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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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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 and Go. The best ones, Deep Blue and AlphaGo , AlphaZero are now considered better than the best human players. More to the point, the ...
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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, (s) K986 (h)KT7 (d)875 (c) KQ9 Both vulnerable, North dealt and opened 1C. North East South West 1Club Pass 1Spade Pass 2Spades Pass ...
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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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Should our 1D opening be alerted?

My partner and I play a weak 1NT (12-14 HCP) and 1C can be real (5+ card) or 15-19 HCP. If we have a 5 card major, we open it. Because we have a bid promising a balanced hand with every range. This ...
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What is the appropriate response to a jump rebid by responder under Standard American?

Last week, I played my first session of bridge in about five years, meaning that I was "rusty," and I was also at a new club with a partner I had just met, who mentioned "Standard American." Sitting ...
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Bridge, when does dummy hand get laid down?

Does the dummy hand lay down trump before or after the first card is played?
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The opposing member inadvertently plays two card that are stuck together and it is discovered later

What is the penalty if the opposing team inadvertently plays two cards on a trick because they stick together. It is discovered later.
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Has Marty Bergen's hand evaluation system been validated experimentally?

The classic hand evaluation system in contract bridge assigns 4 points to each ace, 3 to each king, 2 to each queen, 1 to each jack, and in a suit contract, an additional 3 points for each void, 2 ...
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Cappelletti Overcalled

If the intervener is overcalled by a responders to the 1NT what are the options for the advancer in addition to the standard responses. Is he now allowed to pass meaning partner I cannot help.
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Premptive bid with too much strength in Bridge

What happens if opener bids 3 diamonds (a preemptive bid) and everyone else passes and then it is discovered that opener had 14 points, too many to preempt?
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In Bridge, when should third-hand defender overtake partner's honour?

Sorry for the confusion. Here's the full hand and bidding: T54 A874 KQ32 A7 872 AKQ6 962 KQ5 JT98 A654 Q106 J5 J93 JT3 7 K98432 North ...
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Why is there a Dummy in Bridge?

I'm not a Bridge player, but I have been reading about the game. This part of the rule surprises me. After the contract is closed, Dummy lays down his/her hand and thereafter doesn't take part in the ...
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Why are Bridge's bid meanings public?

I'm not a Bridge player, but I've been reading about the game. This part of the rules is surprising to me. From Wikipedia's article on Bridge bidding systems, By the rules of the game, the agreed ...
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Duplicate Bridge [duplicate]

Can the Dummy ever play a card without direction from Declarer? What if an Ace is led by the defense and there are 1 or more cards in the same suit in Dummy? What if a card is led by a Defender and ...
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In Bridge what happens if a player has more points than their bidding suggests

For example: NORTH ♠️: KJ10986 ♥: QJ9 ♦️: K ♣️: Q106 WEST (Dlr) EAST ♠️: 75 ♠️: Q43 ♥: AK7642 ...
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How does a renege that is discovered later in a bridge game affect the scoring?

In a recent bridge game, the contract was 2C doubled. The contracting team discovered, at a point in the game after a trick had been played that the opposing team had reneged. They assert that there ...
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How to make a small slam in bridge with only 25 high card points between the partnership?

This follows my recent question about how to bid a small slam in clubs with <30 HCP; but this time the partnership only had 25 HCP in toto (board 15 TCG). The optimal contract was 6 diamonds by ...
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How to make a small slam in bridge with less than 30 points between the partnership?

The following hand came up recently in the Common Game. I would like my gentle reader let me know how you would have bid in order to reach the optimal contract (6 clubs). I know that a small slam ...
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Bridge convention after opponent opens 1NT — specific question about D.O.N.T

My partner and I have recently moved from T.O.N.T. to D.O.N.T., and are wondering if some of the latter's bids are useful even if there is interference. For example, if LHO opens the bidding with 1NT, ...
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Bridge Scoring: Teams of 8

The English Bridge Union (EBU) Recommends using a modified IMP scale for scoring teams of 8 matches. It is obtained by multiplying the standard IMP scale by √2. I'm looking for an explanation for ...
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Flexibility in Opening two in third seat with 8 points and seven card suit?

Is it against the rules to use your judgement as to whether to open two or three with a seven card suit? Instance was third seat opening with a seven card suit, two of the top five, and 8 points with ...
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Player forgot to play a card

In bridge-contract player 1 wins hand with dummy and claims the trick before playing her card. This was discovered at the end of the hand. What is the proper way to handle this?
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Why is there a “no man's land” between 1NT 15-17 and 2NT 20-21?

I cannot find any info online or by talking with experienced players about this issue. I assume Goren set this up? Wouldn't this be more logical: 1NT=15-17 2NT=18-19 3NT=20-21
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What happens if your opponents never let you win the bid?

In other words, they out bid you even if they have a very bad hand just to prevent you from getting any points above the line?
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Among good players, should one base one's play on the assumption that the opponents will play deceptively?

Here is another Frank Stewart example. I am showing only the N-S hands since this is a declarer problem. N-S vulnerable, the bidding could have been 1NT-3NT; E/W pass throughout (but the actual N-S ...
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Contract Bridge Better minors

Using better minor convention partner open one club, and I have five diamonds with three honors. I answer two diamonds to show the diamonds. Is this correct?
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Can someone be “one trick” better at bridge against “club level” competition?

There is a player on the site who claims to be able to play bridge "one trick" better than some opponents. I don't doubt this if the opponents are say, advanced beginners. But beyond a certain level ...
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Honors point count for holding all four aces in one hand?

Recently, I had a friend say that the rules for points accrued for holding all four aces in one hand have changed. I have always understood that the player received 150 points only if the contract is ...
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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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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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