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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 ...

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Can I find online free books to learn bridge [on hold]

Can I find online books to learn bridge ? Or any good free handout, or good site to learn bridge
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Dummy's role during the play of a hand

If, during the play of a hand, dummy touches a card in the dummy hand, is that card considered to be played?
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What the is frequency with which a bridge partnership is dealt hands suitable for bidding 2-over-1?

A number of people that I play bridge with started learning 2-over-1; but found when they tried using it that the frequency with which hands suitable for its use is low. One of them even quotes 8% and,...
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What could 1NT mean opposite a partner's takeout double?

Here, for reference, is the entire hand that inspired the question. With only us vulnerable, left hand opponent bid one spade, partner doubled for takeout, right hand opponent passed, and I have (s)...
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Can “quick tricks” be a guide to defense in bridge?

Early on, before bidding systems were elaborated in bridge, "quick tricks" provided something of a guide to bidding. For instance, people might open hands with a configuration of AKxxx Axxx xx xx, ...
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Is an emphasis on card reading/counting well placed for a learner?

I am a "developing" bridge player who has come to the conclusion that card reading/counting ability is the most important skill to learn; more than say, new bidding conventions. There may be a ...
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Rubber bridge scoring a revoke [duplicate]

I play rubber bridge informally with friends. In the case of a revoke, we play that 2 penalty tricks are awarded to the declarer. I do not think this should happen automatically particularly when ...
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Bridge: Strong balanced hand rebid?

I open 1D with a balanced hand of 19HCP. Partner bids 1NT. No interference from oponents. How do I show my strength in NT in rebid? Should I bid 2NT or 3 NT?
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Is there a correct overcall or double in this case?

Let's say I have a 4S-3H-4D-2C distribution and 12-18 points. One of the opponents has already opened and they didn't bid clubs but one of the other suits (S, H or D). Now what can I bid? I cannot ...
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When none of the opening bids are suitable - what do you bid?

Let's say I have a 4-4-4-1 distribution. I have somewhere between 20 to 22 points. What do I bid in this case? 2NT is not possible because of the singleton. 2C is not possible because what would be ...
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How to reach either a 6 Hearts or a 6 NT contract?

Yesterday I picked up this in the South hand: 15 HCP, 5 spades headed by Ace Queen, two small Hearts, a Diamond triplet led by the Ace and in clubs the King, Queen, small. This is a pretty standard ...
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How can 7NT be played for this hand?

I played a deal online as South and ended up as 3NT +3 (490 points). The deal analysis page indicates that this deal can be played at 7NT. I retried several times, went straight for 7NT, but all ...
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Duplicate bridge mislead

If player pulls card out of his hand and then puts it back in his hand, and opponents have seen the card, must player play that card?
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Bridge auction and play with a 5521 hand opposite 1255

Playing at a matchpoint Swiss pairs event yesterday, I played this hand as north. Our auction went 1♤-2♢-2♡-3NT-4♡. I had difficulty choosing what to bid over 3NT. South could have bid the fourth ...
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How many tricks can the opponents claim if I revoke twice in one game?

I would like to know about revokes in bridge. Can the opponents claim 3 tricks?
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Why open 1NT with a 6 card minor?

I often see good players note on their convention cards that 1NT may contain a 6 card minor. Depending on the strength on the 1NT range, I would bid such hands 1m - 2m (12-15) or 1m - 3m (15-18). What ...
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How to play AKJx opposite xxx for 3 tricks at matchpoints

Say I need 3 trick from the suit AKJx opposite xxx to make my contract at matchpoints. I recently discovered that the best line is to cash AK and then lead to the jack (winning when the suit breaks 3-...
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Bridge hand with high card points between 1NT (15-17) and 2NT (20-21)

A few years ago, I submitted a question here about opening a balanced hand in the so-called "no man's land" of 18-19 HCP, ie. too strong to open 1NT and too weak to open 2NT. Many thanks to those who ...
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Trying to understand when to take a deep finesse?

This is from Dorothy Truscott Hayden's book "Winning Declarer Play". Dummy AQ9 West East ? ...
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Can opponents ask for “alerts” in bridge?

Suppose a bidder makes an unusual bid that is "alertable." The bidder's partner is then supposed to say "alert," and then field questions about the bid. But suppose the partner fails to do this. Can ...
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If opener “pre-empts” in first or second position, can you reasonably assume a pretty strong suit?

Opener bids three of a suit. This particular opener always has seven cards when s/he does this. My a priori view of "average expectations" for opener's suit would be something like A-Q-T-8-6-4-2 (...
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Rubber bridge: when must honours be declared in order to be scored?

If you have four or five honors (or four aces in no-trump), when does it have to be declared? The last time I played, I declared my four honors for 100 points after the hand was over. The bridge ...
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Overcalls at duplicate Bridge

As west, my partner opened 1 club; north, the TD, called one spade and in the east seat I replied 2 hearts. Thereupon my partner alerted and advised the table that I was showing 5 hearts (a first ...
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What system is this expert using?

You are at favorable vulnerability. LHO deals and passes. Partner bids one heart, RHO opponent passes. An expert (Frank Stewart) "surely" recommends that you respond 1NT with the following: (s)J954 (h)...
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What is the penalty for the dummy failing to follow suit?

I failed to have the dummy follow suit because the remaining card of that suit was accidentally hidden under a card of another suit. This was discovered later in the game, and treated as a normal ...
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Bridge Responding to 1NT with 0 HCP?

