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Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: rgG
Date: December 14, 2005 09:42PM
My husband is a very good bridge player. I was thinking of getting him a book on bridge for Christmas. Maybe something on strategy or something. I don't play and so it makes it really hard to pick out a good book. He is so difficult to buy for and I'm completely out of ideas. I've bought him a couple of things, but I wanted to get him something that wasn't clothing.

Any suggestions?

TIA.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: jardster
Date: December 14, 2005 09:58PM
i've played casually, and a lot with a Palm Pilot program. There was a good book I read in college.... 30 days to winning bridge, or something like that. Pretty heady stuff, but fun if he is willing.
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: December 14, 2005 10:07PM
I found "Modern Bridge Conventions"
[www.amazon.com]
the book we used most when I and a few friends got into Bridge in grad school.
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: December 14, 2005 10:11PM
What about a game?

[thehouseofcards.com]
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 14, 2005 10:15PM
depends. . .beside you what does he like?

:-)
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: rgG
Date: December 14, 2005 10:24PM
jardster & Tominator,
I'll check those two out.

Gutie,
I bought him one of those hand held bridge things a few years ago. He doesn't use it. I don't know why. I thought it was a great idea. I doubt I would fare better with a computer based game, unfortunately.

Newton,
That's the problem. He doesn't have a lot of hobbies. I wish I could buy him power tools, but he is mechanically challenged. He used to play golf, but trashed his wrist, so that's out. I thought about a nice boxed set of DVDs, but he just doesn't seem to watch the ones I've gotten him before. I'm thinking maybe a big lump of coal, JK.








Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: December 14, 2005 10:41PM
rgG Wrote:
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> I bought him one of those hand held bridge things
> a few years ago. He doesn't use it. I don't know
> why.

Bridge is one of those types of games that is very difficult for a computer to do well. A very good bridge player will usually get frustrated with what computer programs can do. Playing out the hand isn't so bad for the computer. Doing the bidding right is a real problem for a computer. There are computer codes that do it fairly well, but unlike chess, bridge is not something that computers are really good at yet.

But my experience is now about a decade old. It could be that computer codes have made great strides recently but I'm not optimistic.
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: December 14, 2005 10:46PM
is he into sudoku?



[www4.jcpenney.com]

supposedly Target and Linens N things has it for $14.99

some people are obsessed with these.

i don't get it though. . . .

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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: Linda2
Date: December 14, 2005 10:55PM
There's a great shareware Sudoku game from www.gamehouse.com. I'd never played before but I'm hooked now.
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: rgG
Date: December 15, 2005 05:20AM
Thanks all. He's not into Sudoku, yet. Hmmmmm...





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: December 15, 2005 07:42AM
Teach him how to fish? That would have the added advantage of getting him out of the house. winking smiley
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: rgG
Date: December 15, 2005 08:29AM
Gutie, LOL. But then I'd have to learn how to cook. It would be a steep learning curve for us both.







Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: December 15, 2005 09:30AM
OK, these are positively my last ideas:

1. Cheese Log
2. Cheese log with nuts
3. Tie
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Re: Is anyone a Bridge player?
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: December 15, 2005 12:58PM
Freeverse makes a great Bridge game for the Mac:

[www.freeverse.com]
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