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Simple, effective bidding

When you and your partner are bidding you want to try to get into a situation when one of you knows whether or not you have enough points for game. For example, if I know you have 12 points then I can add my points to what you've shown and calculate the total. So you'll use some bids to search for the right suit to play in. Then one player will make a bid to show a specific strength and shape and that will allow that player's partner to decide how high to bid.

So it can be helpful to think of every bid as falling into one of three categories.

New suit

When you're bidding a new suit keep the bidding as low as possible to give your side room to explore.

ABC bridge in Bridge

South bids 1, keeping the bidding low.

Limit Bids

When you're making a limit bid you bid as high as you can You don't need to save bidding space now because you're pretty sure you know if you're going to play in a suit contract or notrumps. Now's the time to describe your strength.

ABC bridge in Bridge

South has found a spade fit. 3♠ is a limit bid.

Decision Time!

After one player has made a limit bid to show their points and shape that persons partner will be in a good position to choose the final contract. The same logic applies whether you're wondering how to bid a slam.

ABC bridge in Bridge

North has something extra and bids game.

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