Bridge Card Game

The bridge card game, officially known as Contract Bridge, is played all over the world. This is the place for questions about bidding, scoring, conventions, how to play, rubber bridge, duplicate, 4-deal scoring (Chicago), bridge etiquette and lots more.

340 Questions

What is unblock in the card game of bridge called?

In the card game of bridge, an unblock is called an unblock.

In Bridge, an ace is high and then comes a king, queen, jack, 10, 9, etc. There are four people at the table. Each 4-card trick consists of each person playing 1 card.

Normally, a person tries to take all the tricks he can in his own hand. However, there may be times that a defender realizes his partner has certain cards that will enable her to win more tricks if he throws away a high card.

So when the opponent plays an Ace, he plays his king. This means he will lose his king and not take a trick with it. However, he believes his partner has the queen, jack, and ten. So by getting rid of his king, he unblocks the suit for his partner. His partner takes three tricks.

What is a bridge tally card?

Bridge tally cards are used to keep track of the scoring of bridge card games when there are two or more tables, such as at a card party.

What is Michaels cue bid in bridge convention?

A Michaels cue-bid is a commonly played convention which uses a direct cue-bid of the opponents' suit to show a 2-suited hand. It promises at least 5 cards in any unbid major, and is typically played as either weak or strong.


Your right-hand opponent opens 1♢, and this is your hand:





You could bid 2♢, a Michaels cue-bid.

In the card game of bridge can a player make a preemptive bid of 3 or 4 of a suit if there has been a previous bid?

Yes. It's called a weak jump overcall and is most commonly used after your opponent opens the bidding (1C by your right-hand opponent, 3H by you). A preemptive overcall can also be made after both opponents have bid (1C on your left, Pass by partner, 1H on your right, 2S by you). Some pairs agree to play weak jump-shifts by responder -- 1C by partner, Pass, 2S by you shows a very weak hand (around 3 to 7 high-card-points) and a 6+-card suit. Other pairs agree that responder's jump is preemptive only in competition (partner opens and your right-hand opponent overcalls or doubles).

What is the concept of weak twos in the card game Bridge?

The weak two bid is a preemptive bid, a trouble maker. You use it to make it difficult for your opponents to reach a satisfactory bid. You may go down but it's worth it.

When you are not strong enough to open the bidding but you have a six card suit, you can consider opening with a bid of two in that suit. Many players do it with 5 to 11 high card points with at least two face cards in the long suit. Most of the points should be in the long suit.

You can also make a 'weak two' overcall when the opponents open the bidding. 'Weak Two' bids are only for spades, hearts and diamonds. When you and your partner agree to play 'Weak Twos' it is understood that the 'Strong Two Club' opening bid is used to show a strong hand.

What are ace king queen jack ten called in bridge?

These cards are called honor cards, or simply honors (spelled honour(s) in UK). Cards that are not honors are referred to as spot cards.

What is the difference between contract Bridge and regular Bridge?

Contract Bridge IS regular Bridge. Harold Vanderbilt proposed changes to the then prevalent Auction Bridge in 1925, and his definition was significant enough to warrant a new name. 'Contract Bridge' was appropriate because Vanderbilt's system included rewards for declaring higher level contracts (bids that won the auction) at risk of failure. This new system swept the country and became the only game in town, as far as Bridge goes. There are several forms: rubber, duplicate, Chicago, party, Swiss teams, etc. etc. but they are all based on Vanderbilt's rules without a lot of change.

What are the ranks of the suits in poker?

Poker pays no attention to the ranking of suits. Two royal flushes will split the pot, regardless of the suits. It is important in bridge, but not in poker. There is one application of suits in poker. When establishing the "first bet" person in stud (high card) or razz (low card) and the choice is between two identical cards then the suit breaks the tie. Use the same ranking as in bridge (spades,hearts,diamonds,clubs; high to low.) Example, in stud if the high card is a queen and there are two queens, a heart and a club, the heart is the high card and begins the betting. Also, in Texas Hold'em, during the initial deal when one face-up cards is dealt to all the players to establish who gets the dealer button first, if two equally ranked cards are dealt then, and only then, do the suits come into play. For example, if two players are dealt a Jack, one hearts and one clubs, then the heart would get it. The ranking of the suits is the same for all card games. Spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs.

