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BIDDING & DISCUSSION FORUMS

GOOGLE GROUPS lists rec.games.bridge (RGB) with over 3,000 current topics and lots of great bridge teachers and experts sharing their knowledge of the game. RGB is the granddaddy of online bridge discussion forums - it was around before the world wide web!

Bridge Base Forums - lots of activity and interesting topics including Book Reviews.

Australian Bridge Magazine Online Bidding Forum. Five problems are posed every two months and visitors are invited to submit their answers with comments. The most interesting comments are presented with the answers. These are the same five problems that we run in the magazine. This allows us to also show the scores from the expert panel in the magazine. www.australianbridge.com, Paul Marston, Publisher and editor

 

THE CONVENTION CARD

BridgeWinners.com Convention Card Editor - join Bridge Winners for free and you'll find all sorts of wonderful stuff including a great ONLINE Convention Card Editor. Fill it out, save it, print it - awesome

ACBL Convention Card Editor - Download a PDF file that you can edit and print. Click here to download.

Download Chuck Tesler Convention Card Editor

Download Merlin Vilhauer's Card Editor

Download Lee Edwards' Convention Card Editor

ACBL's page on How To Fill Out The Convention Card : Conventional Wisdom. How to fill out the convention card line by line with advice from ACBL editors. PDF files.

 

NEW in the Bidders' Box

Summer 2013 : Two Over One www.twooverone.comThis site offers an interactive book on the Two over One bidding system. Each of the sixteen playbooks has an informational page, a quiz + eight practice hands. also there are 32 practice hands to test the students knowledge of the basic concepts.

December 2011:: Bidding Practice. You may be interested to know about saycbridge.com which I've found useful for bidding practice.

July 2011 :: ToyBridge blog It covers my play experiences with some side tracking into system design and evaluation. I have been updating it roughly every 3 days for about 6 months now and would very much like to be included on your link site. Daniel Skipper

May 2011: Bridgetoernool. On this site I have I have collected almost 130000 boards from major bridge tournaments. Visitors can view the deal the players the bidding and play. See the tournaments section. Richard van Haastrecht

February 2011 : Hondobridge Howard Schutzman's site contains free lesson material to download and most lessons are presented as excellent bridge movies, compliments of Kia Azziz,

ASK AN EXPERT

Many professional bridge players and teachers frequent the bridge newsgroup rec.games.bridge. Next time you have a bridge question simply post a message to the group: news:rec.games.bridge and take a look. Read about posting to RGB here. Read about Bridge Newsgroups here. November 2004 :: Everyone is talking : Join in on Rec Games Bridge through GOOGLE GROUPS : The newest and best way to enjoy a newsgroup.

Ask Anything! from the Fifth Chair Foundation. Here you can send a question on any bridge-related topic (bidding, play of hand, etiquette, systems, conventions, etc...) and get a response from an experienced player. CLICK HERE

Bridge Base Forums - lots of activity and interesting topics including Book Reviews. Post your bridge questions here!

 

BIDDING and PLAY

Jeff Tang's BRIDGE CONVENTIONS - Lot's of conventions on this Bidding page, part of Jeff Tan's excellent site.

Daily and Weekly Bridge Puzzles - a page on Great Bridge Links.

April 2010: The Composite Club - new link. book by Bill Hodgkiss on a strong club bidding system. Apart from the 1C opener, the system is largely based on natrual bidding. It is descibed in two forms: BASIC for easier assimilation and ADVANCED for more interested readers. Books.

May 2009 :: Great Modern Conventions. Will you add a link to my new site describing some conventions I have written? I hope you enjoy, Mo Clark

Dec 2007 :: Book: 1/1 Game Force, Henryk Mach. It provides information in the following categories: bidding systems, conventions, bidding theory, and humor.

Sep 2009 :: Double Dummy Corner - started in January 2001 for the benefit of people interested in double dummy bridge problems. Its main purposes are to provide a repository of every worthwhile DD problem that has ever been published; and to provide a medium for publication of new problems for competitive solving. It is updated every Sunday, in principle, subject to the vagaries of the webmaster's personal life.

December 2006 :: 1.3 of BbnOrganiser. This program enables you to organise your personal bridge bidding system. The program, documentation, etc can be found at http://bbn.tistis.nl/ The main improvements in version 1.3 concern bug fixes. Best regards, Tis Veugen

THE BECKER ARCHIVES :: Bid-em-ups for bidding practice available online at LarryCohen.com . Mike Becker, a future hall-of-famer, and son of the legendary B.J. Becker, has been compiling bidding practice deals for many years.  He was gracious enough to make them available to the public. Deals from the "Becker Archives" often appear in Bridge World magazine. Click on any set below then have your partner click (and print) the corresponding set for partnership bidding practice - bid over the phone, the internet or by email - smoke signals, telegraph or owl! Partnership Bidding Practice (courtesy of Mike Becker and Dave Berkowitz) Hosted by Larry Cohen. Great hand printouts, new set each month. Click Here ::>

August 31, 2003 - Bridge Calculators from Richard Pavlicek. These may not be new to some of you, but on a site this large cool things can get buried. As well, Richard has new URLs for these cool little utilities. Check it out!

Bidding Quest dot com - Online bidding with Bidding Quest - a site were you can bid for practice and/or compete in online bidding contests. Practice bidding with you partner. Bid 10 boards with an unknown partner. Compete against other pairs. Learn new systems. Improve your bidding technique. This site is lots of fun. Doesn't work in my Mac Internet Explorer 5, works fine with Netscape 6.1 on the Mac

PlayBRIDGE -Hand Generator - "It is a bridge education tool to be used to practice bidding, visualize hands or resolve what-if situations. It also produces duplicate forms pre-filled with computer generated deals. You can generate random deals, seed your hand with selected cards or specify your strength and distribution requirements. I hope that the Internet bridge playing community will find playBridge useful and fun."

