The Rule of Seven

Bridge players seem to love rules with numbers.  The Rule of 7 is one of the least know rules, yet it is easy to learn and easy to apply.  You might wonder why I’m writing a whole post about a rule that almost no-one has heard of?  Someone asked me about the Rule, so I ...

How The Stayman Convention Got Its Name

How The Stayman Convention Got Its Name
The Stayman convention is one of the first conventions that all beginning bridge players learn, but have you ever wondered how it got its name?  (If you don’t know how and when to use the convention – click Stayman Convention.) It was named after an American bridge player – Sam Stayman.  You might think from ...

Finessing in Bridge

Finessing in Bridge
Introduction to simple finessing in bridge The most common form of finessing is leading a low card from one hand, hoping to win the trick with the high card in the other hand.  (You are playing declarer and dummy) Example: Imagine the cards in the suit you want to play are distributed like this:   ...

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 ...

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 ...

Valuing your Hand

Valuing your Hand
Before you start bidding in a game of bridge you have to start by  working out the points value of your hand.  You do this by adding up the High Card Points (HCP) value of your hand.  It’s easy to do, you count: 4 points for each ace you hold,  3 points for each king, 2 ...

Balanced Hand in Bridge 4

Balanced Hand in Bridge
This is an important definition.  If you are opening the bidding, knowing whether your hand is balanced or unbalanced can be key to deciding your opening bid. What is a Balanced Hand in bridge? There are four suits in a pack of cards – spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. A balanced hand WILL contain cards ...

Before you Start. Who’s Who

Who’s who in a game of bridge?  Like all hobbies and sports, there is a lot of jargon that players need to learn.  Here is some of the basic jargon explained. A game of bridge requires four people.  The game is played in pairs.  North partners South and East partners West.  Which pair is playing ...