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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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Is it OK to make a takeout double with 14 high card points and bad distribution, but no "stranded" honors?

Answers to a question on this hand suggested that one pass a bid of one diamond with 14 high card points because of 1) the three cards in the opposing suit, and 2) the "stranded" queen in ...
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Is it often right to discard/unblock a "sequence" card in which partner holds a broken sequence?

Declarer bids 1NT, dummy 3NT, all pass. Partner leads the Q of a suit in which I hold Jxxx. S/he would not do this without holding one (but not both) of the adjacent cards, and must have the King ...
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Was I right to expect my partner to respond 2NT in the following situation?

Upon meeting a new partner at the bridge club, I wrote on my convention card that 1) I would bid a three card minor if there were no five card major, and that abid of 1 diamond usually meant four and ...
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Why don't the meanings of specific bids need to be considered when giving advice?

Inspired by many bridge questions on this site, e.g. this or this. As I understand bridge bidding systems, they are very detailed, for example in a comment to one of my questions David Siegel wrote: ...
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If you are opening "light" in third position, would it make a difference which is your strong suit?

In third position, after two passes, with equal or favorable vulnerability, I might open 'one spade "light" with something like the following: AKJxx xxx xxx xx (8 hcps, all in spades, and no ...
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Is it ethical to "hesitate" (for thought) when a problem becomes foreseeable, but is not immediate?

There are probably numerous examples, but here is the one I'm using. You are defending a contract, and it is late in hand. Declarer is running a long suit, and you know (from seeing dummy) or believe (...
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How often do top duplicate Bridge players repeat the same game?

For the purposes of this question, we neglect plays that don't matter (i.e. plays that don't affect how the hand plays out). As I understand duplicate bridge, two teams play the same hand from ...
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Who’s to blame for our partnership missing an easy 4S game?

IMP scoring. Neither vulnerable. Right hand opponent was the dealer and opens 1C. The auction went E S W N 1C 1S P 2C 3C P P 3S P P P I had South ♠AQxxx ♡JT ♢Axx ♣xxx Partner had North ♠...
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How do tournament results compare to theoretical results produced by computer analysis?

Tables such as these purport to show the probability, X, of making Y tricks with Z high card points in the declarer's hand and dummy (using computerized double dummy analysis). How do actual ...
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How does "level" matter when deciding whether or not to "jump" a bid opposite partner's takeout double?

Only us vulnerable at rubber, LHO opens 1 heart. Partner doubles, RHO passes, and I have (s)AQJ9 (h) Q42 (d) JT4 (c)853. In this situation, I would "jump" the bidding one level to two spades,...
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How wide a range is a "strong" NT bid allowed to be?

In a "strong two" sequence of 2 clubs, pass, 2 diamonds, pass, I rebid 2NT, I'm saying that I can make 3NT with just a little help from partner. I would do this with a balanced distribution ...
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Could it be right to pass, rather than double, an opposing opening bid with 14 hcps, and three cards in each unbid suit headed by an honor?

"Pass" is what an expert (Frank Stewart) advocates with the following hand, at rubber, at favorable vulnerability, in response to a one diamond opening bid by RHO. Spades QT4 Hearts KQ3 ...
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Was an expert right to advocate passing rather than doubling with the hand below?

I'm confused by the advice I've been getting on doubling from the column of a certain expert (Frank Stewart). In another column, he advised doubling South's one heart as West with this 14 point hand, ...
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What are my better options in the situation below?

With both sides vulnerable, South opens one heart when I, West, have the following: Spades 532 Hearts K5 Diamonds KJ753 Clubs AK3 An expert (Frank Stewart) recommends that West doubles with 14 ...
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Have I correctly identified "good" and "bad" 15 point 1NTs in the following?

Spades Kx Hearts Axx Diamonds Axxx Clubs Axxx With the above hand and equal or unfavorable vulnerability, (all xs are 7 or lower), I would not be inclined to open 1NT even with 15 hcp, opting ...
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In which positions would I open the following 11 point hand?

