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A 4 player trick-taking card game where opposing partners try to either take the number of tricks they bid or prevent their opponents from doing so. When asking questions on bidding or play, please specify scoring system (Rubber, Matchpoints, IMPS, ec.), Dealer, vulnerability for both sides, full auction to the point of inquiry, and as complete a description of the visible hands as you can, including spot cards instead of x's.

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In Bridge can you ask for an “undo” if you make the wrong bid and do the opposition have to agree it?

Suppose your partner opens 1D and there is no interference bid. You reply 2S but realise that you should have bid 1S. Can you ask to take it back? And are the opponents obliged to allow you?
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Pulling double after Weak 2 and competition

This hand is discussed in the April 2021 ACBL Bulletin (p. 8) as a tempo issue, but I am interested in the underlying bidding issues Bidding East North West South 2 S 3H 3S Pass Pass 4C Dbl Pass ...
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Is playing against an opponent's known “misbids” a good way to defend against a contract?

Neither side vulnerable at rubber, South opens one spade. (He claims to subscribe to five card majors, three card minors, and strong 1NT but not "Flannery." He's also probably capable of &...
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If your partner opens with a “pass,” does that make you the “captain” in a bridge partnership?

There are two instances: You are either third or fourth seat, and partner has passed. In fourth seat, you are clearly the driver. After three passes, you are the one to decide whether the hand will be ...
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How to handle dummy's revoke due to a hidden card?

A final bid of 3 spades is made. The opponent leads a club and dummy lays down a hand showing no diamonds. Declarer wins the lead trick in hand and leads a diamond trumping it in dummy. Declarer then ...
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Bridge auction: 3rd suit tells – 4th suit asks

Subject: 3rd suit tells – 4th suit asks [in Bridge auction] I occasionally used to hear the old fogies round my bridge club quote the above phrase. However, none of them could ever really explain it ...
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Finesse or Drop at trick 5?

This is a problem from the "Card Play 101" column from the Feb 2021 ACBL Bridge Bulletin (page 44) South holds: (S) 6 3; (H) A K 9 8 5 2; (D) A K 4; (C) 7 6. (West deals, E-W vulnerable, ...
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Is anyone the “captain” of the partnership after the following bidding sequence?

Non vulnerable and playing five card majors, South opened onw spade. West passed. North raised to 3 spades. This was a "Bergen" raise, which is to say that North promised only four spades (...
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Are there times to double for a one trick set in duplicate, when you would not do so in rubber?

In rubber bridge, I would "never" double a part score contract for a one trick set. The reason is that a successful double will increase your score from 50 to 100 if the opponents are not ...
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Rubber Bridge scoring

In Rubber Bridge scoring, If the player wins two games with the opponent having an intervening game,does the opponent get 300 for their game?
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Am I allowed to open at the “one” level with hand like AKQxxxx xx xx xx?

I am concerned about a ACBL rules that says that an opening "one" bid cannot be weaker than the top of a "weak two" bid. With this hand, many might open with a "weak two, &...
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Can a J-T combination be counted as a single honor under a “two honor” rule?

There are times in bridge (e.g. when opening a "weak two") when a bidder needs a strong suit headed by at least two out of the three "top" honors, that is A-K, A-Q or K-Q. The ...
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Should I “take out” a double, using a two card suit?

In an earlier question, the consensus was that I should answer a takeout double of one heart with one spade (the cheaper bid) rather than two clubs. (I agree with that consensus.) The exact situation ...
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What are the rules regarding play of a singleton?

A player waited 3 minutes to play a singleton. We were playing 3 NT and an opponent paused 3 minutes on the second trick leaving 2 minutes to play 11 tricks. What are the rules regarding this ...
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What is forcing after opening a minor and partner bids a major, and I jump to 2NT?

I open 1D, partner bids 1S, I bid 2NT, opponents have remained silent - partner bids 3D? Is that forcing?
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What adjustments do you have to make if partner leads “third highest” instead of “fourth highest” to open?"

I would imagine that when using the "rule of 11," you would subtract the card's rank from 12 instead of 11 to get the number of outstanding cards higher than the led card outside of the ...
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In Duplicate Bridge, does the person holding a particular set of cards open the bidding in all times that particular deal is played?