What is the name used for winning all tricks at cards?

In bridge, bidding and winning all the tricks is called a grand slam.

Historical note: A 1913 reference says a vole is "a deal at cards that draws all the tricks".

When must you declare honors in contract bridge?

If you are playing party/rubber bridge, honors may be declared immediately after the auction at the beginning of play, however to avoid revealing where the strength is, it is permissible to wait until the end of play. To avoid getting into dispute resolution procedures as laid out in the American Contract Bridge Law 78, honors should be declared prior to the agreement of the score and the mixing of the cards.

In Bridge what exactly is a grand slam?

A grand slam is bidding and winning a contract of 13 tricks (all) in any suit or in no-trump. A small slam is bidding and winning a contract of 12 tricks (all but 1).

In bridge when is a card considered played?

According to Contract Bridge Law 45, a card is played if

  • it is by a defender such that his partner could see its face
  • it is by declarer face up, touching or nearly touching the table, or in such a position as to indicate it has been played
  • it is in dummy deliberately touched by declarer (except to arrange the cards or to reach above or below the card touched)
  • any player names the card he is playing (i.e. if you say "the six", the six is considered played)

What are the most popular role-playing games of all-time?

When discussing table-top pen and paper RPGs, far and away the most popular roleplaying game of all time is Dungeons and Dragons. Though controversial by critics and fans of RPGs alike, it is simple fact that Dungeons and Dragons has captured the lion's share of the RPG market since it's inception in the mid-seventies and continues to do so with D&D 4E today. Following Dungeons and Dragons, the question becomes a bit trickier. Many RPGs have gained and lost popularity over the ensuing decades since the creation of "the hobby". The most popular (i.e. "Best Selling") Pen and Paper RPGs following D&D are probably Rifts, Vampire the Masquerade, Shadowrun and GURPS, though exact figures are difficult to track down. Personal Computer RPGs, however, have been completely dominated by the MMORPG since their arrival on the PC gaming scene, outstripping their predecessor single-player RPGs like Ultima 7 and Eye of the Beholder by millions of copies. The current holder of the Most Popular title is World of Warcraft with over 9 million subscribers worldwide. It's closest competitor without massively multiplayer capability is Diablo II with 4 million copies sold. Console RPGs, by comparison, have been mostly dominated by Japanese companies. Final Fantasy VII stands at the top of the console RPG market with almost 10 million copies sold.

How many bridge hands can be dealt from a 52 card deck?

The entire deck is dealt out for each hand of bridge. The maximum number of different hands that can be dealt is 52 x 51x 50 x 49 x 48 x 47 x 46 x 45 x 44 x 43 x 42 x 41 x 40. This equals

3,954,242,643,911,240,000,000 possible different deals.


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three-thousand-nine-hundred-fifty-four-trillion, two-hundred-forty-two-thousand-six-hundred-forty-three-billion, nine-hundred-eleven-thousand-two-hundred-forty-million possible bridge hands. (Continental Europe and/or Traditional British)

Quite a few possible hands.

How many points are required for a small slam in bridge?

Generally, 32 points for a Small Slam. Sometimes 31 points will work, and for a No Trump slam, typically you want to be in the range of 33 points. For a Grand Slam, you want to be in the 37 point range - only missing one King or a Queen and a Jack.

Is 2nt a force bid in bridge cards?

Sometimes! Many players agree to use 2NT as an artificial forcing bid in most auctions, whose meaning depends on the context. 2NT is usually more useful as an artificial bid than a limited invitation, especially in competitive auctions.

What is a convenient minor bid in bridge?

The 'convenient minor' opening bid -

If you do not have a five card major suit in your hand but you have enough high card points to open the bidding, you are allowed to bid a minor suit even if it only contains three cards.

Does a jack card beat a queen card?

A Jack would not beat a Queen. A Queen card is higher than a Jack.

What does a two no trump overcall of one no trump mean?

When the opponents open 1NT, a 2NT overcall is an artifical bid, which most players use to show a 2-suited hand. With a super strong balanced hand, you would simply make a penalty double rather than overcall 2NT.

How many cards are in a bridge hand?

There are 13 cards dealt to each of the four players.

That makes 52 cards in play, since the entire deck is dealt out.