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Scoring in bridge

The first 6 tricks you make on any hand are called the 'book' and those tricks don't count towards your score.

Bid plus book equals tricks

Making Contracts

The score for any making hand is made up of tricks bid + overtricks + bonus.

Score equals tricks plus overtricks plus bonus

Tricks and overtricks

Clubs and diamonds are called the minor suits, hearts and spades are called the major suits.

Clubs and diamonds are worth 2 points each. Hearts and spades are worth 30 points each. Notrumps are worth 40 points for the first trick then 30 points each


Part-scores are low level contracts

Low contracts are called part-scores.

If your trick points add up to 100+ then you win the game bonus

Game is 3NT, 4h, 4s, 5c, 5d

A slam is bidding 6 and making 6 ( 12 tricks).

Slam is 6c, 6d, 6h, 6s, 6NT

A grand-slam is bidding 7 and making 7 ( 13 tricks) .

Grand-Slam is 7c, 7d, 7h, 7s, 7NT

Bonus points change delepnding on the vulnerability.

table showing points for different contracts

Defeated Contracts

table showing points for defeated contracts

Making Doubled

table showing points for doubled, making contracts

Down Doubled

table showing points for doubled, defeated contracts

Now you're ready to play.

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