Why Play Bridge?

If you have reached this page, you are obviously thinking of learning to play bridge. Congratulations – you’ve made a good choice!

Playing bridge has many attractions:

  • It’s fun
  • It’s social
  • It’s great value
  • It’s played all over the world, by people from all walks of life
  • It can be a lifelong pursuit
  • It involves continuous learning
  • It’s competitive, within a grading system that pits you against your peers
  • It’s primarily a game of skill, with a little luck thrown in
  • It provides mental stimulation
  • Research shows that it makes a positive contribution to your health, both mental and physical

These are just some of the reasons that keep people coming back to the bridge table, and why many busy and successful people always keep time in their schedules for bridge.  You can find a fuller rationale here.

Bridge is more than just a card game.  It’s a cerebral sport.  Bridge teaches you logic, reasoning, quick thinking, patience, concentration and partnership skills.  And no matter where I go, I can always make new friends at the bridge table. Hall of Fame tennis star, Martina Navratilova.

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. Businessman and billionaire, Warren Buffett.

“It’s a game you can play at any age.  If you take it up young, you’ll have fun doing it the rest of your life.  A lot of games don’t have that depth.  This one does.” Entrepreneur and billionaire, Bill Gates.

“I remember the pure disappointment when the last game would have to be played, and life, in all its dullness, would have to be faced again with no cards in my hand.” Award-winning Irish novelist Colm Tóibín.  You can read his thoughts on bridge, and what he regards as its profound influence on his writing career, in full here.

Daytime and nighttime classes for beginners are available all over the country.  For more details, see below.

Bridge Classes 2019-20

All teachers listed on this site are CBAI-accredited.  If you need a qualified teacher to give classes in your area please contact us on (01) 4929666.  We do not recommend that you use unaccredited teachers.

Bridge classes for beginners are typically run over a period of between 20 and 24 weeks, divided into two terms of 10 to 12 classes each.  Generally, the terms are from mid-September to Christmas and from January to April.  A smaller number of teachers offer classes based on the calendar year, so January to mid-April, and September to Christmas.  This link provides details of classes (organised by location, so check the various tabs) and contacts for the 2019-20 season that have been advised to us, and will be updated as we receive more details. And if you’re a teacher and are planning classes at any stage, please let us know the details and we will be happy to include them here.

For prospective students in south Dublin who missed out on classes that started in September, a new set of beginners classes is starting in Clonkeen College, Blackrock, on Tuesday nights at 19:30, starting on 5 November. Contact Denis on (087) 6799245 or by email at fitzgeralddl@gmail.com.

Teacher Training

Click on the above link for further information

If you would like to become a CBAI-accredited bridge teacher, the next Teacher Training Seminar is scheduled for the weekend of 8/9 February 2020, in the Templeogue Bridge Centre.

If you would like to register your interest for this or a future teacher training session, please contact Dermot at the CBAI (01-4929666), or email  info@cbai.ie for further details.

Schools Bridge

The recent development of the teacher training and school bridge programme has seen the number of schools Nationwide interested in including bridge in their pre Junior Cert and transition year programmes rise steadly.  If you are a school interested in Bridge please contact us.  If you are a bridge teacher interested in teaching in schools please let us know at the CBAI (01-4929666) or info@cbai.ie

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