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!!
[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)
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.