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What is Bridge?

Bridge is a trick-taking card game played with a standard 52-card deck, involving four players who form two partnerships. Partners sit opposite each other at a table. The game has two main phases: bidding and play.

 

Objective

The goal is to score points by making certain numbers of tricks in a contract. A trick consists of each player playing one card, and the highest card of the suit led wins the trick unless a trump suit is played.

 

Players

Four players form two partnerships (North-South and East-West).

 

Deck

A standard 52-card deck is used.

 

Deal

Each player is dealt 13 cards. 

 

Bidding

Players bid in a clockwise rotation, starting with the dealer.

– Bids indicate the number of tricks a partnership believes they can take above six (i.e., a bid of “1” means seven tricks) and the suit that will be the trump suit (or no trump).

– The bidding continues until three players pass in succession, and the highest bid becomes the contract.

 

Play

The player from the declaring side (the side that won the bid) who first mentioned the suit (or no-trump) in the final contract is the declarer.

– The declarer’s partner becomes the dummy, who lays their cards face-up on the table after the opening lead (the first card played).

– The declarer then plays both their own hand and the dummy’s hand.

– The objective is to fulfill the contract by taking at least the number of tricks specified in the bid. 

 

Scoring

Points are awarded based on the number of tricks taken and the contract bid.

– Overtricks (extra tricks beyond the contract) score additional points.

– Failing to meet the contract results in penalty points for the declaring side.

– Additional bonuses are given for making certain high-level contracts (game, small slam, grand slam).

 

Variations and Competitive Play

Bridge has various forms, with duplicate bridge being the most popular in competitive settings. In duplicate bridge, the same deal is played at multiple tables, and scores are compared to determine the winner. Bridge is known for its complexity and depth, requiring strategic thinking, communication, and a strong understanding of probability and tactics. It is played socially and in competitive tournaments worldwide.

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