Bridge Software & Apps
Apps allow you to play on your phone or other mobile device, and connect to the internet for robot or live play. Software can also provide online play, but because it resides on your computer you can play offline when you need to which is an advantage when you’re on the road.
Our sister site, GREAT BRIDGE LINKS, has many pages of links to Bridge Software, Apps, Online Bridge Clubs, and Solitaire Bridge.
The World’s Top Bridge Playing Software
Bridge Baron, USA : Silver Medal 2007. Bronze Medal 2010.
Bridge Baron Bridge Software. Bridge Baron participates annual in Computer Bridge World Championships where it has historically reached top positions: 1997: 1, 1998: 4, 1999: 7, 2000: 5, 2001: 5, no entry in 2002, 2, in 2003 and 2004. More recently it earned Silver in 2017, Bronze in 2016, and Bronze in 2014. Bridge Baron is available for Mac as well as Windows.
Blue Chip Bridge
Blue Chip Bridge participated in Computer Bridge World Championships where it reached the following positions: 1998: 5, 1999: 6, 2000: 6, 2001: 6, 2002: 6, 2003: 7, 2004: 6, 2005: 6 and 2006: 6. It hasn’t been seen at the Championships lately but it’s still around. “The best program for Acol players” Zia Mahmood. Windows only.
Website: www.bluechipbridge.co.uk Note: This domain no longer functions
Jack : Bronze Medal 2007. Silver Medal 2008. Gold Medal 2009. Gold Medal 2010. Bronze 2011. Gold 2012. Gold 2015.
Jack is the a times World Computer Bridge Championships Gold medalist – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015. Jack has not entered the championships since. Praised for its user friendliness. A good review of Jack can be found on Computer Bridge here ->
Micro Bridge, Japan : Silver 2014. Bronze 2015. Silver 2016. Bronze 2017. Silver 2018.
Micro Bridge has participated in all the ACBL Computer Bridge World Championships. Although the Japanese have yet to win gold, Micro Bridge is always a top-finisher.
Q-Plus Bridge, Germany : Bronze Medal, 2007, Silver Medal 2011. Bronze 2012. Bronze 2015. 4th 2018.
In the early years of computer bridge Bridge King (predecessor of Q-Plus) participated in the Computer Bridge World Championships where it finished 3 in 1991, 1 in 1992, 3 in 1993. Q-Plus Bridge participated in Computer Bridge World Championships where it reached the following positions: 1997: 2, 1998: 2, 1999: 5, 2000: 2, 2001: 4, 2002: 5, 2003: 5, 2004: 5, 2005: 3, 2006: 4. 2018 Bronze. QPlus is one of the oldest Bridge Programs. The total development time (since its start in 1990) is now approximately 22.000 hours.
WBridge5, France: Gold Medal 2005, 2007 & 2008. Silver 2009. Silver 2010. Bronze 2011. Silver 2012. Bronze 2014. Silver 2015. Gold 2016 Gold 2017. Gold 2018.
WBridge5 won the World Championships for the first time in 2005. WBridge5 had already been very close to the Computer Bridge World Championship title for a few times before that, losing a final to Jack by 1 IMP in 2002, losing a chance in 2003 when Bridge Baron pulled a stunt and WBridge5 didn’t make the final by just a few points. In 2005 WBridge won its first Gold. In the final, which was broadcast live on Bridge Base Online, 4-time reigning World Champion Jack was defeated. Since then WBridge is always in the top 4, and is the reigning champions winning gold in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Wbridge5 as the machine used in FunBridge (now GoToBridge) and is also available for online play on sites Bridge Now and BridgeEZ. \
TCS Bridge Bot, India
TCS BridgeBot is being developed by Tata Consulting Services, Prasad Ramesh Bokil,
Meadowlark Bridge, USA.
Entered in the 2018 championships where it placed 9th and in the 2019 Championships where it withdrew before the completion of the round robin. Meadowlark Bridge is being developed by Rodney Ludgwig, rod@
Synrey Bridge, China. Silver 2017. Bronze 2018.
Synrey Bridge made it’s appearance on the international stage in 2016 and won Silver against WBridge5. Website features an App recently ported into English. You can now play online with Synrey Bridge read about that here ->
Robo Bridge, The Netherlands. 2017, 3rd. 2019, 5th.
