Learning to play bridge is great way to meet people and keep your brain active and alert. But learning to play bridge can seem like a daunting task for a beginner, especially if you are older and don't feel you can learn as quickly as you once did.
Probably the best way of starting to learn how to play bridge is to find a local class – often these are run by local Adult Education Centers or Colleges or take place in village or community halls. If there is a beginner's bridge class in your area I would strongly suggest that you join it if you can. You will meed other people who are also starting to learn and the atmosphere should be relaxed and friendly.
Not everyone can join a class, though. There might not be a class near you. You might not be able to attend a class because of work, family or other commitments (have you noticed how everything you want to join seems to happen on the same night?) Or you might find getting to a class difficult for health reasons.
Whatever your situation, there is another way to learn. You can learn to play bridge online. You need to be able to cope with the basics of using a computer – and be able to control the mouse, but it isn't necessary to be a total computer whiz to benefit.
Anyone can use the site – from complete beginners to improvers and beyond. If you can't get to a beginners' class, you will find everything you need to learn to play bridge is on the site. There are tutorials for complete beginners, quizzes, hands to play, bidding practice, leads practice, hands of the day, progress charts, flash cards, daily tips and more, with new material being added regularly.
If you can attend a class, joining this site will help you get the most out of the class by giving you extra material to work on between lessons and allowing you to play bridge online from the comfort of your own home.
Many of the practice hands have audio feedback for incorrect play to help you understand where you went wrong and explain which card you should have played.
You can learn at your own pace and repeat each exercise and tutorial as often as you want. Computers don't get bored, or cross if you learn slowly. Your computer will happily let you go through each tutorial or practice hand or flash card as many times as you feel you want to. It won't mind if you do the same tutorial every day! This is a great resource if you feel a bit left behind in your classes or feel that you would like your tutor to cover topics again.