Nikos Sarantakos' bridge page Luxembourg - Articles and Quizzes. Originally published in Dutch and/or the Greek Bridge Federation magazines, Nikos Sarantakos presents problems from real-life deals played at the highest levels. In each problem, you face a decision, usually concerning a call or an opening lead.

Intermediate/Novice Bidding and Play material can be found in the Great Bridge Links Classroom

March 2006 - Bridge7 - BIG SITE with lots of info - bridge terms, theory, conventions and more. Practice your bidding and play online with these neat pages from Bridge7 (Yalcin Pekiner). Yalcin writes "Learn or improve your bridge by numerous exercises, tests and free software." He has recently completed "Conventions" Looks like there is a LOT on this site (IE5, mac)


Standard American Yello Card Conventions site

STANDARD AMERICAN YELLOW CARD
Most Comprehensive Site on the Net

Wayne Flournoy and Anna Marsh have put together a great site (click on SAYC logo). It includes a complete discussion of all aspects of the Standard American Yellow Card including its conventions and responses. It also discusses other common conventions used by players on OKbridge. The site is laid out to provide easy printing or online viewing, and has a gif file of the ACBL Convention Card for printing. It's everything you could want or need from a convention card site.

 

SYSTEMS AND CONVENTIONS COLLECTION SITES

ACBL's Commonly Used Conventions - With only 15 words allowed during an auction and just 13 cards in each suit, bridge players have invented dozens of special bids, called conventions, to describe their strength and hand patterns. These descriptions are from the ACBL Bridge Bulletin series called the Bidding Toolkit. A new bid is added monthly. Click here for Commonly Used Conventions

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INDIVIDUAL CONVENTIONS AND SYSTEMS PAGES

Posted in order of receipt. The newest submissions can be found higher on the page in the Recent Posts area

April 2010: The Composite Club - new link. book by Bill Hodgkiss on a strong club bidding system. Apart from the 1C opener, the system is largely based on natrual bidding. It is descibed in two forms: BASIC for easier assimilation and ADVANCED for more interested readers. Books.

March 2006 -BridgeHands Bridge Encyclopedia - new bridge instruction website. BridgeHands offers a well-indexed complete Bridge Encyclopedia with conventions and play narratives, comprehensive Laws reference for players/Directors, Tourney bulletins, free monthly eMagazine Newsletter, webhosting, reviews for cruise and books (including ordering). Owner : Michael Nistler

March 2006 - Contract Bridge on Wikipedia : a community of sites dedicated to providing high-quality informative web content, similar to Wikiverse above. Available in 16 languages. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. In the English version, started in 2001, members are currently working on 1,030,462 articles. Anyone can drop in and correct, update or add to the content.

June 8, 2005 - Mark Abraham - The server upon which my bridge systems page was located suffered a catastrophic failure recently and is not being resurrected. . I would be grateful if you would update your links and bookmarks accordingly. For those who don't know, or have forgotten, there are descriptions of a number of symmetric relay systems, including strong club and strong pass methods, mostly with transfer-opening styles. There are also links to several other exotic Forcing Pass systems and bidding conventions. Regards, Mark Abraham

January 11, 2004 - The Modest Club - New Bridge Book : The Modest Club gives you dynamic distribution data fast. Think hard, right away. Project the possible auctions. Be prepared to handle surprises. Be ready to create them, too. Ted Warner, author.

May 27, 2003 - Henry Mach of PA, USA. Precision - 2/1 Mix and Weak 2 Diamond Opening: 5+ cards + 4 card major, 5-10 HCP

Feb 20, 2003 - Pannol Bidding System - copyright 1995-2002 James Wanless & Claire Gilman Link Updated Sep 2013

August 31, 2001 - MUTOS-MUlty Transfer Oriented System - Belgium. Eugeen Vannuten Bidding System- New modern innovative Bridge system, simple and yet accuraet. Link Updated Sep 2013

July 18, 20009 - Daniel Neill's cool links to systems and other bridge sites.

December 19, 1999 - The ETM Bidding Systems - by Glen Ashton. The "Everything That Matters" methods are systems, conventions, and bidding approaches designed to keep the important while eliminating the unnecessary.

November 13, 1999 - The Blue Team Club Home Page - A site dedicated to the famous bridge system played by Forquet, Garozzo, Franco, etc. The site is not yet in English, but the English version of the Arturo Franco and Benito Garozzo's System Notes is available for download. It is a very interesting 73 page system, more or less the same used by De Falco and Ferraro to win the las European Championship. Marco Pancotti.

October 22, 1999 - L_system - Bidding System. L system is for the idea of light opening: open the 5 card suit with 8-12HP, since the range is of highest probability. If we overcall with these hands, why not bid at the first chance.

Mike's MAGIC Bridge System called: M.A.F Netherlands, HERVELD N. - Mike's MAGIC bridge system, which many wonderful, completely new and very powerful properties. (December 31, 1998)

Prism Signals The sole content of the site is an 11 chapter e-book entitled Prism Signals. A hyped description- A Revolutionary Defensive Signal...Defender Signals Declarer's Distribution. A more down to earth description (a quote from the forward)- “The purpose of these pages is to demonstrate one fact: The four hands of a bridge deal are structurally interdependent.” (September 23, 1998)

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