The 'Standard American' bidding system is used in many countires but if you are in New Zealand, Australia or the United Kingdom then your bidding system is most likely to be ACOL. You can visit our ACOL lessons here.
The rules of Bridge will assist you to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your hand (and your partner's and opponent's hands).
Look at the top cards in each suit so that you can describe the quality of your hand to your partner.
HCP = high card points
Ace = 4 HCP
King = 3 HCP
Queen = 2 HCP
Jack = 1 HCP
In bridge, the points total of your hand is calculated by two different methods. Firstly we count HCP's and then you can add more points for the length (distribution) of cards in each suit in your hand. The longer your suit the more value it has. For this process you need add an additional 1 point for each 5-card suit and an extra 1 point for each additional card in the same suit.
(There are also at certain times distributional points for shortages in suits but we will cover this later)
Total points are the most important consideration when deciding whether to open the bidding or not. Add your high-card points to your distributional points (long suit) strength and you will have a total point count (TP ).
The hand below has 16 TP, as you can add 1 extra point for both 5-card suits.
|1.||Introduction To Bridge - Hand Evaluation|
|6.||Responder Suit Bids|
|7.||Responder No Trump Bids|
|9.||Responding To Overcalls|
|11.||Responding With Balanced Hands|
|12.||Responding With An Unbalanced Hand|
|14.||Responses To NoTrump Rebids|
|15.||Overcall Or Double|
|17.||Responses To Takeout Doubles|
|19.||Responses To 2NT|
|20.||Opening Strong 2 Clubs|
|21.||Responding to a Strong 2 Club Opening|
|22.||Responding to an Opening Weak 2 Bid|
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