What is Bridge Master?
Bridge Master is an educational program for improving your declarer play skills. The program presents you with a series of instructional deals to play. You are always declarer. The deals that you play are not randomly dealt. They are carefully constructed exercises designed to illustrate an important declarer play technique. If you take the correct line of play you will always make your contract. If you make any mistake as declarer, the program will defendperfectly and defeat your contract. Each deal is accompanied by an animated bridge movie that will explain the correct line of play as well as the thinking process that leads to the solution.
That fact that you can only make your contract by playing correctly makes Bridge Master a fabulous learning medium. In real bridge (and with other computer bridge programs), a declarer’s mistakes are often forgiven by imperfect defense or a lucky lie of the cards. With Bridge Master your mistakes will always be punished. You are “forced” to figure out the correct play if you want to make your contract. In turn, you learn something about bridge in the process. If you play a Bridge Master deal incorrectly, it is best to keep trying again until you get it right. If you give up, however, the bridge movie will make the answer clear. As you read through the bridge movie, images on your screen will reflect the bridge content in the text. For example, if the text reads, “if trumps break 4-1…”, a large hand diagram will display the 4-1 break. There is no need to cross out cards or write down end positions. Thebridge movie always displays whatever bridge illustration you need in order to understand the explanation.
Bridge Master remembers how you played each deal and what your results were. In this way you can track your progress and go back and review deals that gave you trouble. It also remembers your color preferences and display options. If more than one person uses the program, their results and preferences are remembered separately.
Bridge Master contains extensive online help. You will find the program so easy to use, however, that documentation is almost unnecessary.
Audrey Grant’s Better Bridge Edition of Bridge Master 2000 contains 177 bridge deals intended as an introductory course on play of the hand. Audrey Grant, North America’s premier bridge teacher and best-selling bridge author, created 117 of these deals and wrote the text for the bridge movies in this edition. Audrey’s 117 deals are all on Skill Level 1. The program also includes 36 more deals at Skill Level 1 which are a little more difficult than the Audrey Grant deals and 6 deals at each of the other 4 Skill Levels. By the time a new player has worked through the Audrey Grant deals, they will have a solid foundation in declarer play. The user will then be ready for more challenging deals. Once you are finished with the deals that come with the program, you can buy refill deals.