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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 the point in disclosure of the bidding system to opponents?

I fully understand and agree with the rule "do not communicate in illegal ways" (pose, tone of voice, etc), but I don't quite understand the point in requiring the disclosure of one's bidding system ...
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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 “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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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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Opening bidder steals my bid

What do I bid when the opening bidder bids my bid? E.g. bids 1NT and that is what I want to bid and I don't have a 5 card suit.
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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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In bridge, does it make sense to “tighten” or 'loosen" up on bidding depending on vulnerability?

For instance, the minimum standard seems to be about 12 points to open with a five card suit, or 13 points with a four card minor. That makes sense with equal vulnerability (both vulnerable or both ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In bridge, should East consider “overtaking” his partner's lead if able?

One example is if West leads a Q (top of a sequence) against a NT contract, and East plays K from Kx to unblock. If allowed to hold the trick, East would lead back the x. My understanding is that ...
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What is the penalty for failing to follow suit?

Assume the mistake is unintentional, what course of action should be taken when this occurs and is discovered? If the person discovers themselves that they earlier made the mistake, is the penalty ...
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In bridge, how do you tell when to use holdup versus blocking plays?

You are the declarer at a 3NT contract (1NT, 3NT, no opposing bids). West leads what appears to be a five card suit, and you have Axx in dummy. Your main concern is that East can get the setting ...
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In bridge, is an “uppercut” a special case of a “forcing game?”

In a standard forcing game, you the defender, may have four (or more) trumps, and ypu lead a long suit in which declarer is void in order to force him to ruff, thereby shortening his trumps to your ...
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Can “SWOT” analysis be useful in bridge

SWOT stands for (an analysis of) strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats. There are four "fields" and yes, four suits. Here's an example from this deal, which came up in today's New York Post. ...
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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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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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Does it make sense for a defender to lead a short major when opponents fail to find a fit using Stayman?

Both vulnerable, at rubber, South dealt and bid 1NT, North 2 clubs, South 2 hearts, North 3NT. You, West, have (s) 64 (h) AJ7 (d)J8752 (c) Q84. North clearly has four spades, but not hearts. Any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?

Author Terence Reese wrote that the difference between amateurs and professional was that the former could "see" (locate) only 26 cards, while professionals could "see" 52 before the hand was over. ...
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In bridge, should a defender play differently with most, about half, or few of the partnership's points?

This example is from Victor Mollo's "Test Your Defense, Where the Points are Won." You are East. The bidding has been 1NT pass 3NT pass. West leads what looks to be the fourth highest spade. You hold:...
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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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What Crazy Bridge Bidding Systems Actually Work In Practice?

There's been a lot of talk about bridge bidding in these parts lately. A lot of people like to play "straight down the line", to the point where they're mortally offended when you suggest something "...
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Forced Response to a Convenient Minor Opening?

My bridge club plays by a rule that an opening of a convenient minor requires a demand response by the partner unless intervening opponent does an overcall. Situation: My partner opened with 1-...
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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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Is it right to refrain from making a takeout double in borderline situations?

In today's bridge column, this example was given: North opened with one diamond. East doubled with (s) Qxx (h)AQxx (d) x (c) ATxxx. This double technically met my 14 point requirement (12 for high ...

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