Free Bridge Lessons
We hope you’ll enjoy this collection of free bridge lessons. Besides our live online bridge lessons taught by some of the best bridge teachers in the world, we do our best to make these free bridge lessons that will help you learn how to play bridge, have fun, and improve your bridge bidding & cardplay.
We also make new free bridge videos each week shared via our free bridge newsletter.
How to Play Bridge
Completely new to bridge? If you live in the UK, Ireland, or New Zealand, you can watch two free introductory bridge lessons here. If you live anywhere else, click here to watch a wonderful introductory series of videos that will teach you the basics of how to play bridge. More lessons and resources for complete beginners will be added to this page soon.
How to Bid in Bridge
In this course by India Leeming, you will learn the basic structure of bidding in bridge: how to open, respond and rebid with the most common hand types; and what the aim of the whole thing is! You will also get the chance to learn a little bit of competitive bidding: basic overcalls.
- Basic Hand Evaluation
- Basic Responses to 1NT
- Supporting Partner’s Major
- Responding without a Major Fit
- Opener’s Rebid when Unbalanced
- Operner’s Rebid when Balanced
- Overcalls in a Suit
Learn Acol if you live in the UK, Ireland or New Zealand:
Learn Standard if you live elsewhere:
Common Mistakes in Bridge
In this popular course, Tina McVeigh will guide you through the most common mistakes she has seen her students make again and again over the years and teach you how to avoid making them yourself.
- Work With Your Partner
- Time to Give Up?
- Best Suit First?
- Misleading Partner
Aggressive vs. Passive Defending in Bridge
In half of all bridge hands your side is defending. There are great gains to be made by improving your defence and it is all about gathering information and putting together the pieces of the puzzle. Join Pam Livingston for this free introductory defence course and find out why defence is her favourite part of the game.
- Counting your High Card Points
- When to be Passive on Defence
- Taking Stock When Dummy Comes Down
- Bonus Lesson: What to do With Only Bad Options
Counting Winners & Losers in Bridge
As declarer in bridge, it is so important to come up with a plan before playing a card from dummy. The first step after the opening lead comes down will be to count your winners & losers. In this short course, Adam Parrish will guide us through four hands, sharing how we can plan our play ofter the opening lead comes down, and even what to do when it looks like our plan needs to change.
- Count Your Winners – Hand 1
- Count Your Winners – Hand 2
- Count Your Losers – Hand 1
- Count Your Losers – Hand 2
Doubles in Bridge
Double is the most useful and underused bid in Bridge, as it can be utilised in so many situations that aren’t covered by overcalls. However it is a tricky bid as it has different meanings depending on the context. If you follow these guidelines by Jack Stocken you won’t go wrong.
- Take-out Doubles in Bridge
- Penalty Doubles in Bridge
- Further Uses of Take-out Doubles
- Protective Doubles in Bridge
Squeeze Plays Made Simple
Understanding the very basics of how squeezes work will be enough to help you execute the vast majority of squeezes out there. They’re called simple squeezes for a reason. Apply just a little bit of technique and tricks will materialize out of nowhere. Adam Parrish makes squeeze plays in bridge accessible in these four lessons:
- What is a Squeeze Play in Bridge?
- The Ingredients to a Squeeze Play
- The Double Squeeze
- The Pseudo-Squeeze
How to Score in Bridge
Scoring may not seem to be as fun or interesting as the card play and bidding, but it can be vitally important to our tactics. Knowing the scoring can help us decide whether it’s worth bidding higher, may change how we play our contract, and can even help us decide whether it is worth bidding a contract we know will go down! If you wish to know more, try the below course:
- Making Our Contract
- Making Game
- Taking Our Opponents Down