Ever since the computer has become a household product, a devise by which the owner can communicate with the external world, so long have bridge players been tinkering with, experimenting with, and developing means and ways to not only compute bridge results and scores, but also how to bring the bridge-related material and information to the individual bridge player.
The results are stupendous, relieving many directors of inane bean counting, and allowing the game to progress and be brought to the individual bridge player in minutes. Such programs also allow the bridge player to play directly with other bridge players without leaving the home, and this on an international and global scale.
Our attempt is to present on this web page updated information about Bridge Scoring Programs and also about Computer Software written and developed for the bridge player. The BridgeGuys.com would greatly appreciate hearing from the developers, the programmers about their efforts. We would also appreciate hearing from our visitors about sites, which are not listed here.
ACBL Score - Developed by ACBL. The visitor will have to search the Website for the software application.
Bridge Scoring Program - Developed by Mr. Mike Rothwell. A suite of programs which will score pairs events, teams, Swiss teams and individual events.
Bridge Scoring Program - Developed by Ruth Edmondson. A program which scores Duplicate pairs and almost any movement.
Bridge Scoring Program - Developed by Mr. Tony Haworth. The program is a pairs scorer, match point pairs, butler scoring, cross-imp scoring, aggregate scoring), catering for up to 28 tables and 25 rounds within any one section. Multi-section (5), and multi-session (4), scoring is accommodated. Any movement can be handled, and can include arrow-switches, rovers, sit-outs, pre-duplicated rounds, etc.
Bridge Scoring Programs and Utilities - Developed by Mr. Jeff Smith.
Bridgemate - The Bridgemate scoring system is an advanced scoring system for bridge, developed to make recording of the results easier, reduce errors to a minimum, have real-time registration of the results in the scoring program and increase the speed of publishing final results. Both players and directors will benefit from using the Bridgemate: players will find the Bridgemate an easy to use device and will enjoy the instant feedback on their results after entry of each result, directors can now focus completely on supervising the tournament without worrying about picking up score sheets, recording player names etc.
Note: For additional information two .pdf files are included.
The Bridgemate wireless scoring system consists of table-top terminals at which player enter their player numbers (member codes) and the board results. A central receiver is connected to the computer for picking up scores from the Bridgemates and transferring them to the scoring program. Wireless radio-transmission is used to transmit the data. The communication is bi-directional, offering the possibilities to send data back from the receiver to the Bridgemates, like obtained percentage for the board just played, overview of other results on the board.
This software application was developed by Mr. Ron Bouwland, The Netherlands, and has been in use since the late 1990's. It is the proven system for wireless scoring with over 45,000 Bridgemates used around the world in over 35 countries. The World Bridge Federation and European Bridge League have used Bridgemates for all of their tournaments starting in 2005. Over 180,000 boards were scored at the World Bridge Olympiad in Beijing in 2008.
Note: Wireless scoring is relatively new to North America. In 2006 ACBL started programming to adapt ACBL-score for wireless scoring. The developer and distributors began testing with ACBL in November 2006 and support for the Bridgemate wireless scoring system has been a standard feature of the Windows version since March 2007. Presently there are clubs and Units from Alaska to Key West as well as across Canada using Bridgemate Pro Scoring Systems.
BridScore - Developed by Mr. Bob Anderson. Duplicate Bridge Scoring System for Match Pointed Pairs.
CASS - The EBU Club Scoring System.
Duplicate Scorer - Developed by Mr. Keith Sheppard. By Soxoft. A free Duplicate Bridge scoring system.
The ECatsBridge Program & Manual
Fin-S Bridge Scoring System - Developed by Mr. Chris Stableford. A comprehensive suite of scoring and utility programs for Bridge Club Scorers, Tournament Directors and Event Organisers.
Ruth Edmondson's Program - Developed by Ruth Edmondson. A program which scores Duplicate pairs and accommodates almost any movement.
SCBridge Program - Developed by Mr. Stephen Brown. Scores Duplicates of up to 30 tables in a section, or more in multi-section mode). Scores Mitchells, shares and relays, arrow-switches, full and part Howells.
The Bligh Web Site - The website of Mr. Stephen Bligh. Score Bridge - A description of the Bridge Scoring Program developed by Mr. Stephen Bligh.
Tony Haworth's Program - Developed by Mr. Tony Haworth. The program is a pairs scorer (match point pairs, butler scoring, cross-imp scoring, aggregate scoring), catering for up to 28 tables and 25 rounds within any one section. Multi-section (5), and multi-session (4), scoring is accommodated. Any movement can be handled, and can include arrow-switches, rovers, sit-outs, pre-duplicated rounds, etc.
BridgePad - The Wireless Bridge Scoring System. The BridgePad™ scoring system, developed by a lifelong Duplicate Bridge player, is a sophisticated, yet easy to use Contract Bridge Scoring System for eliminating the distracting and time-consuming tasks of the traditional paper-based scoring system.
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