“You’ll have so much fun you won’t even remember that it’s actually good for you. Bridge helps to increase memory and concentration skills.” – Nancy Metcalf, manager of the Abingdon Bridge Club.

Washington County News, September 2014

“Older adults who enjoy mentally stimulating games may have bigger brains and sharper thinking skills than their peers, new research suggests … Researchers found that people who played those games at least every other day performed better on tests of memory and other mental functions. And, based on MRI scans, they had greater tissue mass in brain areas involved in memory.”

 Visalia Times Delta, August 2014

“Studies have found that people who play bridge regularly are two and a half times less likely to develop dementia. Research has shown that a game of bridge can even boost your immune system.”

Chatham This Week, May 2014

“Everything is an opportunity. Everything is possible. Wind and rain, sunshine and snow — all are the same for the bridge player, for one’s success in the game depends not on whether you win or lose, but on how you cope with what you have. You are not playing the cards, but the people.”

-“Vulnerable in Hearts: A Memoir of Fathers, Sons, and Contract Bridge”

By Sandy Balfour, 2006

Dr. Christopher Shaw, a researcher from Carlinville IL, recently completed a study that shows that children who play bridge perform better on standardized tests than their non-bridge playing counterparts.

-Belleville Intelligencer, August 19, 2006

“There is a relationship between playing bridge and trading options. They both involve coolness under pressure and the ability to play well when you’re ahead or when you’re behind.”

-Mike Becker, ACBL Hall of Fame member and former trader

“Remember when playing bridge was a sign you were becoming your parents? It ranked right up there with golf, knitting and accordions. And then, one day, you looked up and all those things were hip.”
-Albuquerque Journal, July 24, 2005

On Labor Day 2005, the Chicago Tribune announced the cancellation of its daily bridge column. The ACBL supplied Chicago-area members with ammunition to fight the decision, and the column was back in a week. Wrote James Warren, deputy managing editor, “. . .players of the venerable card game let us have it. We have heard your bidding.”

“There is an adrenaline rush to this game that should be the subject of a scientific study.”

-Peter Schneider, ACBL Member and Former Chair, Walt Disney Studios

“It’s educational. You just don’t realize it because it’s so much fun.”

-Tyler Woodhull, Bear Lake (Florida) Elementary School Student

“To be sure you have a ‘full deck’ later in life, play bridge.”

-Parade Magazine, May 16, 2004

“In the past few years, the game—along with other retro favorites such as bowling shirts, TV dinners and kitten heels—has made a comeback among a younger, hipper crowd. It’s even become a craze in London, winning fans including Sting and the guys from Radiohead, and making bridge clubs the place to be.”

-Washington Post, Feb. 29, 2004

“Bridge is the most mentally challenging thing I’ve ever had to do. I enjoy the intensity and the fun.”

-Carolyn Lynch • Carolyn and her husband, Peter, manager of the Magellan Fund, are ACBL members.

“Playing chess, bridge or a musical instrument significantly lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, according to the most comprehensive study to examine the benefits of challenging intellectual activity among the elderly.”

-The Washington Post, June 19, 2003 • Based on a study released by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York.

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

-Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and ACBL member. • Microsoft’s Gaming Zone features a popular bridge playing site.

“Bridge is the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised.”

-W. Somerset Maugham, Novelist

“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.”

-Warren Buffett, Investor and active tournament player

A Nov. 2000 study by a University of California, Berkeley researcher, Marian Cleeves Diamond, found that playing contract bridge leaves people with higher numbers of immune cells. “Contract bridge was ideal for what we were after,” she said. “It is the closest activity to a challenging card-sorting task that also contains multiple factors that should stimulate the dorsolateral cortex. Bridge players plan ahead, they use working memory, they deal with sequencing, initiation and numerous other higher order functions with which the dorsolateral cortex is involved.”

-University of California, Berkeley

Snoopy is playing a bridge hand when he’s called off to battle the Red Baron. The dogfight in the sky is brutal, as he reports to his commander. “Yes sir, everything went bad,” he says. “Perhaps the captain can tell me what I did wrong.” When he rejoins his bridge-playing buddies, Snoopy repeats the conversation to them, adding the captain’s advice: “He said I should have led low to the queen.”

-Peanuts cartoon, Sunday, Nov. 7, 1999 • Snoopy is an Honorary Life Master of the ACBL Creator Charles Schulz was an avid bridge player

In 1996, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolved: “Bridge can develop, as an awakening sport and through its factor of conviviality, one’s intellectual faculties and a better knowledge of others. It is for this reason that UNESCO accepts to give its help to the World Bridge Federation for all our work in ways to develop bridge at school and for young people.”
-United Nations

Players In the News

“It makes you think, and it’s something to do for fun and to get out of your lab or working on your computer code.”

-Mike Ring, graduate student in meteorology at MIT

Boston Globe, August 6, 2006

“I told my husband, in golf you would never find play where you would play Arnold Palmer. In bridge, you may sit down and face one of the world’s best players,” Hills said.

-Annabelle Hills

St. Petersburg Times, May 23 2006

“When it comes to deceptive play, computers are not clever enough to fool someone,” he said. “That’s cool. I don’t want to be replaced by a computer.”