With only the opponents vulnerable, I have the following hand. No one before me has bid. Spades T6 Hearts QT4 Diamonds 9642 Clubs AKQ9 In which positions would I open one club. An expert (Frank ...
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Should I open the following hand differently in rubber bridge and matchpoint duplicate?

It's a 16 pointer, with five good spades: Spades KQJ85 Hearts A72 Diamonds Q7 Clubs A82 An expert (Frank Stewart) opined in a column that he would always prefer a one spade opening to a 1NT ...
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How close are top Bridge players to perfect play?

Let's say "God" is playing a hand of bridge. "God" can see all cards, and also controls both hands of the partnership: so "God" plays both North-South or East-West, and ...
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Can bridge-style duplicate play work for Magic and other CCGs?

As I understand bridge, you form teams with four players even though only two play at a table. The idea is that there are two identical hands. Two players in your team play North-South with one of the ...
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Whatever happened to leading the 4th highest card of your longest suit?

Sort of a follow-up question to Why is this club lead suspicious when partner has two small hearts? and Why is the King of Spades the best opening lead with this hand? In both those examples, the ...
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Why is this club lead suspicious when partner has two small hearts?

Follow-up question to Why is the King of Spades the best opening lead with this hand? In the next example cited by the website, the board and auction is: What would you lead with the North hand? It’s ...
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Was this a reasonable redouble?

Neither vulnerable in matchmpoint duplicate, I, South, opened 1 club with the following: Spades xx Hearts Qx Diamonds Kxx Clubs AK8xxx (All x's are seven or lower.) West doubled for takeout. ...
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Was this takeout double sound, or "borderline?"

Neither vulnerable in duplicate, South opened 1 diamond. West doubled for takeout with Spades QJTx Hearts Kxxx Diamonds T Clubs K9xx (All x's are seven or lower.) This was a tournament game so ...
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Please help me better understand the Lebensohl convention

I've just started trying to understand the Lebensohl 2NT transfer --- used after partner opens INT and there is intervening interference from opponent, eg., 1NT > > > 2 ❤ > > > 2NT....
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Why do the same as others in matchpoint bridge?

The following article about matchpoint tactics in bridge says that you should bid a game that you think everbody else will bid, even if you think the game most likely won't make. I have seen similar ...
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Winning the rubber with two [duplicate]

When scoring if the opposition wins the first game and you win the next two is the 300 for their game taken away? And if the opposition wins the first game, you win the second, opposition the third ...
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Has it been demonstrated that more aces are better than fewer aces (holding point count constant) in a trump contract?

Aces are good for suit contracts because they represent "first round" control. In a trump contract, there might only be one or two rounds of a side suit played before trumps are used to ...
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Why is the King of Spades the best opening lead with this hand?

Well, you pick up this hand: K Q J 10 9 x x x K x x x x The opponents bid 1 NT on your right and 3 NT on your left. What would you lead? Not that difficult, was it? If you line up a million (1.000.000)...
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Bid out of turn and next player passes or overcalls

Partner is dealer. RHO opened bidding out of turn, and I either pass or overcall before anyone calls attention to the infraction. Is the offender's bid accepted? Does the dealer still have options?
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Is there a way to "game force" with the following hand?

NV versus Vul, you are opening with (s) Ax (h)--- (d) AKTxxxxxxx (c) x. The opener used 1 club (precision) with 12 hcps instead of 16. I don't agree. 2 clubs (strong) doesn't seem to work because I ...
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Contract Bridge: Revoke first noted by dummy

Declarer is awarded bid for 3 hearts. Opponents double and declarer redoubles. He is not vulnerable and makes seven tricks. However, dummy looks at one of the defender's hands and during play and ...
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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 West South East North 2S 3H 3S Pass Pass 4C Dbl Pass 4S ...
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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 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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