Say the same deal is played by 5 different pairs of people. Is the person opening the bid each time that particular deal is played have the same set of cards in his hand? Or is the dealer/opener also ...
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How to bid and make a grand slam with 28 HCP between the partnership?

The Common Game recently had this board in which the East-West pair usually ended up bidding and making a game contract of 3NT or 4 spades. Only 3 pairs of almost 1,000 bid and made grand slams; 42 ...
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Bidding in contract bridge

I am not a bridge player. I have a question about bidding in contract bridge. The question isn't about the mechanics of bidding or what is the ”best” bid given a particular hand. My question is about ...
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In response to an opening bid of 1 spade by my partner, why do I have to have at least 5 pieces in hearts (+ the usual points) in order to respond 2H?

I've had this "rule" drilled into me for decades; but somebody asked me recently for an explanation, which I was unable to provide.
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Is it unethical to “mislead” partner if s/he is the weakest player at the table?

Normally (on defense), you try to play in a way to reasonably "signal" and inform partner of your holdings. But suppose partner is the weakest player at the table, and is unlikely to read ...
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Contract Bridge - Purpose of 4 diamonds bid by West

I'm a very inexperienced bridge player (currently in Series 9 on FunBridge) and played a following deal (sorry for posting an image, a PBN version is provided below) using SAYC conventions (all other ...
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What is the etiquette behind “thanking” partner for dummy?

When you are a (bridge) declarer, and partner lays down dummy, it is customary to say "thank you partner." But suppose a declarer got into a sloppy habit of saying "thank you partner&...
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What type of hands are suitable for minor suit contracts after an NT opener?

I know that when you hold a 6-card minor suit and a really weak hand (such as holding Jxxxxx in the minor and not much else after 1NT opener), you would play some system to transfer into the minor. ...
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Simplest finesses in Spades?

A finesse is a technique which enable a player to win a trick when an opponent is holding a stronger card. I read several articles about finesse in contract Bridge, and I interested, What are the best ...
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What do you respond to a 1-of-a-Minor opening with 4-card support and no 4-card major?

With 5-card support for the minor, I would always raise it and let opener decide if a game in notrumps would be preferable. With exactly 4-card support, should you raise it or bid NT (probably with a ...
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Should opener's NT rebids after 1-of-a-Major have different HCP ranges than with 1-of-a-Minor?

With a balanced 15-17 HCP and 5-card major, I will usually open 1M instead of (strong) 1NT. The traditional balanced HCP for bids are as follows: 12-14 HCP: Rebid 1NT 15-17 HCP: Open 1NT 18-19 HCP: ...
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Are there ways to handicap bridge as there are in chess and go?

The games of chess and go can be "handicapped" by giving the weaker player a material advantage. That is, the weaker chess player gets extra pawns or pieces and the weaker go player extra stones. (...
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Are there bridge behaviors that are technically within the rules that could be considered unethical?

I would imagine that there might be more than one example, but the one that occurs to me is connected with "pysch" bids. That is the practice of bidding values that one doesn't have, in order to ...
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Are there times when “doubling” will not help the opponents make the hand?

In bridge, if I "double" (the stakes for) an opponent's contract, it usually means that I see a way to defeat the contract. Of course, declarer hears my double and will reasonably conclude, "Tom has ...
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Was I right to bid something other than one club with the following hand?

This was a Baron Barclay's problem. Both vulnerable, I was sitting South after three passes with the following hand: (All x's are 6 or lower). (s) AT7x (h) Kxx (d)9xx (c) AJX. I elected to pass. I ...
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online bridge with 2 casual players vs computer? [closed]

I'd like to play bridge with a partner -- but against a computer so we can take as much time as we like. This option would be especially useful for beginners and people getting back into the game ...
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Bridge simple open bid for 7♠, 2♥, 1♦, 3♣? [closed]

With the following hand should I open with 3 spades to let my partner know I have a 7 spades? This is my hand ♠ AK87642 ♥ T3 ♦ 4 ♣ JT8 I am a beginner.
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Conventional treatment of a particular negative double

In the system I am playing with my partner, our 1 clubs opening frequently contains a(ny) balanced hand with 12-13 points. Because of this we have recently introduced the modern 'expert treatment' ...
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Should N-S be in 3NT if not vulnerable?

