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I’m about half through The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats and finding it quite enjoyable. Bill Gates is avid bridge player and plays on-line fairly frequently (not at MSN games, but at one of the bridge servers where the play is better), as does Warren Buffett.

I found a list of bridge blogs, for those who are interested. The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) has a site Bridge Is Cool to try to interest young people in learning bridge. ACBL’s main site is also of interest.

Great Bridge Links is a good and current compilation of links of all sorts—to software, clubs, tournaments, on-line play, and so on. Currently the best bridge-playing program is Jack ver. 4.0, written by a guy in the Netherlands. That’s a general purpose program, but there are also many specialized programs to work on a single aspect of the game, such as presenting exercises of one sort or another, or to assist you in documenting the conventions you use.

The site Bridge Doctor offers instruction, play and competition—it’s $7/month. Acol.info offers free lessons, using the Acol bidding system which apparently is the new popular set of conventions for bidding. (It’s name after the road on which it was developed.) Another site with free lessons for beginners is No Fear Bridge.

I’m going to the library today to pick up some bridge books, and I dug out Jack ver. 3.0 and ordered the upgrade to 4.0.

Written by Leisureguy

22 September 2007 at 8:44 am

Posted in Bridge, Games, Software

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