Questions tagged [bridge]

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
2answers
76 views

What type of hands are suitable for minor suit contracts after an NT opener?

I know that when you hold a 6-card minor suit and a really weak hand (such as holding Jxxxxx in the minor and not much else after 1NT opener), you would play some system to transfer into the minor. ...
2
votes
2answers
254 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
97 views

What do you respond to a 1-of-a-Minor opening with 4-card support and no 4-card major?

With 5-card support for the minor, I would always raise it and let opener decide if a game in notrumps would be preferable. With exactly 4-card support, should you raise it or bid NT (probably with a ...
0
votes
2answers
61 views

Should opener's NT rebids after 1-of-a-Major have different HCP ranges than with 1-of-a-Minor?

With a balanced 15-17 HCP and 5-card major, I will usually open 1M instead of (strong) 1NT. The traditional balanced HCP for bids are as follows: 12-14 HCP: Rebid 1NT 15-17 HCP: Open 1NT 18-19 HCP: ...
3
votes
3answers
137 views

Are there bridge behaviors that are technically within the rules that could be considered unethical?

I would imagine that there might be more than one example, but the one that occurs to me is connected with "pysch" bids. That is the practice of bidding values that one doesn't have, in order to ...
1
vote
3answers
122 views

Are there ways to handicap bridge as there are in chess and go?

The games of chess and go can be "handicapped" by giving the weaker player a material advantage. That is, the weaker chess player gets extra pawns or pieces and the weaker go player extra stones. (...
1
vote
5answers
290 views

Are there times to pre-empt with a “strong” six trumps in bridge?

Suppose you have something like AQJxxx of clubs (and no other values). If it were any other suit than clubs, I'd open with a with a "weak two" bid. But two clubs is the STRONG two bid. Meaning that ...
7
votes
3answers
270 views

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, ...
5
votes
6answers
5k views

Bridge: Holding both 5 card majors which should I bid first in Jacoby transfers

In SAYC my partner bid 1 NT showing 15-17 HCP (no void, no singleton and only one doubleton). I was holding a hand of 10 HCP with 5S, 5H, 2D and 1C. Using Jacoby transfers should I have responded 2D ...
4
votes
4answers
632 views

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
1
vote
2answers
134 views

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?
5
votes
2answers
562 views

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?
2
votes
2answers
193 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
677 views

Are there times when “doubling” will not help the opponents make the hand?

In bridge, if I "double" (the stakes for) an opponent's contract, it usually means that I see a way to defeat the contract. Of course, declarer hears my double and will reasonably conclude, "Tom has ...
2
votes
1answer
273 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
55 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
123 views

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.
2
votes
2answers
136 views

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?
3
votes
2answers
73 views

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' ...
6
votes
0answers
129 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
176 views

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?
3
votes
2answers
115 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
220 views

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
2
votes
1answer
79 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
294 views

Bridge, when does dummy hand get laid down?

Does the dummy hand lay down trump before or after the first card is played?
2
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
175 views

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 ...
12
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
98 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
126 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
75 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
942 views

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.
2
votes
3answers
138 views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
602 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
159 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
89 views

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.
2
votes
3answers
162 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
144 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
151 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
351 views

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 ...
12
votes
3answers
36k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
512 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
243 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

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. ...
0
votes
2answers
123 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
298 views

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 ...
11
votes
5answers
277 views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
505 views

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?
1
vote
4answers
245 views

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 ...

1
2 3 4 5
8