Learning to Play Bridge
If you have ever thought about learning to play bridge I would recommend the Bridge Base Online. Bridge Base Online is a free place to learn to play bridge and offers ACBL games.
Duplicate bridge is a little different than what most of our parent’s played when we were little. Normally called, Kitchen Bridge because our moms played it in the kitchen or around the dining room table.
Duplicate bridge follows the same rules of the game, but every table in the place will play the same hand at some point in the game. Duplicate bridge is very competitive. Here in the USA, the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) regulates the game and awards Master Points to those winning a sanctioned game. Master Points (MPs) are how you are ranked world wide against other players.
Bridge Base Online (BBO) was founded as a way for players to enjoy a game while traveling, or just to be able to play with friends from around the world. It has grown to be the largest bridge center in the world.
Bridge Base Online offers free and premium bridge services to bridge players of all levels.
Our home page lets you play bridge using your browser. Macs welcome.
If you prefer, download and install our older Windows program.
We offer duplicate matchpoints, duplicate IMPs, rubber bridge, duplicate tournaments and team matches.
Our frequent “Vugraph” broadcasts present live matches from around the world and are enhanced by expert commentary. A full list of features is available here.
Our member community is large (100,000+) and active (thousands of people online).
The discussion boards are busy. Our friendly volunteers are usually online to help with questions and problems.
BBO is a business and offers ACBL-sanctioned club games as well as the occasional advertisement.
Nevertheless, BBO is primarily a labor of love. Our goal is to use BBO as a platform to promote the game of bridge throughout the world.
BBO is easy to join..and free to use for most games. The only games that have fees are those that are sanctioned by the ACBL and will award MPs to the winners. Otherwise, you can play and learn for free.
One word to the warning for those with younger players. I only allow my children to play in the youth areas of the site. Because this is opened to people from all over the globe, language issues as in barriers and use of foul – abound. In the youth areas this is controlled and monitored. The ACBL games also control and monitor behaviors of the players. If your younger players are in either of these two areas, they should be able to learn and play without problems.
Thought about learning to play bridge? Come on over and sign up. Let me know your user name and I will “friend” you on BBO and we can play bridge together.