Contract Bridge Evolved From the English Game of Whist, But Remains Popular Today

Today, you can ask any serious card player “What is the greatest card game ever played?” Without exception, the answer you are most likely to hear is “Bridge of course!” And why shouldn’t they be so confident? Bridge is a card game enjoyed by more people around the world than any other. It can be enjoyed by a casual group of friends that get together only occasionally for an evening of cards, or it can be played more seriously at clubs, or in tournaments. Either way, you will find the game to be truly fascinating, challenging, and most importantly, always enjoyable.How did the game of Bridge evolve? Lets’ look backwards from today and discover its’ origins. When one says they play Bridge today, it is generally assumed they are talking about Contract Bridge. This version is the most popular variation of Bridge played today; other versions exist, but Contract has been the world leader for the past eighty years. We play Bridge today according to the scoring rules which were developed by Harold Vanderbilt in the mid 1920s. For the 20 years or so that preceded Mr. Vanderbilts’ revolutionary scoring system, Auction (also known as Straight ) was all the rage.If one goes further back in time, you will discover that in the late nineteenth-century the game was known as Bridge Whist which evolved from the original version of Whist some 300 years earlier in England. So there you have it in a nutshell: The game which started as Whist eventually became Bridge Whist, then briefly enjoyed popularity as Auction Bridge, then ultimately morphed into Contract Bridge which is the game we know today.Some variations of the game exist today:- Four Deal ( a.k.a. “Chicago”) as the name suggests last only four deals. Played with 52 cards.
– “Rubber” has no predetermined length, and is often played for money. Played with 52 cards.
– “Duplicate” is where the same set of hands are dealt and played by different sets of players. A game for at least eight players. Played with 52 cards.
– “Honeymoon” is designed for only two players. Played with 52 cards.Bridge cards are slightly narrower than traditional poker cards due to the fact that players are typically holding many cards in their hands at once, and are preferred by serious players. Finding a place to play Bridge should be no problem at all. nearly every town of any size has a local club already established.