This week I am posting a 10 minute video that shows how to learn the basics of card play for ‘Contract Bridge’ – It assumes no prior card knowledge.
Bridge basics is very straightforward. After following this first video you will certainly be able sit at a table, play for ‘tricks’ ‘ (What are tricks?) and have a good time doing so. Kids will find the video particularly easy to follow.
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If you follow the link, you will be taken to the video. Once there, you can sign up to my YouTube video channel if you wish to view the next videos in the series. You can also join this website blog by clicking the yellow ‘Join up’ button above to ensure you do not miss out on future postings. (You may also want to view the ‘BridgeKidsCanada‘ video channel that Daniel Lavee has put together. He has video interviewed loads of celebrity Bridge players and their views are very interesting).
Once you have viewed my video, I would suggest that it is best to just play at this level for a while, get a feel for the card play, and have fun. Don’t worry about whether you are following the rules to the letter, because as you progress it will all become clearer. If anything needs clarifying, just send me a message or post a comment about it, and I or another reader, will answer your query.
At some point you will want to move on and take the next steps toward playing ‘Contract Bridge’ proper. I will either be sourcing or recording videos that take you through each sequential stage. At each stage of learning, the game becomes more and more enjoyable, challenging and fun.
In preparing this video I have borrowed the techniques of David Adelman. When you see David stand in front of 100 primary school kids in a hall and capture their attention over a 1 to 2 hour session (depending on age) and teach them mini-Bridge from the standpoint of them starting with little or no card knowledge at all, you become a convert to his wonderful methods. With his massive conversion rates of children loving these sessions, it seems an ideal opportunity to encourage the uptake of a structured syllabus of skill sets that children can then aspire to master.
Would you like me to prepare some downloadable pdf tutorials to support the videos? I will, but only if there is demand, so please leave a comment/ requests in the box below…