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Bridge Life


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Designed to resemble the ACBL’s greatest member benefit, the Bridge Bulletin, Bridge Life contains lessons and articles specifically chosen for players new to the bridge community. ACBL membership features are described, which makes Bridge Life ideal for attracting social players to the game. Download is available below.

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  1. Wonderful look at bridge, bridge articles too difficult for newer players

    Posted by Kathy Venton on 22nd Jan 2015

    When I first opened the magazine I looked it and couldn't wait to give it to the party bridge players who come to supervised play or take classes. I decided to read it cover to cover before giving it out. Bridge Life does a great job highlighting the benefits of joining the ACBL.

    An improvement would be to have simpler, more basic lessons on page 17 & 18. Let's start with the bidding on page 17. The only doubles social bridge players for the most part know are take out doubles and penalty doubles. I think talking about support doubles is beyond their comprehension of the game. Unblocking plays to get off an end play are not concepts new players ever think about. New players don't know how to do an end play let along be thinking about the defense for one. More at a new players level would be overtaking partners lead of a K if they have AX so as not to block the suit.

    On page 18 Frank Stewart is talking about bidding at IMPs. Social players will have no idea what Mr. Stewart is talking about. A basic giving count so partner knows when to take their Ace would be more helpful.

    The books I use to teach bridge are for the most part written by Audrey Grant, Barbara Seagram, Eddie Kantar, and Caroline Sydnor. What you want is a concept they can easily understand, but may not have thought through yet. You want to give them a lesson just a few a bit beyond what they currently know. The hands need to be fun.

    If you would be able to on your next printing swap out that page with the two bridge authors most party bridge players recognize and by the way love and respect, Barbara Seagram and Audrey Grant. One page by one and one page by the other and you'd have a perfect draw for the huge number of social bridge players who will wander into an ACBL sanctioned club.

    Eddie Kantar's lessons are perfect for new players and Jerry's also hits the right note.

    I will give Bridge Life out and if those new to duplicate players find the hands on 17 & 18 too difficult I'll show them the Newer Player section in the Bulletin.

    Thanks for this magazine.

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