Robo Bridge has participated in the World Championships a few times now, winning a Bronze medal last year. RoboBridge is also a web-based online Play Against the Robots.
Shark Bridge, Denmark. Gold 2014, Bronze 2016.
Shark Bridge has been around for a while and continues to develop its software and interfaces. It’s available as an app or as software.
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!
You can now play bridge, practice bridge and read bridge conventions while relaxing at the cabin thanks to these Google Play and Apple Store Apps. Note: Other kinds of bridge apps and software can be found on Great Bridge Links’ software pages.
Updated November 2023
Play Against the Bots
A popular bridge app is now one that allows players to play against robots. The beauty of this is you can pull out your phone anytime anywhere and play a few hands. Practice your game on the go! With most of these apps you can play in a variety of games, formats, and even tournaments.
Tips for playing with robots – Anyone who has played with robots will have noticed they don’t follow the same ‘rules’ as humans. But they are robots and that means they are consistent. So learning what ‘rules’ they do follow will help you succeed when your robot is your partner. Read tips from players around the world here on Bridge Winners →
Root Bridge Lectures by Josh Donn and Leo LaSota – series of talks outlining robot deficiencies and robotstrategies when plays among robots in a tournament.
Bridge Base Online : Android and iOS. Connects to BBO servers. Play against people or robots. Watch live play. Vu-graphs for major bridge tournaments. Enter Robot Bridge tournaments.
Bridge Bandit: Bridge Bandit features a beautifully designed interface that is easy to use and great looking. Choose from four different ways to play: in a competitive league, in a direct challenge with a friend, in a historical tournament comparing yourself with the best of the best, or in a quick blitz. Create your profile, find and make friends and even join or form a club.
Funbridge iPhone, iPad and Android mobiles and tablets and as well, you can play it on your Mac and Windows computers. No matter what device you log in from, the game or tournament you’re playing will continue. Federation and WBF Robot Bridge Tournaments, 13+ languages.
Goto Bridge iPhone iPad and Android as well as download software options. Lessons, practice and competition directly at home. Play against robots.
iBridge+ offers duplicate, rubber, play against the bots, compare with other players in a tournament. Some money play. Free download. 16 trial hands. After that purchase a batch of 100 hands or a Lifetime subscription.
Neural Play – Play rubber bridge, Chicago, duplicate teams, or practice with matchpoint scoring.
Pocket Bridge – beginner and intermediate. This is a bridge App designed by a 19-year-old medical student (and also a bridge-lover) from Taiwan.
Shark Bridge – 2014 Computer Bridge Champion, Shark bridge a complete bridge game for your iPad, iPhone and Mac computers. Free with a lot of interesting pre-loaded hands from past tournaments. Play robots, or play with people.
Sky Bridge Club – your friendly online bridge club. Play against Robots.
Synrey Bridge – play against robots in various challenges. This is a Chinese app recently ported over to English. Currently, there are limited play options but developers promise clubs and teaching opportunities in the future. For more information read our Nov 2019 interview with developers here –>
WeWeWeb Bridge – free. A Contract Bridge Game that can be played by yourself offline against a robot or connect via the Internet to play with your friends. The robot uses SAYC/ACOL/PRECISION/2-over-1 GF (partially implemented). It is a beta release and is subjected to continue development efforts.
Ultimate Bridge is now available for Android Click Here >
Will-Bridge – play bridge online against a world champion computer/robot. Includes Discover Bridge for novices with Eddie Kantar and Intermediate Match Play with more advance modules coming soon. This is not downloadable software – but it is also not an app that can be installed via iTunes or Android Play.
Bridge Odyssey, a Free Android app available on Google Play Store for playing the card game, Contract Bridge.
Tricky Bridge – Learn Bridge, Play Bridge, Compete. Tricky Bridge makes it fun (and free!) for absolute beginners to learn bridge: rules, bidding, and strategy. Learn solo, at your own pace through 37 lessons, competitions, and challenges. Tricky Bridge has no pop-up advertisements, so you’ll enjoy uninterrupted learning. You can also play offline.
