Quick summary

You and your partner should focus on getting to a "game" on every hand possible, so you can get the 400 to 600 points for victory. The penalty for failure is usually small.

  1. Check if your hand is balanced
  2. Find out if you have 25 points between you
  3. Do you have an 8-card match ?

With 25 and balanced, bid NT game.

With 25 and Major fit, bid Major game.


Print cribsheet

Bridge Venue

Example Deal
spade A Q 7
heart Q 10 8 2
diamond A J 4
club 9 7 3
Example Deal
Dealer: North
Vuln: Nil

Major match, with game values

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How to use the bidding pages

Absolute Beginners Start here for the basics. The beginners section of "Bid and Made" contains all that a beginner needs to know - look out for the green line below the menu bar. If the line turns blue, you've wandered into a more advanced area.

Use the glossary for any terms you don't understand. Open in a new window if you want to keep it open for reference (right click).

Elementary players start here to make sure you've a grip on the main strategy, using the arrows at the top of the page to read things in a sensible order. After that, move onto

Intermediate players have a look at

and when you're a bit more confident

The coloured lines below the menu bar remind you which section you are in

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  • play
  • deal bank
  • quiz

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