What is the best response to a 1NT opening bid when responder has 0 HCP and 5 clubs and you have agreed with partner to use Staymans?
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Why is being in the dummy in bridge called “on the board”?

It is customary when declarer is in the dummy to say "on the board"? Where did this terminology come from?
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Meaning of redouble in Goren system?

Here is the situation. Playing best of minors (with four diamonds and 14 points with no five card suit) I opened one diamond. Opponent on my left Doubled. My partner Redoubled. Her partner passed and ...
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Contract Bridge Games Verses Party Bridge Scoring?

In scoring contract rubber bridge, if you make 2 or more games out of 3 you get 500/700 pts for a rubber. If you make 2 games consecutively before your opponents make a game at all you get 700 pts. ...
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Does the “forced response to a new suit” concept apply to both players in the Goren bidding system?

Does the "forced response to a new suit" concept apply to both the partner and the opening bidder during the course of bidding, assuming both have adequate point count to bid to game? For example, 1....
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Bridge Scoring and sacrifice optimization against slam bids?

Suppose North and South go through Blackwood and decide on 6 Spades making a Slam of 980 points. Their opponents decide to optimize the points. So suppose East decides that he has 6 Clubs including ...
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Dummy knows more than declarer

This week I was playing bridge, specifically as dummy in a no-trump contract. With two tricks to go, the lead was in dummy, and my partner said "Play either, they're both losers." Actually she had ...
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5 card major bridge

Playing 5 card major, a weak NT, rubber bridge. After a 1NT opening, west bids 2 clubs (interfering) - opener's partner bids 2 hearts - is this still a weakness takeout (i.e. Limit bid telling ...
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Can a reverse follow a 2-over-1 response?

This question is related to What Is a “Reverse” In Bridge?, but covers a different case. I understand that reverses (17+ HCP, longer in first suit than second) apply to a 1-level response: S W ...
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In bridge, how low an “unlucky” percentage would a good player guard against?

If a contract depended on say, a finesse, most good players would look for plays that would give a better than 50-50 chance of succeeding. (Unless the finesse was marked by the bidding or early play.) ...
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Bridge and limitations for Dummy

One of my partners is nearly blind and has trouble distinguishing between hearts and diamonds and between spades and clubs. Is it proper for me, as Dummy, to call out the cards as they are played on ...
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How should I alert this 1D opening?

In the context of a precision system, the 1D bid is nominally 11-15 high card points and could be one of the following hand types: Unbalanced with 3+ diamonds, no 5-card major, no 6-card club suit (...
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What are the rules on revokes in bridge game

If "Sam" calls a revoke and he is incorrect, does the other side receive any score points for Sam's incorrect call?
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Revoke in duplicate bridge

I revoked on trick 11 and the trick was played out. On trick 12 I was second to play and the revoke was pointed out. I was told to correct the revoke and we would sort it out at the end. I won the ...
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What are the causes (and cures) for bridge experts' mistakes?

As an amateur, I will probably make (numerous) mistakes, through ignorance or lack of technical knowledge. Experts, by definition, don't have this problem. Yet bridge books that I have read report ...
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STD. AMERICAN - 2 over 1, Bidding with a 5 card major and 16 points

A question on which i think the Jury is still out - With a 5 card Major and 16 points - lets say 5-3-3-2 do I open 1 NT or bid 1 of the major. And how do I show my partner a medium hand if I do open ...
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In bridge, is there a penalty if dummy incorrectly lays down his hand?

In bridge, is there a penalty if dummy lays down his hand and places a spade with the clubs and it is not noticed by the players until the third round is played?
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Are there systems or experts that will deduct a point for weak tripletons?

One of the easier ways to lose a game contract is to have something like Jxx opposite Txx, and lose the first three tricks with a "long" and weak suit. That spells automatic defeat at a minor suit ...
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When should I lead a trump?

In which situations should my opening lead be a trump? For example, when the opponents have a 4-4 fit, or when I have a singleton etc.?
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In bridge, what happens if a bidder makes a wrong bid that can't be corrected?

Suppose opener bids one spade. Second seat doubles (takeout). Responder redoubles. Then fourth seat "bids" one club and the opener declines to let it stand. That is an easy fix. Fourth seat has ...
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How much would you revalue your hand after finding a “double fit?”

Suppose you hear your partner open one spade. You, the responder (North) have: (s)Kxx (h)xx (d)xxx (c)AKxxx, and respond two clubs. Opener now bids three clubs, showing you a "double fit" in spades ...
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Are there standards for Bridge robots

I'm thinking of building a bridge robot that bids and plays a hand. Are there any standards for robots to play against each other?
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Bridge - Standard American [closed]

While playing 2 over 1 where a responders bid of 2 in a new suit shows 13 or more points (we open with 12 points) and is game forcing then a 1NT response to a Major opening by partner would show upto ...
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Bridge Responders Jump shows a preempt or points…Playing Standard American

I am back, played a club level tournament recently. Got creamed in it. I think I couldn't deal with the pressure. MY question is that my partner (an old timer) to my opening bid of 1 Club responded ...
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Bridge - 2 club opening (playing standard american) with shape and not HCP?

If I have say, S: AKQ1098 H: A32 D: KQJ10 C: - With a hand like this could I open 2 clubs ? Could the opponents call the Tournament Director on me? What else could I bid to ensure my partner wouldn'...