A Game to be Remembered

During the 17th century, a game called whist was the most popular game among English nobles living at that time. In this game, four people, who consisted of two teams, were given thirteen cards from a card deck, each team’s objective was to win as many tricks as possible. This 17-century game would be the start of Bridge.

A Star is Born

Whist, to most people, would probably come off a bit rough compared to today’s bridge. By the 19th century, the game formally known as whist had evolved into the first version of bridge. The terms “redouble” and “double” added a more daring side to the game when people would bet, and also “declarer” opposite meaning exposed dummy was erected around this time too. Bridge and legendary professional version of poker, they both had their humble beginnings in the 19th century that ended up taking the world by storm.

The Forerunners

In the year 1925, Bridge came from auction bridge and plafond. An American by the name of Harold Vanderbilt added some new features to the game; this would be the start of the famous scoring table and varying modes of vulnerability. The Contract Bridge game got its name because players had to commit to a certain number of tricks. Failure to do so resulted in a penalty. During this time, two public events placed this game right next to baseball. These events were the Anglo-American match and the Culbertson-Lenz match, both made this one of America’s favourite pastimes.

Another Path To Success

By the Middle of the Century, Duplicate bridge hit the scene as another hot past time. In Duplicate, players are given hands that get passed along to other tables all around the room. A pair that is considered to be competitive plays the same deal as any other with the difference being the basis of each pairs’ final points. By this time, Duplicate had begun spreading across the world.

World Premier

World Championship Duplicate games were played around the 1950’s with the US dominating until 1957.