BridgeBee is a new bridge trainer app with a difference. A hybrid between a bridge lesson and an interactive AI-guided chatbot, this could be one of the best ways to inspire players and hone skills. It could do for bridge education what DuoLingo and its owl mascot has done for language learning. We interviewed Mary Maier from Baron Barclay about the beginnings of BridgeBee – and why every bridge player should check it out. Read article here ->
BridgeBegin – To improve beginner bridge players’ skills and teach bridge in an entertaining, and an easy way. Bridge teachers can also use this application in their classes. Deals on the web site and this application are randomly dealt with some limitations.
bid72: the app that takes you in a split second to the right contract. Practice your bidding, work on your partnership and measure your progress. Available on Google Play and the Apple Store. https://bid72.com
Kida – Double Dummy app for Kids (and Adults) to learn card play. Level 1 is designed for an absolute beginner. Levels 5 and 6 will be suitable for the intermediate player. There are 52 puzzles in each of the 6 levels. Its a hand holding app – so starts very very slowly – BUT one can start at ANY level.3 puzzles are unlocked in each level, but when each get solved successfully, the next one gets unlocked, and so on. Click here to travel to their website and download.
Bridge Doddle – This is a ‘flashcard’ app that presents bridge problems and provides informative instructional answers. Available through iTunes and Google Play. You can choose from more than 250 different in-apps, each system, each skill – in seven different languages. It now includes the new sets for SAYC, Better Minor, ACOL (3 different styles), 2/1, Precision and Forum D 2012 – the most current five-card-major-system of the German Bridge Association. New card sets are produced on a regular basis.
Bridge Solver– new android APP. Bridge Solver incorporates Bo Haglund’s double dummy solver module enabling calculation of makeable contracts and par contracts for any bridge hand. The user can ‘play’ all four positions interactively, and as each card is played the app shows the total number of tricks that will be made for each valid card that can be played in the current position (assuming perfect play by the declarer and defenders from that point onwards). It also contains a built in browser allowing the user to browse bridge club websites. For certain types of club results page (currently those hosted on BridgeWebs or Pianola) the app will recognise if the page contains a hand diagram – a single click will then import the hand into the app for double dummy analysis or interactive play as described above. The app can also import hands from a PBN file, or a hand can be manually entered.
LearnBridge – Learn to play Bridge with LearnBridge! Bridge is enjoyed by tens of millions of people around the world. Bridge is the ultimate trick-taking game, similar to Hearts, Spades, or Euchre, but with deeper and more rewarding strategy.
Synrey Bridge – play against robots in various challenges, with whist and mini-bridge to help new learners. This is a Chinese app recently ported over to English.
WizBridge+ – The new ‘Bridge’ game which will enthral and enthuse the complete novice, while pushing the Grand Master to the limits of their ability. WiZBridge+ is loosely based on Mini Bridge, which is an established teaching variant of Bridge.
IBEScore is an onsite game scoring app players use during face to face play. It tracks overall scores around the room which the Director can monitor and players can view scorecards, rankings or traveller comparisons, and friends and family can spectate from anywhere around the world as play happens. This is a neat new app that can enhance club or tournament play for players, directors and kibitzers.
Bridge Score Calculator: Using your Android phone or tablet, the Bridge Score Calculator displays any duplicate score possible. Simply Swipe and Tap your way to the contract and result desired. Click here.
BridgePhone. BridgePhone is a wireless scoring system leveraging modern Android phone technology.
Bridge Solver– Android APP. Bridge Solver incorporates Bo Haglund’s double dummy solver module enabling calculation of makeable contracts and par contracts for any bridge hand. The user can ‘play’ all four positions interactively, and as each card is played the app shows the total number of tricks that will be made for each valid card that can be played in the current position (assuming perfect play by the declarer and defenders from that point onwards). It also contains a built in browser allowing the user to browse bridge club websites. For certain types of club results page (currently those hosted on BridgeWebs or Pianola) the app will recognise if the page contains a hand diagram – a single click will then import the hand into the app for double dummy analysis or interactive play as described above. The app can also import hands from a PBN file, or a hand can be manually entered.
BRIAN: Duplicate Scoring/Reporting Ap. BriAn is an electronic scoring system for the game of contract bridge. Using Android smartphones and iPhones, BriAn can support duplicates, tournaments and café bridge. BriAn can also function as a personal scoresheet for a tournament, or as a record for social game of rubber or Chicago bridge.
Two Bridge apps for Android! Bridge Diary
There are some great online bridge clubs where you can play with people around the world. Many of these clubs have web-based interfaces, and most also have app interfaces. We’ve collected them all in our Play Online sectionsFind Online Bridge Club Apps Click Here