-Jonathan Bittner, president of the Yale Bridge Club

Chicago Tribune, Feb. 23, 2006

“Some people treat bridge like it’s a matter of life and death, but it’s much more important than that.”

-Cliff Landers, Naples FL

Bonita News, Oct. 11, 2005

“I think bridge is a lot more fun. You have to think a lot more and it’s not just about luck.”

-Andres Chavez, Age 13, Plays Poker and Bridge

Albuquerque Journal, July 24, 2005

“I found the bridge club before the first restaurant. We do have our priorities in bridge.”

-Jim Hull on moving to Albuquerque

Mature Life in New Mexico, August 2005

“I started caddying when I was 8 years old and I guess through attrition I picked up the game and learned the basics and then started becoming active with it. Problem-solving is good for school and math. It’s really good for young minds and old minds alike.”

-Jeremy Fournier, Age 18

Greenville SC News, June 10, 2005

“Bridge is to hearts as chess is to checkers.”

-Michael Gill, Age 23, graduate student in astronomy

University of Maryland Diamondback, April 15, 2005

“Anyone who is competitive can enjoy bridge. There are very few games that are weightlifting for the mind. This is beneficial as people get older.”

-Carolyn Elliot

Hattiesburg MS American, March 18, 2005

“Every hand is different. You’re always learning. If you ever get to the point where you think you’ve learned everything, you’ll never get better.”

-Ralph Katz, National Champion, Age 47

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 10, 2005

“Like sailors have a girl in every port, I have partners in every town.”

-Marti Ronemus, Bridge Club Owner

Pittsburgh Tribune Review, March 6, 2005

“When you play for money people do crazy things. We play for the glory; that’s why I like it.”

-Nadim Khalaf, Bridge Club Owner

Orange County CA Register, February 24, 2005

“Bridge requires a great deal of thinking,” said Norman Horowitz, 99, after a three-hour game. “I’ve always been interested in thinking. And bridge has met my needs for thinking all these years.”

-Norman Horowitz, Age 99

Albuquerque Journal, January 22, 2005

“It’s something that all generations can do together and have an equal shot at winning. I can sit down with an 80-year-old woman, and she can blow my socks off with this game.”

-Lisa Woolf, Age 44

Fresno CA Bee, January 18, 2005

“We say we’re all going to the same nursing home so that we can keep on playing cards!”

-Kathryn Sweigart, member of a weekly bridge club for 49 years

Lancaster PA Sunday News, December 5, 2004

“It covers mathematical skills, perception, problem solving and social skills. They have to think quickly, figure things out and, because they have to switch partners, they have to learn how to interact with others.”

-Beth Brown, Seatack Elementary School Bridge Teacher

Norfolk Virginian Pilot, November 14, 2004

“Learning to play bridge is fun. Bidding and counting points help me answer questions faster in math class.”

-Eddie Burgess, Middle School Student

Memphis Commercial Appeal, May 16, 2004

“The teachers’ reports noted improvements in attitude and math skills. I was so impressed that the children would come indoors to play, even on sunny days, that my wife and I joined an introductory bridge class.”

-Don Berry, Teacher

London Daily Telegraph, May 5, 2004

“Bridge should become a mandatory subject in school, like they do it in Europe. It’s a very social game, so it helps you develop social skills, like golf. And it grooms the mind and does so many things for the brain. Children who learn bridge learn logic, math and concentration, and they have fun while they”re doing it. They also learn teamwork, because you have to work with a partner.”

-Larry Cohen, Author of To Bid or not to Bid, the best-selling bridge book in the world, with 60,000 copies sold in seven languages

Palm Beach Post, January 20, 2003

“For social bridge players, the game provides an opportunity to meet new friends, socialize with old friends and have an enjoyable time together. For competitors like me, the attraction is the challenge and that takes total concentration.”

-Bill McCallon

Florida Times-Union, December 25, 2002

“It’s an exciting game. There’s strategy, and there’s deception, and you can play as long as you live. It’s a shame not to play bridge. You aren’t going to be able to play golf and tennis and ski forever. You need something to fall back on to keep the brain stimulated.”

-Franny Van Cleve

Charleston Gazette, December 16, 2002

“Once you play bridge, you’ll never play any other card game. I told my doctor once that this is my health food.”

-Lorene Leonard

Charlotte Observer, November 29, 2002

“I play golf, but I’ll never get a chance to play with Tiger. The nice thing about bridge is you do get to play with champions. You don’t win, but you get to ask them what you should have done.”

-Philip Benamy

Palm Beach Post, November 6, 2002

“We have great friendships as well as bridge games. … I feel like I’m the luckiest woman in the world as I play bridge in the afternoon with a group of friends.”

-Brenda Olsen

Cottage Grove OR Sentinel, September 18, 2002

“Duplicate bridge puts a high value on deductive reasoning, analytical thought and the occasional use of psychology. It’s incredibly complex. It’s a game that allows you to use 39 different words to describe 750 trillion hands. It’s great relaxation. It’s very good for the mind. And it’s always challenging.”

-Tom Cone

Indiana Daily Reporter, September 3, 2002

“As people become seniors, bridge keeps your mind busy and working. It’s a wonderful aerobics for the mind, besides being social.”

-Nancy Keim

Marietta OH Times, August 31, 2002