This hand was presented by Michael Berkowitz in the column of Larry Cohen. These are experts I consider on the "aggressive side. Both vulnerable, the bidding was South West North East 1d Pass 2d ...
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What progress has been made in computerized bridge play?

Computer programs have been produced for games such as Chess, Go, Poker, StarCraft 2, Dota. The best ones, Deep Blue and AlphaGo , AlphaZero, Pluribus,... are now considered better than the best ...
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Can I use simulation to show that one bidding point count is more accurate than another?

I've created a new bridge point count system with aces worth 4.5 points, kings worth 3.0 points, queens worth 1.5 points, jacks worth 0.75 points, and tens worth 0.25. There are still 40 points in the ...
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Is there a penalty for constantly calling a revoke to disrupt the play?

A player in duplicate bridge constantly calls a revoke to disrupt the play. Is there a penalty to this player's side for this discourtesy?
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Was South's bidding really as “edgy” as an expert suggests?

Here is a Frank Stewart hand. You, South hold, ♠K986 ♥KT7 ♦875 ♣KQ9 Both vulnerable, North dealt and opened 1C. North East South West 1C Pass 1S Pass 2S Pass 3C Pass 3D ...
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In bridge, can you tell your partner that your two bid is a weak two?

In bridge, can you tell your partner that your two bid is a weak two or a strong two as you make the bid?
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Can dummy claim points for honors in contract bridge?

North won the bid at 4 hearts. When South laid down his dummy hand, South had 4 of the top 5 hearts. Is the North-South team eligible to declare 100 honors even though North won the bid and South ...
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What is scored for bidding and making 3 Clubs Doubled?

Bidder bids 3 Clubs. Opponent doubles. No other bids. Bidder makes 3 Clubs. What is the Score the Bidder gets?
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How to bid a slam when partnership cannot find the best suit?

The following hand was dealt recently in the Common Game; but only a very small number of partnerships bid and made a slam (1 grand; 2 small slams). As you can see from the last 2 lines, the computer ...
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Did I overstate my values on the following bidding?

Nobody vulnerable, partner, South, dealt and opened one spade. West overcalled 2C. Sitting North, I called 2H holding (s) xx (h) KQT8xx (d) xx (c) Kxx. (All x's are 7 or lower.) Partner bid 3d, so I ...
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Did I “really” have too many points for the following bid?

Not vulnerable versus vulnerable, I was sitting third position with the following hand: (s) KQx (h) --- (d) KJ9xxx (c) K8xx. (All x's are 7 or lower.) I opened 2D, a "weak two" after two passes. One ...
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Are bidding systems geared toward “optimizing” contracts?

Most contracts can succeed with some distributions and defenses of the 26 opposing cards, and fail with others. If a contract (except a grand slam) makes against any defense and distribution you've ...
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Is it correct to play defensive high-lo or “echo” with two small honors?

I'm sitting East, defending a two heart contract with the following hand: (s) QJ (H) J642 (d) K743 (c) T72. Partner, West, leads the king of Spades, from what is likely an AK sequence. With two random ...
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Responding to partner's double in Party Bridge

The dealer bid 1♣. I am the second chair and had no high card points and no 5 card major. My highest card was a ♥9 therefore, I passed. The dealer's partner raised her bid to 2♠. My partner doubled ...
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In bridge, are there penalties for “table talk” that can only help the opponents?

Declarer is playing a hand. Dummy has very limited rights to talk, such as "no more of the suit, partner?" to prevent a possible "revoke." But suppose dummy asks indiscreetly, "why did you do that, ...
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Is a fifth card in a suit often a decisive factor in three no trump contracts?

I've seen a number of successful 3 NT contracts made with 23-24 HCPs (not 26). In most of these cases, the declarer's side had a solid five card suit that provided a large number of tricks. On the ...

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