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  Home of 500,000 acres of corn and soybeans,
      the University of Illinois Fighting Illini,
          the Bridge at Ginger Creek duplicate club,
               the Illini Regional Bridge Tournament  (May 20-26, 2014) and

    

Karen's Bridge Library

For bridge players . . . current and aspiring

Bridge books,
   software &
gifts

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For Beginners

  The basics -- Lessons on how to play bridge

 Introduction Hand evaluation Opening leads
 Bridge glossary

Which suit to respond?

Defensive play
 Bidding "cheat sheet" Responder's bids in competition Declarer Play: Forming a Plan
 Opening 1-bids Responding to 1NT Declarer Play: Establishing Tricks
 Opening and rebidding minors Overcalls & takeout doubles Declarer Play: The Finesse
 Basics for responder The reverse by opener Declarer Play: Simple Odds
 Opening 2-bids (strong) The rest of the auction Rubber-bridge strategy
 Opening 3-bids Forcing & non-forcing bids Quick tips to improve your game
 Opening 4-bids Slam bidding  

 

  Learning to play bridge -- How to get started, and get better


Bridge for Beginners and Beyond

   A self-teaching guide to good bridge for beginning and intermediate players.

   Updated & expanded 16th edition

    Why play bridge?  Developing your "card sense"
    Group classes & self-teaching     FREE Learn to Play Bridge software
    On-your-own activities to build skills  Web links to good sites for learners

 

  

For Advancing Players

  Lessons and convention summaries -- For experienced beginners and intermediates

 Balancing over 1-bids Negative doubles "Law" of Total Tricks
 Balancing over other auctions Michaels & Unusual 2NT overcalls     5-level decisions
 New Minor Forcing Jacoby transfers Lebensohl in 1NT auctions
 Bidding over opponents' preempts Jacoby 2NT major-suit raise Lebensohl over weak two-bids
 Opening lead strategies Drury convention Lebensohl over reverses
 Trump leads & lead conventions DONT convention Soloway-Style Jump Shifts
 Weak two-bids Roman Keycard Blackwood Negative freebids (5 parts)

  Duplicate bridge

IMP (teams) strategy Matchpoint (pairs) strategy Web links for duplicate players

Discover the Fun & Challenge of Duplicate -- a booklet on duplicate play, scoring, customs & strategies.   PDF format

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For Intermediate to Advanced Players

  Advanced bidding conventions and treatments

 2-over-1 Game-Force System Opener's Jump-Reverse Strong Jump Shifts  (3 parts) 
 Forcing Notrump Convention Defenses to 2-Suited Overcalls  (3 parts) Your 2C Bidding Structure  (4 parts)

  ACBL Bridge Bulletin articles -- Negative Freebids, Opening Leads, Troubles with Redoubles, "12 Habits" series

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For Players of All Skill Levels

District 8 Advocate newsletter -- Bridge features, Solvers Forum column & Midwest bridge news.
     Published bi-monthly by ACBL District 8.
     Archive
of previous issues & Solvers Forum columns.

  District 8 Online -- Homepage of District 8 of the American Contract Bridge League (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri)

  Bridge Bulletin article -- On bridge and basketball

  Flashes of brilliance -- Bridge feats & fun (all true) from my favorite partners & team-mates

 The one that got away If I had bid hearts ... Sometimes, pessimism pays off
 Toby and the Passion Coup Count, count, count The Obvious Solution  (a bridge poem)
 A rare trump squeeze A nightmare on opening lead Concentration  (another bridge poem)
 The missing redouble cards Never put down an 8-card suit in dummy Bridge & poker  (interview with Barry Greenstein)

  Bridge books and software

Bridge Bookstore -- Recommendations and reviews of good books for beginner, intermediate and advanced players, with links for discounted purchases from Amazon.com

Newest bridge books

Gifts for bridge players -- Bridge software packages, game supplies, clothing, jewelry and other specialty gifts

Bridge for Beginners and Beyond -- A self-teaching guide and class textbook 

"Learn to Play Bridge" software -- Teach yourself to play with these free programs from ACBL

Travel links for bridge players -- Online booking sites, ACBL club directories, tournament calendars, bridge vacations

Online clubs -- Links to multi-player bridge games on the Internet


Try a free week of OKbridge

Free online bridge & Vugraph

  Download a free demo of Bridge Baron software

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Bridge in Champaign-Urbana IL

Bridge at Ginger Creek -- Champaign-Urbana's community bridge center     Club calendar & game results     Club photo album

Local bridge lessons

Illini Regional Tournament -- May 20-26, 2014 (Memorial Day), Hawthorn Suites, Champaign IL 

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And some personal stuff . . .

 A brief photo album         A tribute to my first bridge teacher 

Christmas letters, travelogues & photos: 

   England 2001      Ireland 2003        Scotland 2004      France 2006  

   Hawaii 2006        Alaska & DeNali Park 2010             South Africa 2011

   Galapagos Islands 2013     Peru 2013

For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name,
He marks -- not that you won or lost -- but how you played the game.

                                                                       -- Grantland Rice

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