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The Play of the Hand at Bridge

After the bidding for tricks, the play begins. Either your team or the other team makes the final bid. Let's pretend that you make the final bid — for nine tricks. Therefore, your goal is to win at least [more…]

Starting a Bridge Game: Dealing and Bidding

Obviously, more is involved in playing a game of bridge than you can collect in one or two articles. If playing bridge were that simple, it wouldn't be half as challenging, rewarding, and fun. Here is [more…]

Understanding the Basics of Trump Suits in Bridge

In bridge, the bidding often designates a suit as the trump suit. If the final contract has a suit associated with it, spade 4, heart 3, diamonds 2, or even clubs 1, for example, that suit becomes the [more…]

Being Kind to Your Bridge Partner

Most bridge players value a reliable, happy partner above anything else. It's important to the success of your partnership that you work together as a team. You both want to win, so you can't gain anything [more…]

Playing in Novice Bridge Tournaments

After you gain some confidence with your play, you may consider the next big step: playing in a novice tournament. You can find these novice tournaments staged at your local bridge club. [more…]

Supplies You Need for Playing Bridge

Before you can begin to play bridge, you need to outfit yourself with some basic supplies. Actually, you may already have some of these bridge supplies around the house, just begging for you to use them [more…]

The Stages of Bidding in a Bridge Game

In bridge, the bidding begins after the cards have been shuffled and dealt. The players pick up their hands and assess their strength. The mechanics of the bridge bidding process follow a certain routine [more…]

Understanding Bridge: Trump and Notrump Play

You can’t get very far playing bridge if you don’t decode these funny phrases: trump and notrump. So, what do the terms trump and notrump mean to a bridge player? [more…]

How to Bid Suits in the Proper Order in Bridge

Without order, there's chaos — even when playing bridge. When bidding suits, you must follow a specific order. During the bidding of a hand of bridge, players can’t make a bid unless their bid is higher [more…]

Phases of a Game of Bridge

To understand the phrases of bridge, you must remember that bridge is a partnership game —you don’t score points individually, you score points as a team [more…]

How to Make a Proper Bid in Bridge

Bridge bids have a legal ranking structure all their own. Remember that each new bid any player makes must outrank the previous one. During the bidding, players call out their bids to communicate information [more…]

Determining Who Plays a Hand after Bidding in Bridge

When you play bridge, if your partnership buys the final contract, the bidding determines who plays the hand (the declarer) and who kicks back and watches the action [more…]

How to Make an Opening Bid in Bridge

Making the opening bid in a hand of bridge can be nerve-wracking for novices. After the cards are dealt, you pick them up, sort them, and evaluate the strength of your hand. You may get a chance to make [more…]

How to Add Up High-Card Points in Bridge

Your honor cards (the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten in each suit) contribute to the strength of your hand. When you pick up your hand, assign the following points to each of your honor cards: [more…]

How to Respond to a Bridge Bid with a Jump Shift

When your partner opens the bidding and catches you with 17 or more high-card points (HCP), game is a certainty. To tell your partner the good news, you usually [more…]

How to Respond to an Opening Bid in Bridge

Your bridge partner has opened the bidding. Congratulations! Your side has made the first step toward determining the best contract. Now it’s your turn at bat. Get ready to tell your partner, the opener [more…]

How to Become the Captain in Bridge

Captain on the bridge! In bridge, the captain is the one who makes the final decision of how high to bid. During the bidding in a game of bridge, each player tries to determine his partner’s strength and [more…]

How to Rebid Your Long Suit in Bridge

When playing bridge, sometimes you (the responder) have a long, strong suit. Strong six-card suits, especially major suits, were made to be bid and rebid. But don’t forget that you also have to tell your [more…]

How to Know When to Rebid or Pass in Bridge

After you open the bidding in bridge and your partner makes a response, do you have to bid again, or can you just pass? You may want to make a second bid, called your [more…]

How to Redouble in Bridge

Some bridge opponents don’t like to be doubled — and they can respond by redoubling, telling you that they think you’ve made a colossal mistake by making a penalty double [more…]

How to Overcall in Bridge Bidding

If a bridge opponent opens the bidding, you may be able to interfere with a bid (or bids) by overcalling. You overcallwhen you bid a different suit than the suit your opponent bid. [more…]

How to Respond to Your Bridge Partner’s Overcall

After one of your bridge opponents opens the bidding and your partner overcalls, you need to repond to that overcall. You know that your partner has a five- or six-card suit — more often than not, a five-card [more…]

Basics of Penalty Doubles in Bridge

Knowing when to make a penalty double (a bridge bid that tells your partner and the world that the opponents have overreached themselves) is truly the hallmark of a winning player. You’re most apt to lash [more…]

How to Know When to Double in Bridge

In bridge, the penalty double offers a formidable weapon that keeps your opponents from stepping all over you. If they know that you won’t ever double them, they’ll take all kinds of liberties in the bidding [more…]

How to Count a Suit in Bridge

To know when your small cards in a hand of bridge are winners, you must become familiar with the dreaded “c” word, counting. If you count the cards in the suit you’re playing, you can tell whether your [more…]


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