Riderwood Bridge Community


There is a very active bridge community at Riderwood. There are groups who meet weekly playing party bridge, Chicago and duplicate. Some are ‘drop-in’ sessions; other are by invitation only. Almost all maintain a list of substitutes, so if you’re interested in one of the invitation only groups, contact the organizer for the event and see if you can get on the substitute list.


Many sessions charge a small entry fee. This is used for supplies for the group and to award small prizes to the top finishers. (Don’t count on it to help reduce your monthly maintenance fee.)


We are always looking for new bridge players, either people who have never played or those who played some time ago and want to come back to the game. Currently there are no formal bridge classes being given at Riderwood. But there are books and online courses that can get you to a level where you can play in some of the social games and improve your skills from there. We do have a number of bridge mentors here who will host some sessions with newcomers to help with the basics of bidding and play.


If you’re interested in playing duplicate bridge but have never done that before, we can set up a low intensity ‘Introduction to Duplicate’ session where you can play with experienced duplicate players to get used to the mechanics of how that is played before going to one of the regular sessions.


There is a lot of documentation that bridge can help stave off Alzheimer’s, and it is a lot of fun. And if you come in close to the top in some of the sessions, you’ll get your name on Riderwood TV! So give it a shot.


If you want a sample of what bridge is like, you can go to and click on the ‘Learn’ tab. There are introductory videos to show you the basics of the game. If you find you’re interested, contact one of the mentors to get some ‘hands on’ experience before trying to learn the whole game on the web. It will help clarify some of the mechanics (like who makes the first lead), and then the web videos will make more sense.


Another basic learning website is Again, you will progress much faster in learning bridge if you mix the online classes with mentored play here at Riderwood.
Contact Joe Finan for more information on how to get started.

Click this link for a list of regular bridge groups and contacts:

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