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Left handed bridge (cards)

Bridge is a popular card game played by 4 people. There are lots of variations on the game and in some versions the players have to write down the cards in their hand before the game starts. Keith's Mum picked up the game card below at her bridge club where one of the players is left-handed, organises her hand in descending sequence from right to left and writes it down the same way (playing East on the card). Apparently it causes much confusion among the other players but she insists she is allowed to do it that way and the others are all back-to-front – Good on her!!

Left handed bridge game card

[Added later – Thanks to Richard for pointing out there was a mistake on the bridge game card.   Both East and West say they have the 3 of hearts and no-one says they have the 3 of diamonds, so perhaps East causes more confusion than just her left-handed hand recording!! Though to be fair, it could have been the right-hander at West that made the   mistake.   Either way, it is a good example of the eagle-eyed lefthander able to spot inconsistencies and errors   easily, but that is a whole different article.]

When we did some research on bridge and left-handedness it seems a lot of people think that left-handers have an advantage because of their creative thinking rather than the more linear thinking of right-handers (though both are obviously broad generalisations). Anecdotally, it seems a lot of very successful bridge players are left-handed and a lot of the top partnerships are made up of a left-hander and a right-hander so when working closely together they can get the best of both worlds.

Use the comments box below to let us have your thoughts on this and any evidence you can come up with and also if there are any other card games where left-handers may have an advantage or playing left-handed can cause difficulties.

Left handed playing cards (marked in all four corners)

Left handed playing cardsYou can only fan your cards and organise your hand from right to left if you have cards that are marked in all four corners, otherwise you would not be able to see anything!

Use this link to find out more and order card marked all four corners from the Anything Left-Handed online store (available with blue or red backs)

The video below demonstrates the problem with normal cards and how to overcome it.

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4 comments on “Left handed bridge (cards)
  1. Margaret Boone says:

    I am a bronze life master and ranked in the top 35% of bridge players worldwide, and also left-handed. In our club there is certainly a higher percentage of left-handers than there are in the general population. I do think that we are smarter and craftier players than most of the righties, though certainly not all!! There are several who are much better players than me.

    I have learned to face my bidding cards, and write down the card order in the conventional, right to left manner, like the vast majority of other players. I think lefties who don’t are just being stubborn, because I am more left than most. Not only is my left hand dominant, but my left foot and left eyes are dominant as well. I find it annoying that other lefties don’t do the same because following the conventional procedure makes it easier on everyone.

  2. Emma Shane says:

    Well not bridge or poker, but still on the theme of card games, there is also a card game called Speed (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_(card_game) ), which I remember playing as a teenager. We only ever played the 2 person version.
    There was one other girl in my class who was also left-handed, now if we played anyone else we’d play it with the cards the right-handed way, as we felt the other players couldn’t or wouldn’t adjust, but we always rather liked playing it together, because THEN we could play it lefthanded, which suited us both better.

  3. Paul says:

    Two common left-handed traits applicable here are, firstly, the left-hander’s ability to see/preference for seeing the ‘big picture’ and, secondly, a strength in intuitive thinking. When playing bridge, the ability to see the big picture gives us lefties the knowledge of how the bidding of the opponents, and our partners, reflects the composition of their hands, and how that fits with the cards in our own hand. Intuitive thinkers are also at an advantage because we are more aware of the myriad of clues given by, for example, the opponents’ facial expressions, tone of voice, hand gesticulations and many other subconscious signs which suggest the composition of their hands. Left-handers also are quick to spot patterns and there are many in bridge, from the pattern of bidding, from one hand to the next, the pattern of play, and even the rhythm of the opponents’ manipulation of their cards. When playing a 3 handed whist based game with two right-handed friends I frequently astound them by intuitively knowing which suit will be played in the next trick and which card I will lay in response.
    Right handers, on the other hand 😉 are good at detail, e.g the details of which cards have been played/still have to be played – an extremely useful skill! I tend to forget those details quite readily and have to concentrate very hard to remember them!!!

    Whilst we’re discussing cards, I hold the fan of cards in my right hand and manipulate the individual cards with my left hand. Is this common to other lefties? Or do you hold the fan in your left hand and play them with your right hand?

  4. Keith says:

    We are also interested to know more about being left-handed and playing poker

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