Learn to play Bridge
This form of bridge is entirely dependant on the cards you are dealt. There is no time limit on how long the game will last. It can be played anywhere you have 4 players.
Played with 2 packs of cards. The initial deal is determined by cutting for the highest card.
The cards are shuffled by the person on the left of the dealer. The dealer then asks the person on his right to cut the pack. whilst the cards are dealt dealers partner will shuffle the second pack which will be placed on the right ready for the next deal. Dealer position rotating in a clockwise direction.
All the basics apply as to partnership, bidding, planning etc.
Bidding to determine Declarer and contract
Play of the cards
playing the cards follows the rules as laid down for minibridge
Scoring the hands
Reaching your Trick Target wins the deal.
Scoring is divided into 'below the line' which count towards game, this is only for tricks bid and made. 'Above the line' goes bonuses and penalties
Declarer partnership scores for making a declared contract Tricks score after the first 6 (the box)
When a contract is doubled the total of the declared tricks is increased if made. If you would have scored 60 points it becomes 120 and counts towards game
A 'rubber' is 2 games. At the end of a rubber the scores start again.
Once a side has scored a game they are 'vulnerable', this doubles the penalties for failure to make the contract.
All bonuses are scored 'above the line' and are not included in the game points.
A contract to make 12 tricks is known as a small slam. A contract to make all 13 tricks is called a grand slam. For bidding and making a slam, declarer’s side gets an extra bonus above the line, depending on their vulnerability, as follows:
Overtricks in a doubled contract are increased to 50 points each and if you are vulnerable this becomes 100 per trick These are scored above the line.
In addition to these points there is an extra bonus of 50 'for the insult' scored above the line when you make a doubled contract
The Defenders score when you fail to make your contract. This is also affected by the vulnerability.
These penalties are scored above the line
Example of a score sheet
Trick scores go 'below the line'
© Mary Vale 2009
Learn to play bridge