I'm learning Bezique, and I'm confused by the melding rules. The basic rule is that during the melding phase, after winning a trick, you may meld a set of cards in your hand and gain points.
But there are also conditions whereby you may reuse an already-melded card in another meld, but the various instructions I've been reading are unclear on exactly what those conditions are. Rules I've seen include:
- A card may be reused in another meld if it's a different meld.
- A card may be reused in another meld only if it yields more points than the original meld.
- Some rules say if a marriage is broken up by playing one of the cards, the marriage may be reformed later with a new K or Q; but others say the only way to create another marriage of the same suit is if both cards are new.
In the game my opponent and I just played, she made a sequence (J/Q/K/10/A, same suit), then played one of the cards, then replaced it with the same card, and scored the sequence again. At the time I thought this was legal, but now I'm not so sure.
So when exactly may I reuse a meld, or a previously-melded card?