ACBL00B - Beginner Practice Session Ward Trumbull

Jun 5, 2011

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There are three parts to learning to play bridge:

1. I don’t get it.

2. We don’t get it.

3. Help!!!!!

This suggested learning session is for 2 players. They can use

ACBL00A as a reference during this session.

1. Deal out four hands.

2. One player acts as dealer and bids the first hand. It could be:

a. Pass e. Two diamonds, hearts or spades

b. One of a suit f. Two notrump

c. One notrump g. Three, four or five of a suit

d. Two clubs h. Three notrump

3. Whatever the bid, the other player(s) should describe as much as

they know about that hand. That is, give the high card point (HCP)

range and length (number of cards) in any suit that is bid.

4. The second player then bids the second hand.

a. If the first player passed, the second may make any of the bids

listed in item 2 above. If so, player 1 should now describe that


b. If player 1 did not pass, player 2s options are.

1) pass

2) make an overcall bid

3) double

In this case, player 1 should describe that hand.

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5. The second player (not first) should now bid the third hand.

a. If hands 1 and 2 passed, hand 3 has all the options in entry

2 above.

b. If hand 1 passed and 2 opened the bidding, hand 3 has all the

options in entry 3 above.

c. If hand 1 opened (regardless what hand 2 did), hand 3 can

make a response bid:

1) Pass

2) A support bid of partner’s suit

3) Bid a new suit

4) Bid some number of notrump

Whatever the response bid is, player 1 should describe that


6. Finally, player 1 should bid the fourth hand, and player 2 should describe

that hand.

That will be the end of the bidding for each hand you deal – first, second,

third and fourth bids only.

After each hand has been described, both players should look at the hand

to see how well it was defined.

You probably will find that the hand descriptions are flawed. That is the

purpose of this work session.

If there is any question about the validity of a bid, look it up in ACBL00A.

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1. The card count is given as 4 (for example), when it should be 4+.

2. The HCP range is given as 10+ (for example), when it might be

10-15 or 10-18.

3. The player makes no attempt to describe the hand.