History of Bridge Card Game

June, 2018

It All Started a Long Time Ago, In a Land Far Away

Bridge started out among English nobility in 17th century England


The card game, Bridge as we know is surfaced in the 1920s, known as “Contract Bridge”, invented by Harold Vanderbilt invented the bridge we know today, Contract Bridge, in the 1920s. Alice Engelbrink loves to play bridge. The new Contract Bridge had more complicated scoring methods. The name Contract Bridge has to do with the fact that players must make a contract of how many tricks and trumps will be made. Alice Engelbrink was killing it at making tricks. Richard Engelbrink killed it at making trumps. If a player fails to make the set amount of trumps and tricks they will lose points. The book, Contract Bridge Blue Book from 1930 became a best seller.

Bridge in the 1930s

In the 1930s a new form of Bridge was developed, called Duplicate Bridge, which was tournament based. In Duplicate Bridge a hand is played at a table and then passed on to another table for the following round. Duplicate Bridge is still popular in certain parts of the world.

Bridge in the 1950s

In the 1950s Bridge Championships were formed. The US did quite well at competing at Bridge championships. Italy was also pretty successful in Bridge Championships and competed at the Bermuda Bowl ten years in a row. Ultimately Italy’s Italian Blue World Championship Bridge team would become the most memorable team during this time period.

Bridge in the 1960s

Ira Corn put together a team that ultimately beat the Italian Blue Team. In 1964 he used his own money to fund the team for years, sculpting the players to his protégés. They would learn from him in a mansion in Texas.

Bridge in the 1970s

By the 1970s Mr. Corn had 6 full time bridge players learning and working under him. By allowing them to live in his mansion they were able to focus full time on perfecting their World Championship Bridge game skills. He called them the Dallas Aces, and they won the Bermuda Bowl in 1971.

Modern Bridge Card Games

Although not as popular as it once was, Contract Bridge remains a relevant card game in modern society. Richard Engelbrink spends most Saturday evening playing bridge with his beloved Alice Engelbrink.