Home page: Introduction to BriJ
BJ Bridge (BriJ for short) is a unique duplicate bridge bidding and playing
game for Android.
First released in September 2013.
BriJ is designed both for beginners and those who know a bit about
the game. There's copious help at every stage. If you decide to
turn on hinting, there is guidance and detailed explanation for
each bid and play of the cards, whether it's you or the computer
playing the cards.
Touching any bidding or playing card opens a window to explain why
the play was made. There is also an automatic "Did
you know" feature to offer basic guidance in the early stages
of getting to know the game
- In the free version, BriJ follows a Benjaminised Acol style of bidding, conforming
in the main to the "Bridge for All" method recommended by the English
Bridge Union. See BriJ Bidding
and Playing Conventions. The PRO version of BriJ
has further options to choose a bidding method from any of the
basic systems ACOL, Benji Acol
or Standard American Yellow Card (SAYC). Within
your chosen system, the PRO version also lets you turn off any
convention you do not wish to adopt and allows adjustment of
point ranges assumed for opening bids, e.g. for 1NT or 2NT
- BriJ is optimised for both Android tablets and mobiles.
Layouts change automatically
in the mobile mode to fit in with limited screen space.
This example shows BriJ running on
various android devices with varying operating systems:
10.1 inch Motorola Xoom 2 tablet, Nexus 7, 8.2 inch Motorola
Xoom 2ME tablet, Nexus 4 (4.7 inch) and Nexus 5 (4.95 inch),
galaxy S4 (5 inch), San Francisco II (3.5 inch) Nook (7 inch)
and an Allwinner 7 inch (currently under £30 from Amazon !) .
It also shows some of the varying layouts you can choose to play
At the time of writing, you can purchase a 7 inch tablet with
8Gb memory (expandable), 1440x900 pixel screen and bluetooth for
under £80, so if you find BriJ useful,
this could be a good option
- If you have bluetooth you can connect up with other
players to practice bidding and playing as a partnership. If your partner
wins the contract you get the option to play in defence (against
your partner) or to play
the contract at the same time and independently of partner.
Connect with bluetooth and play anywhere, without Internet access!
- You can play in one or more seats at the same time, optionally
choosing to see hands one at a time. You can also rotate the table
to play an alternative hand, for example to mirror your seating
position at a club match
- BriJ is oriented towards Duplicate Bridge. It provides realism
by showing a proper bidding box. Tricks are also laid out as you
would expect in a normal game. Results of your playing efforts are
converted to Duplicate scores and you can see your running average
as a percentage
- Experienced club players can download hands from their club
website (when using BridgeWebs). BriJ will then include double-dummy
results shown on your club site, as well as individual pairs
results actually achieved. You can replay the hands against
to find out where you went wrong!
- BriJ bidding and BriJ playing engines use the same logic as real
human players. You have a reasonable chance of beating your computer opponents,
because BriJ does not cheat by peeking at the hidden cards to find
that impossible play! Like a real player, BriJ
will improve all the time. Look out for later releases!
- BriJ deals are normally totally random.
You can ask BriJ
to show predictions of what contracts are likely
in a particular deal and how many tricks ought to be made. Use this information before you start
bidding if you want to use it as a target for your own play. Or
see it only after you have played the contract
- In the PRO version, you can ask BriJ to select from random deals one that illustrates
a particular convention such as Puppet Stayman, for learning
/ practice purposes
- Any deal can be saved for playing at a later date and can be
passed to other BriJ players via email
- During bidding or play, you can cancel a card drawn in error,
or rewind bidding or play to an earlier point if you want to try
an alternative strategy
- There is plenty of tutorial material to help you get used to
the BriJ game and its many option settings, both within the game
and on this website (via
Bridge Beginners and
Please use the Support page to leave feedback on
things that you like/dislike, suggestions for future
BriJ releases and to provide details of any problems you find