1880’s Bridge Developed from Whilst
The card game Bridge is part of the genre of trick taking games and is an offshoot of the card game Whist. Whist was popular in Europe for several hundred years. One form of Whist was Russian Whist that was also known as Biritch. Biritch pronounced in English is Bridge and that is where the name Bridge comes from.
Bridge’s predecessor Biritch shared many similar aspects of game play with the modern Bridge game.
- Trump suit chosen by dealer or told partner to pick the trump suit
- No trump option
- Dummy hand is the Dealer’s partner
- Score Doubling and Redoubling
- Points scored above the line and below the line
- 3NT | 4H | 5D Game
- Slam Bonuses
1900’s Auction BridgeWith the development of Auction Bridge in 1904 the game took on new levels of complexity and excitement. Players bidding each hand against the other pair to decide the declarer and the contract adding a whole new dimension to the game. Auction Bridge made the game’s objective to fulfill the contract. Penalties for failing to fulfill the contract were added to the game’s scoring.
1920’s Bridge Scoring ChangesAuction Bridge added an exciting wrinkle to Bridge and Harold Stirling Vanderbilt took it a step further by creating a standard set of rules for Contract Bridge. Along with the help of others, Vanderbilt rule changes in 1925 made a huge impact on the game:
2000’s Duplicate BridgeDuplicate Bridge has become the game of choice throughout the United States and Australia and its popularity is increasingly in Europe and the United Kingdom. Duplicate Bridge is available for people to play online, at tournaments and at many clubs. Though Rubber Bridge is still widely played, the interest for Duplicate Bridge has made the ability to compare the greatest Bridge pairs in an equally fair competition a fascinating dramatic aspect to the current Bridge tournament events.
The History of Bridge has seen exciting development added to the game. Major international Bridge events are being held monthly around the world and interest in the game seems to increasing as Bridge is introduced to the next generation of players.