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Grab a partner or come solo to play a little Bridge! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned bridge player, you are welcome to join us.

We are experimenting with dates and locations but for now we are planning to play Monday nights at Issaquah Brewhouse in downtown Issaquah. Games will start as early as 6pm and play as long as we feel like it. If someone wants or needs to play on a different night because of conflicts just post on the forum and we'll see what we can do.

What is a "beginner", you might ask? Bridge is one of the most complicated card games known to man. People can spend a lifetime developing and improving their game. It's also a partner game, so anything that you know (or don't know) will almost certainly affect the enjoyment level of your partner. Because of this, there are few things that you must know in order to be able to participate with your partner and the other players in a positive way:

How to count the points in your hand.

Game bidding strategies such as "getting to game"

Common opener and responder bidding patterns

Understand the relationship between the suits for bidding and scoring

Understand the basic concepts of playing the hand, such as:

 - Drawing Trump

 - Establishing a suit

 - Counting tricks

 - Play in trump and no-trump contracts

But you can definitely treat this like an open book test. Cheat sheets and player aids are perfectly fine and handy even for moderately experienced players.

There are tremendous resources available for getting to the required level of knowledge about the game. Here are some things that recent members have found useful:

Pocket Guide - http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0910791627?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Books -

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0939460904?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Practice games

I have really been enjoying an application available on Android and IPhone called FunBridge. You play against 2 computer players and with a computer partner. With each bid you can review what that bit is supposed to mean. Play of the hand is quite good. At the end of each hand you will see what the other players using the application bid for that hand and how it worked out. This is key for improving your skills and starting to learn what the best possible results for any particular hand might be. You do have to "pay to play", but for me it's totally worth it and it's helped me get back up to speed after many years of not playing.

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