Vulnerability in Bridge

Vulnerability in Bridge
Am I vulnerable?  A question that bridge players ask themselves before every game.  No, it doesn’t refer to your expertise as a bridge player.  Every player, in every bridge match is vulnerable at some time. What is Vulnerability in Duplicate Bridge? Vulnerability affects the score. When a pair is vulnerable the bonus for bidding and ...

Differences Between Acol Bridge And American Standard Bridge 1

You’ve decided that you want to learn to play bridge. Every year thousands of people take up playing bridge – it’s fun, it’s sociable, it’s a challenge. But there are several different bridge systems. How do you decide which system to learn and what are the obvious differences? There are two main systems that are ...

Blackwood 2

Blackwood
The Blackwood convention is used if you are looking to bid for a slam.  There are two types of slam, a small slam and a grand slam.  You can read more about slam bidding here. The reason you will want to bid for a slam is simply – points! If you bid for and achieve ...

Stayman 2

Stayman is a commonly bridge bidding convention and one that is easy to learn, even for beginners.  It is used by the responder if their partner has opened the bidding with a bid of 1NT or 2NT. The purpose of using the Stayman convention is to establish whether the partnership has an 8 card fit ...

The Rule of 11 2

The Rule of 11
This bridge bidding convention is used by the defending partnership.  More precisely, it is used by the third player (the opener’s partner) in the first round of the game. It is a handy little technique to help help the third player decide which card to play. Using The Rule Of 11 Most commonly, the Rule ...

The Rule of 20

The Rule of 20
Similar to the Rule of 15, the Rule of 20 is a bridge bidding convention that is used to help decide if your hand is suitable for opening the bidding in a game of bridge.  The Rule of 20 is used by any of the first three players (the fourth player can use the rule ...

The Rule of 14 7

The Rule of 14
The Rule of 14 is one of several bridge bidding conventions used when playing Acol Bridge.  Like many bridge bidding conventions it is used in one specific situation.  In this case it is used by the Responder in response to their partner’s opening bid of 1 of a suit when the Responder has a weakish ...

The Rule of 15 2

The Rule of 15
The Rule of 15 is a bridge bidding convention that is used in just one situation.  If you are the fourth player in a game of bridge AND you have fewer than 12 points AND no-one else has opened the bidding. There are a total of 40 high card point (HCPs) in a game of ...