I began writing a bridge program in 1990 as my wife Candace and I sailed our cutter across the Pacific. When this project moved from pastime to obsession, somewhere between Mexico and the Marquesas, Candace began looking for something to read during the long passages. Since most of the books onboard were about bridge, she started reading them and playing my program. Soon, my program became the second mate on board, a source of enjoyment and learning for both of us, and it was duly named "BridgeMate." In recognition of the maturity and added improvements in the program, the program's name has been promoted to Bridge Captain.
Bridge Captain has come a long way since those early years when it was first written on an 8088 laptop computer. With this CD version, you can play tournaments and IMP yourself against the experts such as Zia and Forrester in the 1998 Cap Gemini World Top Tournament and Hamman and Wolff in the 1997 Bermuda Bowl.
Screens are more attractive since converting from 1992's Version 1, a text-based DOS program, to Version 4, a 32-bit program designed for Windows 95 and later operating systems. Entering Custom Hands or parameters for Practice Hands is easier and more intuitive. As with each prior version, major improvements have been made to the bidding and play.
Whether you are an advanced player, a beginner, or a teacher, Bridge Captain has something to offer. With Bridge Captain, you play the way you want to play. Keep it simple by choosing from a default convention card (CC), or add all the sophistication you want by customizing your own CC. More than 300 conventions are available. Set up Practice Hands or Custom Hands. Compete against friends by playing a match, against experts by playing a tournament, or against the computer by playing Random Hands with Team or Duplicate scoring.
However you use Bridge Captain, have fun.