Minibridge is a simplified form of Bridge designed to expose newcomers to playing techniques without the burden of learning a detailed bidding system. It is an ideal way to get a flavour of the game and teaches you the basics of play.
Like other forms of bridge, Minibridge is played by four players in fixed partnerships, sitting crosswise. A full pack of 52 cards is dealt to the players, each receiving 13 cards. As in contract bridge, it is then decided which player becomes declarer , but a key innovation of Minibridge is that this decision is taken out of the players' hands which makes it easier.
Declarer's partner then lays open their hand, and declarer announces a contract. This is a trump suit or no trumps, together with an undertaking to win more than half the tricks (partscore) or a higher target (game) to gain bonus points. The remainder of the game is very similar to contract bridge. In particular, declarer's partner becomes dummy (i.e., declarer plays both hands while dummy watches on).
We have Minibridge packs available for anyone who might want to consider starting up a group at a local Primary School.