Saturday, 16 July 2016 - 10:30am to Sunday, 17 July 2016 - 1:30pm

Do you love puzzles? Do you like card games? Do you like brainy family fun time?

British Council, Bengaluru in association with Karnataka State Bridge Association is organising a fun-filled workshop for children and parents.

Mind your cards! 

It is a 6 hour workshop introducing the mind sport called Bridge to children and their parents. The workshop is open to all British Council library members and non-members. Registrations will be accepted in pairs only (one child accompanied by one parent). This workshop is appropriate for children in the age group of 10 - 15 years

Programme details:

Day 1: The game – basics, graded puzzle solving session, summary by the co-ordinator

Day 2: Mini-Bridge – simple rules, Mini-Bridge puzzles, summary by the co-ordinator


Duplicate Bridge an indoor mind-sport is a part of the International Mind Sport Association (IMSA) along with Chess and similar sports. All mind-sports are skill and memory based non-gambling games. Working professionals recognise BRIDGE as a game that keeps their analytical, logical, out of box problem solving abilities sharp while exercising memory. Playing Bridge from a young age improves academic1 performance as demonstrated by studies conducted in UK schools2 and others. Schools are also increasingly adopting alternate Math training methods3 with Bridge as a tool. As one of the most popular social games in Britain, USA and other European nations, playing Bridge has also been proven to slow down onset of age-related mental illnesses and improve immune system health.

Bridge is played with a pack of cards. Bridge and Chess are the only two mind-sports included in the list of sports at the Asian Games to be held at Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, in 2018.

Karnataka State Bridge Association (KSBA)

KSBA is a non-profit sports body affiliated to the Sports Authority of Karnataka and is the apex body for administration of the game of Bridge within Karnataka. They have programmes introducing Bridge to children, families, working professionals and the elderly through schools, apartment associations, recreation clubs and social organisations, workplace HR initiatives, hobby clubs and consulates among others. To know more about KSBA, please visit  

Workshop Details

Fee: Rs. 500 per pair (for Library members) / Rs. 700 per pair (for non-members)

Seats available: 10 pairs

Registration: At the Library front desk (pay by cash/cheque/card) or email to Light refreshments will be provided as part of the workshop.

Registration fee is non-refundable. Limited numbers of seats are available, early applicants will receive priority. Seats will be confirmed only upon receipt of fee.


1. Study by ACBL

2. Study St Paul’s school, Manchester

3. School reports from Virginia, USA. Access them here and here

4. Study by Dr Marian C Diamond, Berkeley  

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