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How to Chart Your Bridge Points

7 of 7 in Series: The Essentials of Playing a Hand of Bridge

If you don’t want to keep your bridge points tallied in your head, you can use this chart instead. Just look up your bridge tally on this chart instead of fooling with a bunch of math every time you need to keep score.

Charting Your Bridge Score
Tricks Taken 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Notrump 40 70 100 130 160 190 220
Spades 30 60 90 120 150 180 210
Hearts 30 60 90 120 150 180 210
Diamonds 20 40 60 80 100 120 140
Clubs 20 40 60 80 100 120 140

This chart shows you how many points you score if you make your contract. Your score for making your contract depends on which suit your final contract is in and how many tricks you take. If you don’t make your contract, you don’t have to worry about this table. If you don’t make your contract, you don’t score any points — your opponents do!

Keep in mind that the first six tricks (the six tricks you automatically add to your bid) don’t count in the scoring. Here’s how you score the tricks after those first six:

  • Each trick in hearts or spades is worth 30 points.

  • Each trick in clubs or diamonds is worth 20 points.

  • The first trick in notrump is worth 40 points, but each subsequent trick is worth 30 points.

When you first start to play bridge, concentrate on the game and how to play it instead of fiddling with a bunch of math that’s already been done for you!

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