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History of Bridge
As you probably know, bridge is a game that has been around for quite some time. Bridge history may not be as talked about as some other card games, but that does not take anything away from it. Bridge is among the many trick taking card games that have become so popular, and is a derivative of the game known as Whist. It is a little known fact that bridge is also known as Biritch; the only difference being that bridge is the English version of the game.
The game of bridge began to gain popularity in the United Kingdom and the United States during the 1890’s. Several years later, a variation of the game, known as auction bridge, was developed. This game is also referred to as royal auction bridge by many.
The most popular version of the game, contract bridge, was the end result of changes made to auction bridge. Harold Stirling Vanderbilt was one of the main players who began to turn the game into the modern version that is most popular in today’s day and age. Of course, he did not do this on his own, but he was most definitely the main innovator.
One of the biggest changes to the game was making bids more challenging by ruling that only tricks contracted would be a slam bonus or scored towards the game. By 1925, Vanderbilt had made his rules known far and wide; and in no time at all the majority of players had taken to this game. For this reason, bridge became known as the game of “contract bridge.”
Although contract bridge will always be popular, other variations such as rubber and duplicate have also become popular in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia.
As you can see, the game of bridge does not have a simple past. Many changes have been made over the years, and if it were not for Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, the game would not be the same today.
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