On a smartphone, double tap the screen to zoom in and enlarge the pictures.
Play Vu-Bridge on the go, anywhere, anytime! All you need is a "smart device*" with an Internet or WiFi connection.
This brand new layout will smoothly adapt itself to the current size of your display.
A long time ago, I used to practise with Autobridge, a simple little learning box into which one could slide printed out bridge hands. These hands were organized by categories, and came with due explanations on the back of the page.
Back in those days I could spend all night with Autobridge.
Vu-Bridge is the modern, interactive web version of that box where you can play the hands from within your favorite web browser, PC or Mac...
And now - as of July 2013 -, you can take Vu-Bridge with you on your iPhone / Smartphone! You just need Internet access from your phone or Wi-Fi.
The layout has been totally redesigned to fit in the small screen or your favorite device, without compromising the fun and valuable learning capabilities of Vu-Bridge.
Simply put, reporting bridge hands on a blog / website / bridge magazine / e-Book is a 2D (2 dimensional) process:
The hand is printed on the page and there is no interaction from the player.
As opposed to Vu-Bridge hands, which are in "3D": the reader becomes a player and discovers the hands as if he sits at the table. Only experts can read a hand "2D" and make it become "3D" in their mind.
Most of the other inhabitants of the solar system (mostly human, although we must include the Rueful Rabbit, the Toucan and the Walrus) stay locked in "2D" thought patterns and hence will benefit from a link to play the hand in VuBridge.
The hands in Vu-Bridge have been prepared by famous champions, top bridge authors and experienced bridge teachers.
You must bid and play each hand exactly as the author has prepared it. If your bid is not correct you will see a "Wrong Bid" message. You should then stop and think before trying to find another, probably better bid.
When playing the cards you may find yourself declaring or defending. If you attempt to play a card - from your hand or from the table if you are declaring - and it is not the correct one, you will see a "Wrong Card" message. You should reflect on why this is not the correct move before you try to play another card.
Some players will doubtless argue they are better off playing the hand in their chosen fashion before going back to follow the recommended line of play. This is not the Vu-Bridge method! We believe there is little point in allowing you to go astray early in the hand, ploughing on in an unmakeable contract.
Moreover, our authors try to show you how to think and plan your play beforehand. Trust us, once you've played about fifty hands, you'll find yourself much more able to read the cards! Contracts you wouldn't have made yesterday will be child’s play tomorrow. Your results will improve quickly and, as with so many Vu-Bridge users, your partners will be amazed to see your bridge improving.
When you launch a board, you see your hand at the bottom of the "table mat". There is often a short text describing the context of the hand, what topic is covered or which championship is being reported.
After you've read that text, click the "Start Bidding" button:
The bidding box will pop-up. Bidding is easy, just tap the bid you'd like to make when it's your turn. If it is the right bid then it will show up in the bidding table and the other players will bid their hands. If it’s the wrong bid you will receive a message to that effect and will have another chance.
After you bid, watch the auction until it is your turn to bid again:
Sometimes you'll see a comment appear about the bid you made. The auction stops until you tap on "Continue Bidding".