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Bridge Corner: February 9, 2016

Hello and welcome to the Tidewater Bridge Unit (TBU).
In our last article, we examined/explained opening bids and responding to opening bids. Those guidelines established for opening a hand and responding to partner’s opening bid will help us discover the correct contract and the level of play. Today, we will cover more of the vocabulary in the colorful language of bridge. Also, let’s look at rebids by opener. In our next article, we will cover both rebids by responder and “overcalls.”

Point count is the most widely used tool for game evaluation.
Game is usually reached if the combined strength equals.

26 points for major suit (10 tricks) or no trump (9 tricks)
29 points for minor suits (11 tricks)
33 points for a small slam (12 tricks)
37 points for a grand slam (13 tricks)

Contract points are those points awarded for each trick (above 6) successfully.
Made during the play of the hand. It takes 100 contract points to make game.
Contract points are awarded as follows:
Each minor trick = 20 points. It take 5 diamonds/clubs to make game (5×20=100)
Each major trick = 30 points. It takes 4 spades/heart to make game (4×30=120)
Frist trik in no trump = 40 points and each subsequent trick = 30 points. It take 3NT to make game (40+30+30=100)

Rebids by opener and responder. There are three types of opening hands and three types of responding hands: minimum, invitational, and game forcing.

Here is what the hands look like:
Strength Opener Responder
Minimum 12-16 6-10
Invitational 16-18 10-12
Game-forcing 19+ 13+

Minimum rebids are:
1. Opener rebidding his suit cheaply
1Diamond (opener) – Pass (opponent) – 1Heart (opener’s partner) – Pass (opponent’s partner) – 2Diamonds (opener’s rebid)

2. Opener raising responder’s suit cheaply

3. Opener rebidding no-trump cheaply
1D-Pass-1H-Pass-1N (denies 4 spades)

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4. Opener bidding a new suit that is lower than the one opened.

5. Opener bidding a new suit at the one level

6. Opener passing a minimum raise

Invitational rebids are:
1. Opener jumping in opened suit

2. Opener jumping in partner’s suit

3. Opener jumping in No Trump

4. Opener bidding a suit at the 2 level that is higher than the suit opened

5. Opener bidding again after a minimum suit raise
1H-Pass-2H-Pass-2S or 2N, 3C, 3D, etc.

Game forcing bids are:
1. Opener jumping to game

2. Opener making a jump-shift

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Happy Birthday To:
Helen Lake – February 10
Peggy Willet – February 11
Sammie Cooper – February 17


Tuesday, Feb. 7
Cooke-Suburban Bridge game
10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$4 – $5

Wednesday, Feb. 8
Bon-Ton bridge game
10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$4 – $5

All activities are located at the Berkley Senior Center, 925 S. Main Street, Norfolk, Va.

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