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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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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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Bridge: Usage of the stop card

The STOP card in bridge is used in order to help all players keep their rights, as far as thinking is concerned. However I have some questions. When do we have to use the STOP card. Should STOP be ...
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Social rubber bridge scoring website [closed]

Does anyone know of a social bridge scoring website? Whereby we type in contracts and tricks made, and the website scores following rubber bridge as we would with pen and paper (I imagine such a ...
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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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Looking for a bridge partner [closed]

Searching for a stable partner. (Русский в конце) I am "am an old rat" who learned Acol as a child, but after living 30 years in Canada, I got forced to use American Standard. Precision was ...
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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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Does the possibility of claiming tricks prevent the defense from profitting from declarer's errors?

Suppose, the declarer claims 12 tricks in a slam, but you have the opinion that declarer can make a mistake. Can you demand declarer to play it out, or does the tournament director decide how many ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is (Larry Cohen's) the “Law of Total Tricks” In Bridge?

Based on my (imperfect) understanding of the "law," it means that my partnership should bid up to the same level as the number of trumps. For instance, with four trumps over my partner's five card ...
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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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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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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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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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Bridge guide for experienced Spades player?

I'm a long-time online Spades player who's never played a single hand of Bridge, but I'd love to give it a try sometimes. I've always felt that the games seem rather similar, so I was looking for ...
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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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In Bridge, what are “proper” responses to a “strong” 2 club bid?

Bidding Standard American, and opening a "strong" two clubs (typically 22 HCPs and a six card suit), I like to hear responses of 2 diamonds (0-8 points, no more than game interest), or 2NT (9+ plus ...
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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 ...
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In bridge, are there some 13 point hands that should not be opened?

Suppose you have: (s) Jx (h)KQxx (d) KJxx (c) Kxx. That's 13 points, by the usual count. But I can think of at least two things wrong with it. First, there are no aces, meaning that the hand has ...
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Bridge bidding - how do I decide whether or not to bid 1NT with weakness in a particular suit?

If I'm inclined to bid NT with 15-17 points, but am weak in one suit, how weak can I be, and still bid 1NT, as opposed to bidding 1 club, to find out if my partner can show strength e.g. a stopper in ...
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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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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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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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Why Is Two Clubs the Preferred “Strong Two” In Bridge?

I'd prefer to use two spades myself. And save two clubs for a "weak two." Moreover, I was taught that "higher bids mean higher points" (all other things being equal). Two spades is the highest suit ...
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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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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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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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Bridge: Is it a rule that you must announce the meaning of partners opening bid

Bridge Playing SAYC Is it a rule for partner to announce to the defenders what an opening bid (eg '1C minimum 3') means
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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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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 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't understand the meaning of 'heart finesse'

What does the phrase heart finesse mean? It appears to be a card term: From "The Logic of Women" by Bernard Marcoux, Montreal: Think about it a little: if the heart finesse was necessary to ...
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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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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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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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