BRIDGE is a unequalable exciting cerebral arena… mix of versatile dowries: technique and fantasy, intuition and calculation of statistics probabilities , procedural honesty intellectual and deepened acquaintance, psycology and physical resistance, ability to concentration and speednes of glares, pitiless cynicism and human understanding of the weaknesses other people's own and united to those of the partner… ". Bridge it is not a simple game of cards but an exciting enigma in continuous evolution, mysterious and seducente just like life is. As well as remote its origin how much its destination. In fact, will continue to discuss about it till the end of the times… " The night in which it will be said the last word on bridge stars in the sky will inexorably begin to extinguish , one by one…".
ADVENTURE "Every Hand an Adventure" is what bridge is all about. It is the ultimate in intellectual competition. As you learn more, ever-increasing vistas unfold for your experimentation and enjoyment. Once you try it, you'll never give it up.
CHALLENGE As people develop and grow they search out challenges suitable to their current situation. Some never outgrow video games, but those who seek the highest level of mental stimulation move on to activities such as bridge.
ENTERTAINMENT Bridge is the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised.
W. Somerset Maugham
FASCINATION Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn't mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players and who were willing to keep the game going 24 hours a day.
INEXHAUSTABILITY I am still learning. I will never get it all.
LONGEVITY Because every hand is different, the intellectual challenge of bridge never ceases. Besides, and more importantly, my father often noted that, "If you don't play bridge, you'll have a miserable old age." Since that time is getting closer, this is no time for my interest in bridge to lag or diminish.
MENTAL CHALLENGE Many games provide fun, but bridge grips you. It exercises your mind. Your mind can rust, you know, but bridge prevents the rust from forming.
MULTIPLICITY OF REWARDS Bridge is simultaneously fascinating and fun. In pursuit of winning you meet the elusiveness of perfection and the perverseness of chance. In preparation, you have the opportunity to develop and refine your system as linguistic science.
PLEASURE Playing bridge reflects intelligence. It's one of the really great pleasures of life. Anybody who's missing bridge is missing so much in life.
PREPARATION Proficiency in whist [a forerunner of bridge] implies capacity for success in all these more important undertakings where mind struggles with mind.
Edgar Allan Poe
TEAMWORK What distinguishes bridge from the many other games combining luck and skill? Part of the answer is teamwork. An apt comparison is with basketball. There, players may engage in contests of skill limited in dimension: three-point shooting, slam-dunking, one-on-one, HORSE, and so on. But what makes basketball distinctive, and the most fun to play or watch, are the team interactions: moving without the ball, setting screens and passing on offense; switching and boxing out on defense; using court sense and maintaining court balance. So it is with bridge. There will be opportunities for three-point shots and slam dunks, but complete bridge players are also forever helping their partners and receiving information in return. Playing good bridge is like throwing an outlet pass, running downcourt, getting open, and receiving the ball back in perfect position to score. Other games are just plain HORSE.
UNIVERSALITY No matter where I go, I can always make new friends at the bridge table.
VARIETYBridge presents all the challenges we know of. It is a human game, yet it is an intellectual game. If I sit down to play, I am likely to run into some sort of situation that I've never seen before.