Slam Bidding in Bridge

What is Slam Bidding? There are two kinds of slam in a game of bridge:  a grand slam and a small slam. What is a grand slam in bridge? Achieving a grand slam means that your partnership has bid for and won all 13 tricks in a game. What is a small slam in bridge? ...

Bridge Bidding Boxes

Bridge Bidding Boxes
Anyone who enjoys playing a game of bridge at home should own a set of bridge bidding boxes. Why use bridge bidding boxes? They make bidding easier Everyone can see your bid There is no chance of your bid being misheard They make it easier to remember each player’s bid if a player takes their ...

Should I Rebid Partner’s Minor Suit?

Should I Rebid Partner's Minor Suit?
Where possible, you are aiming to play the game in a major suit contract, as more tricks are required to make game in a minor suit. Bid A 4 Card Major, if you have one. When partner has opened with a bid of a minor suit we should bid a 4 card major at the ...

Counting Your Points

Valuing Your Hand At the start of each game of bridge, each players counts up the points in their hand before the bidding begins. There are two types of points that you will count.  High Card Points (HCPs) and Long/Short Suit Points. HIGH CARD POINTS (HCP) To work out the number of HCPs in your ...

Change of Suit Responses 2

A change of suit response to a minor suit at the two level only requires you to hold 4 cards in the minor suit.  For a change of suit response to a major suit at the two level you should hold 5 cards in the suit. Your partner has opened with a bid of 1 ...

Confusing The Opposition

As the defender in a game of bridge, sometimes you might find that it is difficult to work out which cards the declarer’s partner holds.  Have you ever found this?  If you have, it’s because the partnership have worked out how to conceal their best cards from you. It’s a useful skill to have and ...

No Trump Rebid – After RH Opponent’s Bid

In the previous post we looked at when opener should rebid No Trumps.  What difference does it make if the fourth player overcalls? As opener, you hold a balanced hand with 12-14 points.  If partner responds at the one level you would be planning a rebid of 1NT. What should you do if the fourth ...

1NT Rebid 1

1NT Rebid
If you hold 15 – 17 points and a balanced hand, then you should open the bidding with 1NT – click this link to read more about opening with a 1NT bid. What should you do if you hold 12-14 points and a  balanced hand? You don’t hold enough points to open with a 1NT ...

The Rule of 20

The Rule of twenty is only used during the opening round of bidding.  If your had contains fewer than 13 total points you can use the rule to help you decide whether your hand is suitable for opening the bidding, or whether you should just pass. Using the Rule of 20 It’s a simple rule ...

The Rule of 15 2

The Rule of 15 is used by the FOURTH person in the opening round of bidding.  It is ONLY used if the previous three players have passed.  So, imagine you are South and the bidding has gone like this: West North East South Pass    Pass      Pass       ? This is ...