After four years of
development, BridgeHands is launching its Bridge instruction
website at http://www.BridgeHands.com
The Company also offers services and a free monthly "eMag"
Bridge instruction newsletter.
BridgeHands goal is to provide Bridge material that is
complete, integrated, enlightening, entertaining, and easy to learn.
That's a tall order, so how will they do it?
BridgeHands is built around a web-based Bridge Encyclopedia
with hundreds of pages and thousands of bridge terms, concepts and examples
conveniently indexed the way emerging players want it. In addition to
a general index,
BridgeHands has secondary indexes for: Duplicate or Contract
Rubber Bridge players, bidding, play, conventions -systems, and even a fun
index with Bridge jargon.
The website has Product and
Service sections, essentially a low cost web hosting service allowing the
Bridge community to share information with others. Bridge players,
teachers, professional players, cruise directors, clubs, and advertisers
submit their data via EMAIL.
BridgeHands generates web pages with appropriate easy to
access index links for viewers to find with their web browser. Those
preferring anonymity are not listed internally nor through popular public
Another interesting service is
their Question and Answer EMAIL offering. Bridge players purchase
affordable consulting time by the hour, sending
BridgeHands EMAIL requests for assistance. Consistent
with their stated goals,
BridgeHands EMAIL responses are often cross-linked to their
Encyclopedia providing students a path for additional study.
BridgeHands has a Review area that's bound to be very popular
with players interested in Bridge books and ocean cruises offering Bridge.
The website has an astonishing 1,500+ books listed, each with a unique web
page including 10 useful book attributes and the ability to order directly
BridgeHands Affiliates. Like the Encyclopedia, the folks
BridgeHands got the indexes right here, too. The books
can be sorted by book name, author, category, target audience, new books and
award-winning favorites. The book categories include: general,
bidding (general and competitive), conventions/systems, play (general,
declarer, defender), laws, and entertainment. Also following the
rest of the site, the target audience index is segmented by: newcomer,
novice, intermediate, and advanced. You'll also find book
cross-references in the Encyclopedia, eMagazine, and Q & A Service.
Additionally, they have a
Review section for ocean cruise ships offering Bridge. Both the book
and cruise ship review sections allow the Bridge community to send
constructive feedback (moderated via EMAIL) for inclusion on the website.
BridgeHands takes customer privacy seriously, ensuring review
submitters are known only by the "handle" of their choosing.
Regardless of the game, serious
players take the Laws seriously, and so does
BridgeHands. The site includes a complete reference of
Duplicate and Contract Rubber Bridge Laws, ruling/appeals, handbooks for
Duplicate Clubs-Units-Tournaments, and supporting documents (courtesy of the
American Contract Bridge League). Materials are cross-referenced both
within the Laws documents as well as the Encyclopedia, eMagazine and Q & A
Service. The site also includes daily bulletins from major
international and ACBL national tourneys and ruling appeals.
BridgeHands owner Michael Nistler, "Those who know Bridge
think of it more than just a game; we want the
BridgeHands website to offer more than just run-of-the-mill
Bridge material. Those who play competitive games discover lessons
learned are transferable to real life. The Bridge table provides an
excellent microcosm to learn about ourselves and others, providing a path
for continuous improvement throughout our lives. U. S.
Presidents from George Washington to Dwight D. Eisenhower have loved Bridge.
Yet as our demographic age increases, we need new ways to reach and support
younger audiences. My hope is that
BridgeHands will support emerging and existing enthusiasts
with Bridge content that's complete, integrated, enlightening, entertaining,
and easy to learn. Please visit us at:
BridgeHands is planning to offer new sections, including
practice and learning modules.