If you’re looking for a book to guide you carefully through the rudiments of playing bridge, then Andrew Robson’s Beginning Bridge book and arrow cards are for you. In just sixty pages, Andrew Robson teaches you Bridge from the very beginnings. Similar to the hugely successful Bridge Lessons books, each page contains a lesson and an illustrative deal, but these deals are aimed specifically at the non-bridge player and Andrew makes a promise in the first lesson to “take things really slowly”, which is great and just what’s needed for such a complex game.
Starting with dealing, then trick taking, let Andrew guide you through the basics of bidding and cardplay with his clear and logical explanations and if you practise the hands with the accompanying arrow packs, by the end of the book you should have enough knowledge of the game to play social bridge with your friends.
The Arrow packs will let you deal the hands (without seeing the card faces) from Andrew’s Beginning Bridge book. You can then play out the deal and compare the bidding and play at your table with the bidding and play in the book. Great fun and a brilliant way to learn. For the first deal, look at the first arrow in the top left on each card, and deal each card to your fellow players as indicated by the arrow. When the whole pack is dealt, play the cards either with friends or by yourself. When you’ve finished, refer to the book and read the lesson! Purchase either the book, the Arrow Cards, or for maximum progress, both together.
Next Steps in Learning Bridge
After you’ve had fun reading and playing your way through the 60 lessons in Beginning Bridge, a good next step would be to consider the book and arrow cards Need to Know? Bridge and the DVD Learn Bridge with Andrew Robson.
Andrew Robson is widely regarded as one of the finest Bridge player/teacher/writers in the world today. When not at his Club, Andrew travels the country, inspiring thousands at the many Charity functions and Master Classes he leads.
As a player, Andrew won the world Junior Championships in 1989, the European Championships in 1991, and the list of tournament successes during and since is too long to list. He won the Silver Medal in the 2004 World Individual, heartbreakingly moving out of Gold on the very last deal (but that’s another story…).
As a writer, Andrew began in the early Nineties writing for the Oldie, the Spectator and the Express on Sunday, and has now been writing for Country Life for nearly 20 years and Money Week for nearly ten. He is most famous, however, for his daily column in The Times. His clarity of style has seen him become universally acclaimed, and he is the author of Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, Need to know? Bridge, Bridge Secrets, What Should Have Happened, A Pack of Dos and Don’ts plus 20 books in his hugely popular Bridge Lesson Book series.
Andrew’s teaching is also legendary. Entertaining, simple, brilliant…his teaching has been described as this and much more over the years.
When not Bridging, Andrew loves to ride his mountain bike. He lives in North Barnes with his wife Lorna and two daughters, Hannah and Mimi.