The Difference Between Acol Bridge And American Standard Bridge

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably decided that you want to learn to play bridge.  It’s a fun, sociable game played by millions of people worldwide.  Confusingly, there is more than one system of bridge bidding and before you start learning it is helpful to decide which system you want to learn. There are two ...

Using Stayman After a 2NT Opening

One of the first topics that beginning players learn is the use of Stayman after a 1NT opening by partner to ask if partner holds a 4 card major. Don’t forget that you can also use Stayman after a 2NT opening.  A NT opening shows partner holds 20 -22 points (Acol bridge) or 21 – ...

Bridge Bidding Cheat Sheet 2

Bridge Bidding Cheat Sheet
A bridge bidding cheat sheet is a very handy thing to have if you are a beginning or improving bridge player.  It’s especially handy if you enjoy playing bridge online – either against robots or against real partners.  Print out the bridge bidding chart and keep it with you when you are playing, then you ...

Stayman Convention

Stayman Convention
The Stayman convention is one of the first things you learn when you are starting to play bridge.  It is used after partner has made a bid of No Trumps. As a general rule it is usually better to play in a major suit contract (spades or hearts) than to play in No Trumps, but ...

Bridge Opening Bids 2

Bridge Opening Bids
There are two basic types of bridge opening bids.  No Trumps opening bids and suit opening bids. Deciding on your opening bid Once you have been dealt your cards, you should sort them into suits and sort the cards in order within those suits. Then  you add up the number of High Card Points (HCPs) ...

System of Bidding in Bridge

Blueberry bridge helps you to play either of the two main bridge bidding systems – Acol and Standard American. The Acol system of bidding in bridge is mainly used in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.  Much of the rest of the world plays one of the Standard American bridge bidding systems. Acol bridge is ...

The Rule Of 2, 3 and 4

The Rule of 2, 3 and 4 is one of the more advanced topics that you can learn and practice at www.nofearbridge.co.uk.  It is used when making a pre-emptive opening bid at the three level or higher. If you are still a beginner, make sure you understand vulnerability and the concept of playing duplicate bridge ...

Bridge Flash Cards

Bridge Flash Cards
Bridge flash cards are a fun and easy way to practice bridge bidding topics and help you to learn to play bridge online. Each card has just one question on front.  You can take as long as you need to work out  your answer.   Then you look on the back of the card to ...

Rebidding After Making A Takeout Double

You are South and you hold this hand: South S K Q J 7 H A Q 6 5 D 8 C K 10 9 3 Your partner has bid 1S.  As this is a minimum bid (at the one level) your partner could have a weak hand. The bidding has gone as follows: East South West North ...

Which Suit To Respond

If partner has opened with a bid of 1 of a suit and you have fewer than 12 points it is usual to respond with a bid at the one level if you hold a four card major suit that you can bid, even if you hold a longer minor suit.  This is because you ...

The Rule of 15 2

The Rule of 15
We are West and we have this hand: Spades: J 2, Hearts: A Q 9 8, Diamonds: A 9 7 6 2,   Clubs: 6 2 The bidding has gone as follows: North  East   South  West Pass     Pass   Pass      ? We only have 11 points. Should we open the bidding? It seems ...

Opener’s Rebid After Left Hand Opponent Overcall 2

Opener's Rebid After Left Hand Opponent Overcall
After a player (“you”) has opened the bidding there is the possibility that the player on your left, who is part of the opposing partnership, might overcall.  When this happens it can sometimes mean that your partner has to bid at a higher level when making a change of suit response than they otherwise would have. ...

Fourth Suit Forcing

Fourth Suit Forcing
What is Fourth Suit Forcing? Fourth suit forcing is a bridge convention. It is used to help you find the right contract, including finding 5-3 major suit fits and finding a stopper for No Trumps.  It is used when you are responder and have 11+ points and: Three suits have already been bid (hence the ...

The Rule of 20 1

The Rule of 20 is one of the techniques you will learn when learning how to bid in bridge.  It is used in just one situation – when deciding if your hand is suitable for opening the bidding.  As a general rule, a hand should contain 12 or more high card points (HCP) if you ...

Slam Bidding Simplified 1

Slam Bidding Simplified
What is a Slam? There are two types of slam – a small slam and a grand slam. A small slam means you bid for and win 12 out of the 13 available tricks. A grand slam means you bid for and win all 13 tricks. Why Bid For a Slam? If you are learning ...

Bridge Bidding Boxes

Bridge Bidding Boxes
Most bridge players use bidding boxes.  They can be used at a bridge club or competition, or used if you are playing a friendly game of bridge in your own home. Why Are They Used? Bidding boxes are used to avoid confusion when a bid is made. There is no need for the player to ...

Overcalling With A Suit Bid

If the opposing pair have opened the bidding you have to decide whether to pass and let them continue to make the contract or whether to overcall. Why would you want to overcall? You might have a good hand and want to make the contract for yourself and partner You might want to interfere with ...