusing to me. There were too many rules and it was difficult to remember these rules while playing.

But than as the days pass I began to think Bridge as a fascinating game. I don't get bored playing the game as each hand is different and there are so many strategies. My mind is very active, I feel alive.

I have many friends in the club. I am more social. I feel more active.


5 Good Reasons To Play Bridge

Intellectually stimulating. Even if we have spent a whole day working hard, bridge is a totally different kind of thinking that is probably more fun than work.

You will have an active social life. In my bridge class there are 25 good educated, clever people who became great friends.

It's a life-long game. You won't get too old for it like you will with tennis or golf.

To be competitive. Bridge can be for little old ladies just killing time but it can be a very competitive game too.

You fell successful. There are generally not any monetary prizes in bridge but you win master-points, which you can accumulate and show off to friends.

Omar Sheriff famous actor of Doctor Zhivago was a good Bridge Player

Famous Bridge Players

Winston Churchill

Margaret Thatcher

Gandhi

Omar Sharif

Bill Gates....

Bridge can improve your physical health

Bridge is the best way to exercise your memory to delay the onset of Alzheimers disease.

History of Bridge

Galata bridge is "the Bridge"

First Bridge players were in Istanbul.

Known bridge playing goes as far back as late 1800's. The word "bridge" comes from the Galata Bridge, where bridge players crossed every day to go to play cards.

(B7's note: I don't agree with the people who say that the word is derived from a word similar to bridge-- britich, biritch, britch, beach, etc. Because the bridge players at that time were highly educated I believe that they surely could properly spell a word that they pronounced.. )

The bridge in the picture is Galata Bridge. The people crossing the bridge can be the first bridge players in the world..

Galata Tower can be seen at the top of the hill. It is located in the new part of European Istanbul. Bridge was a very popular game in Istanbul then..

Later, the so-called "kings of bridge" replaced the sultans of bridge. The first king was a very rich man in US: Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt. Mr. Vanderbilt brought rules and a method of scoring to the bridge game. Later in 1930s Mr. Ely Culbertson published the laws of contract bridge. In 1950s Mr. Charles Goren added some methods which helped to popularize the bridge game. Goren was known as "King of Aces". Some of his methods are still used. In 1958 World Bridge Federation was founded. Today, bridge is the most popular card game in the World.


Bridge Makes You More Bright

Bridge exercises both sides of your brain. Bridge is one of the few games that stimulates both the left and right sides of your brain. Every time you play, you use -- and improve -- your skills in communication, logic, math, memory, visualization and psychology. It's a unique type of mental workout that is both relaxing and invigorating, and that can't be duplicated by other leisure or work-related activities

Agatha Christie Wrote a Book About Bridge - A Hercule Poirot Mistery

An enjoyable evening of bridge turns into a murder investigation when the flamboyant host Mr Shaitana is found dead. Can the four invited investigators - Hercule Poirot, Superintendent Battle, Colonel Race and Ariadne Oliver - discover which of the other four guests is the killer? All four had the opportunity - and all four have something to hide. After all, their host seemed certain that each of them had already got away with murder.

This is one of Christie's 'locked room' mysteries. Will Cuppy wrote in Books (New York Herald Tribune), "We always say there's nobody quite like Agatha Christie when she puts her mind to it, and that's what she has done in Cards on the Table."

Intrıducing Bridge

Some terminology...

Bridge terminology

Trick. Four cards played in clockwise succession by each of the four players, starting at trick one with a card from the player to the left of the declarer (the player who first named the denomination of the final contract) and later starting with the player who won the previous trick. There are 13 tricks in the play of each deal.

Auction. The process by which the final contract is achieved. The dealer starts the auction with a bid or a pass. A deal is passed out if there are four successive passes at the start, but in most cases the auction continues until there are three consecutive passes.

Contract. The number and denomination (suit or no-trump) representing the number of tricks your side must win. If you and your partner bid to 3 ♣, for example, you have contracted to take nine tricks with clubs as trumps. If you fulfill your contract, you can earn a bonus. If you fail, you incur a penalty. Contracts go all the way from 1 ♣ (seven tricks) to 7NT (13 tricks).

Game. Whenever your side fulfills a contract that produces a score of 100 or more (see the next chapter for scoring basics), you have earned a game bonus. Any bid, pass, double, or redouble. A bid is always a call, but a call is not necessarily a bid. A bid requires a number and a suit (or no-trump). Pass, double, and redouble are calls, not bids.

