How to Score a Chicago Wheel in Bridge - dummies

# How to Score a Chicago Wheel in Bridge

Fun and games are over. Now it’s time to experience playing bridge and scoring your first Chicago wheel! Can you stand all this excitement?

On the very first hand, you’re the dealer, and your side winds up playing a contract of 2♥. By sheer brilliance, you fulfill your contract and take exactly eight tricks. Your trick score is 30 × 2 = 60 + an automatic 50 for bidding and making a partscore contract. Drum roll, if you please: Chalk up 110 points and enter them on your score sheet.

Enter your trick score on the first deal.

Now you’re on to the second hand, in which the dealer’s side is vulnerable. The person to your left (an opponent) deals the second hand. Before the cards are dealt, put a 2 in the triangle to your left.

On the second deal, they hit you with a vulnerable game!

This time, your opponents get most of the high cards and wind up in 3NT, vulnerable, and make it. They get a 100-point trick score + 500 bonus points for bidding a vulnerable game. Enter 600 points under They. Oh well, life goes on. In fact, it goes on to hand 3.

Make a partscore with an overtrick on the third deal.

On hand 3, the dealer’s side (your team) is vulnerable. With both sides bidding, the opponents eventually outbid you buying the contract at 3♠. They need nine tricks but actually take ten! They make an overtrick (an extra trick). Their trick score is 4 × 30 = 120 + 50 (the partscore bonus) = 170. Enter it on the They side.

Hand 4 is the last hand of the wheel. This time both sides are vulnerable, and your side is behind! You have 110 points on your side and they have 770 on theirs. On this last hand, your side bids 6♠, which is a small slam. You make it — with an overtrick! Remember the formula: the trick score (7 × 30 = 210) + the game bonus (500, because you were vulnerable) + the small-slam bonus (750; again, because you were vulnerable), and in one fell swoop you have just made 1,460 points. Enter them on the We side.