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  Home of 500,000 acres of corn and soybeans,

    the University of Illinois Fighting Illini,

       the Bridge at Ginger Creek duplicate club,

          the Illini Regional Bridge Tournament  (May 23-28, 2023) and


Karen's Bridge Library

For bridge players . . . current and aspiring

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For Beginners

   Quick-Start Course: Teach yourself to play with this 12-step guide 

The basics -- Lessons on how to play bridge


Opening 2-bids (weak) Slam bidding
  Bridge glossary Opening 2-bids (strong) Defense: Opening leads
  Bidding "cheat sheet" Opening 3-bids Defense: Play & signals
  Opening 1-bids Opening 4-bids Declarer Play: Forming a Plan
  Opening and rebidding minors Overcalls & takeout doubles Declarer Play: Establishing Tricks
  Responding to an opening 1-bid The redouble Declarer Play: The Finesse
  Responding with a two-suited hand Opener's reverse rebid Declarer Play: Simple Odds
  Opener's second bid Game-try bids Quick tips to improve your game
  Responder's second bid Responder's bids in competition Rubber-bridge strategy
  Responding to 1NT Forcing & non-forcing bids Rubber-bridge scoring
  Hand evaluation    

Learning to play bridge -- How to get started, and get better

Bridge for Beginners and Beyond

 A self-teaching guide to good bridge for
 beginning and intermediate players.

 Updated and expanded 18th edition, featuring
 new lessons on the 2-over-1 system.

  Why play bridge?  FREE Learn to Play Bridge software
  Group classes & self-teaching     Web links to good sites for learners
  On-your-own activities to build skills     Just for fun Should you be a bridge player?
  Developing your "card sense"  Want to help others learn?  Guide for new teachers


For Advancing Players

   Lessons and convention summaries -- For experienced beginners and intermediates

Declarer play Competitive bidding Other conventions

Counting the Hand - Part 1  &  Part 2

Balancing over 1-bids

New minor forcing

Tips for declarers

Balancing over other auctions

Michaels & Unusual 2NT overcalls

Safety plays

Responding to partner's preempt

Jacoby transfers

Hold-up plays

Preemptive openings & overcalls

Jacoby 2NT major-suit raise


Bidding over opponents' preempts

Drury convention

Opening lead strategies

Advancing partner's bid over a preempt

Roman Keycard Blackwood

Trump leads

Lebensohl over their weak two-bids

DONT convention

Lead conventions

Cuebids of the opponent's suit

Lebensohl over reverses

Signaling methods

Mixed raises

Soloway-Style Jump Shifts


"Sandwich seat" bids

Constructive bidding

Negative doubles

Lebensohl in 1NT auctions

Accepting game-try bids

Responsive doubles

"Law" of Total Tricks

What is 4NT?

Lead-directing doubles

  5-level decisions

Game-before-slam principle

Lead-directing penalty doubles


Penalty doubles and exceptions


   Duplicate bridge

  IMP (teams) strategy Matchpoint (pairs) strategy Web links for duplicate players

  Discover the Fun & Challenge of Duplicate -- a booklet on duplicate play, scoring, customs & strategies.   PDF format


For Intermediate to Advanced Players

   Advanced bidding conventions and treatments

  2-over-1 Game-Force System Opener's Jump-Reverse Your 2C Bidding Structure  (4 parts)
  Forcing Notrump Convention Defenses to 2-Suited Overcalls  (3 parts) New ideas: Below-Game Asking Bids (J Maloney)
  Improving the 2-over-1 System Negative freebids (5 parts)  
  2-over-1 partnership checklist Strong Jump Shifts  (3 parts)  

   ACBL Bridge Bulletin articles -- Opening Leads, Counting, Troubles with Redoubles, Table Feel, Notrump defenses, "12 Habits" series

   Bidding forums and quizzes


For Players of All Skill Levels

   Flashes of brilliance -- Bridge feats & fun (all true) from my favorite partners & team-mates

  The one that got away The missing redouble cards Sometimes, pessimism pays off
  Toby and the Passion Coup Count, count, count A nightmare on opening lead
  A rare trump squeeze Never put down an 8-card suit in dummy If I had bid hearts ...

   Bridge features

  A tribute to my first bridge teacher 

Bridge & basketball The King has left the building
  D-Day memories of the Bridge Player in Chief Bridge & poker  (interview with Barry Greenstein) The Obvious Solution  (a bridge poem)
  Most disastrous bridge hand ever played Bridge & marriage  (interview with Chip & Jan Martel) Concentration  (another bridge poem)


 Bridge books, software & web sites

Bridge Bookstore -- Recommendations and reviews of books for beginners through experts, with links for discounted purchases from

Bridge for Beginners and Beyond -- A self-teaching guide and class textbook 

"Learn to Play Bridge" software -- Teach yourself to play with these free programs from ACBL

Online clubs -- Links to multi-player bridge games on the Internet

Playing online -- Getting started with Bridgebase Online

District 8 Online -- Homepage of District 8 of the American Contract Bridge League (Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri)

District 8 Advocate newsletter

Bridge features, Solvers Forum column & Midwest bridge news.
Published bi-monthly by ACBL District 8.
of previous issues & Solvers Forum columns.

  Search for books by topic, title or author.


Bridge in Champaign-Urbana IL

 Bridge at Ginger Creek -- Champaign-Urbana's community bridge center     Game results with hand records     Club photo album

 Local bridge lessons

 Central Illinois Virtual Bridge Club -- Online ACBL masterpoint games on

 Illini Regional Tournament -- May 23-28, 2023 (Memorial Day week), Holiday Inn, Champaign IL 


Travelogues & photos

  England 2001

Ireland 2003

Scotland 2004  France 2006 article & photos Hawaii 2006
  Alaska & DeNali 2010

South Africa 2011 

Peru 2013 
   Newspaper story

Galapagos Islands 2013
   Newspaper story 

Tanzania 2014
   Newspaper story 1 & 2 

  Rhine River & Amsterdam 2016 Sydney & New Zealand 2016 Tanzania 2017 Baltic & Scandinavia 2018 Tanzania & Zanzibar 2019


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For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name,

He marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.

                                                        -- Grantland Rice