Hand. Thirteen cards. This is different from a deal, which is all fifty-two cards dealt and played by the four competitors. Players refer so often to a full deal as a “hand” that the terms have become interchangeable.

Duplicate. The form of the game played at bridge clubs and tournaments. Cards are not mixed up and reshuffled when a deal is over. The same deals are played over and over by different players, and the scoring comes from comparisons after all the rounds have been played in a session.

Do you Play Bridge?

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    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      5 years ago from Istanbul

      @SusanRDavis: never played pinochle, thanks for your visit:))

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      Susan R. Davis 

      5 years ago from Vancouver

      I have, but I like partnership pinochle better. In many ways, it is similar to bridge.

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @DrBillSmithWriter: Thanks for your second visit:)))

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Ah, I see I have been here, before, as the blue Like says I have... still fun to visit again. ;-)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I've already learned some new things about Bridge! THANKS! ;-)

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @whodiesinthenew: Yes, there are so many rules and variations... It is my second year and our teacher introduces new rules every lesson...

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @juditpaton: Thanks. I hope you will have a beautiful spring and play bridge:))

    • whodiesinthenew profile image

      whodiesinthenew 

      6 years ago

      I tried to learn playing bridge once but it was too much for me...

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      6 years ago from Ozun

      I love bridge too, used to play in clubs, can not get there when we have such a heavy winter, but i do miss it, you are right, helps for memory management, but gives addiction...(Lol)Nice lens, i never knew anout the bridge Turkish roots.

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @PaulaSquidoo: I am still taking lesson, hope to start tournaments. Yes there is a lot to learn...

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      PaulaSquidoo 

      6 years ago

      I love to play bridge. It's one of those games that takes a lifetime to master. Great lens.

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      I agree bridge make you think... and it is addicted. Great lens

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks:)

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @getmoreinfo: Yes, some people win tournaments and receive rewards. Like your uncle they are very good players.

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      I have an uncle who is really good at playing cards, he even makes a living at it.

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Really interesting! I remember that my grandmother used to play bridge, and so did Lucy and Ethel on I Love Lucy. I hadn't really thought about all the advantages of bridge, the social aspect as well as the mental stimulation and the competition. I learned a lot from this!

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @happynutritionist: Thanks:))

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      happynutritionist 

      6 years ago

      The first time I ever heard about bridge was on the 1950's-60's popular TV show, Leave it to Beaver, June Cleaver belonged to a bridge club, I believe. It is interesting to read how it is played and I can see it would take a little time to learn, but sounds fun!

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @anonymous: Thanks:)

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @lyttlehalfpint: Thanks:)

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @BobBlackUK: You should try. Thanks for the comment:)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Bridge is a great social outlet for a lot of people and you are right when you talk about the stimulation, a great story and I am glad you enjoy it

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      I haven't played cards in so long. You're lens is really informative. Nicely done!

    • lyttlehalfpint profile image

      lyttlehalfpint 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Informative and for the first time ever, I kinda get bridge.

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      Bob Black 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for the explanation. Bridge is something I'm sure I have the mind for but just never got round to learning. Maybe one day!

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      Brandi 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      @bibliopola: And thanks for visiting my "About MamaBush" lens! Nice to meet you, fellow RocketSquid! :)

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @NeilTryAthlete: It is complicated but is also enjoyable.

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @earthybirthymum: Yes it is a brain booster and is fun too.

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @Brandi Bush: Thanks for your comment:)

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @anonymous: Thanks:)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I dinbt really kinow much about Bridg before reading your lens. Thanks for sharing it was very informative

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      Brandi 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      I didn't know anything about bridge before reading your lens...thanks for sharing! ;)

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      earthybirthymum 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Learning to play bridge is on the to do list, your right playing cards especially bridge would be a brain booster.

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      NeilTryAthlete 

      6 years ago

      Wow, bridge seems like a really complicated game. I can understand why it keeps the little gray cells well exercised. I, on the other hand, will probably just stick to snap! ;-)

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @annieangel1: Thanks:)

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      Ann 

      6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      thanks for sharing this - well done

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @Country-Sunshine: Thanks. ı really enjoy bridge.

    • bibliopola profile imageAUTHOR

      Işın Tuzcular 

      6 years ago from Istanbul

      @MartieG: Thanks:)) Poker is an enjoyable game too..

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I tried to play years ago and decided I was not going to be a good player! Love poker though! good lens!

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      Country Sunshine 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I've never been interested in this game, but know some people who swear by it! Glad you found something you enjoy, that is also good for the mind & body!

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