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About MiniBridge

MiniBridge is a simplified version of the game of bridge. It is widely used as a precursor to learning bridge for both school aged children and adults, and is universally found to be both effective and enjoyable.

Playing MiniBridge provides a superb environment for beginners to become comfortable with the etiquette and mechanics of contract bridge before they embark upon learning the auction phase of the full game. This allows new players to begin playing immediately and is enjoyable for an experienced bridge player as well as a beginner. Developing your bridge game has a lot of benefits in addition to being a compelling recreation. All forms of bridge teach critical thinking skills such as concentration, logic, inference and memory. It also teaches important life lessons: patience, self-control, tolerance, and perseverance, working towards a goal, the need for self-improvement and objective self-criticism, how to behave as a champion and how to lose gracefully. As a partnership activity, those new to bridge develop the skills and techniques necessary to work together as a team in order to beat their opponents.

Want to learn to play? Join us at an upcoming MiniBridge game, use our MiniBridge Resources, or contact a bridge club!

Local Bridge Clubs

Bridge Club of Houston
1609 Spring Cypress, Spring 77388

Clear Lake Bridge Club
11614 Sea Lark, Houston 77062

Westside Bridge Academy
9000 SW Freeway, Suite 290
Houston, TX 77074

How can I share my passion with friends and family through MiniBridge?

As a bridge player you know and understand the fascination of the game, but how best to get your friends and family involved?

MiniBridge is a great starter for players of all ages. It provides a simplified format to learn the basic skills of the game without the need to tackle the complexity of bidding.

Hints for success:

  1. It must be fun. So relax and let the players play. You will have an overwhelming urge to make sure everyone does everything perfectly. Let them play and make mistakes. It is the best way for them to learn.
  2. In the beginning, focus only on the mechanics such as how to count points, dealer announcing first, playing in turn, following suit, leading from the correct hand.
  3. Encourage success. If they fail to make the contract you can offer very simple hints (“Do you see that if you could have used the trumps in the dummy to win a trick?”)
  4. Keep score. People tend to focus more when they can see the score results.
  5. The game is simple. Partscore (one-level) or game. Forget about slams.
  6. Encourage stretching to try a game-level contract.
  7. Limit discussion. Playing the cards is key.