BRIDGE HOME PAGE
by David L. March
LAST REVISED ON August 31, 2020
The glossary defines most of the basic bridge terms but it does not
yet define all of the terms that you might
encounter in your bridge career.
Because Willow Valley Communities currently does not permit large group
gatherings or card playing there are no bridge courses being planned
The following are links to documents for bridge courses that were taught
at the Willow Valley
Communities in Lancaster, PA:
- MINI BRIDGE - WINTER 2020
MiniBridge is a simplified version of the game of Contract Bridge.
It is designed to expose newcomers to the play of the hand without
the burden of learning a detailed bridge bidding system.
This course is an ideal introduction for those who would like to
learn how to play Contract Bridge.
Everything learned in MiniBridge is relevant to Contract Bridge.
- BEGINNING BRIDGE - SPRING 2018
Starting with a deck that contains 52 cards arranged into four suits,
this course covers bridge fundamentals with emphasis on basic bidding
It is designed for those that are new to bridge or are returning
to the game after a long absence.
Topics include rules of the game, bidding systems, hand evaluation,
opening bid guidelines, response bid guidelines, bidding conversations,
basic declarer play, and basic defender play.
- BIDDING CONVERSATIONS - FALL 2018
How do you describe a hand with only a few points and a long suit?
What do you do with a hand that has lots of points?
How do you respond to partner's weak or strong opening bid?
This course will cover bidding conversations that allow a
partnership to answer these questions.
- DEFENDER PLAY - SPRING 2019
Your partnership will be the defenders for about half of all of the
bridge hands that you play.
This course covers defensive bidding, opening leads, defensive signals
and various strategies and techniques to help you improve your defender play.
- DECLARER PLAY - FALL 2019
Your partnership has won the contract and you are the declarer.
Now what do you do?
This course will use many examples and table play
to illustrate strategies that you can use to make the contract.
Topics include defensive
strategies, planning the offense, counting winners, promoting high cards,
developing long suits, finessing opponents high cards, counting losers,
ruffing losers, discarding losers and managing trump.
- 2 OVER 1 GAME FORCE - WINTER 2014
Two-Over-One Game Force is a variation of the American Standard
Bidding System which can simplify the bidding auction in many
The course covers 2-over-1 basics and illustrates the differences
between 2-over-1 and standard bidding.
It also illustrates 2-over-1 bidding conversations using numerous
examples and table play.
Academy Bidding System
The following documents abstract the bidding system that is taught in
the Beginning Bridge and Bidding Conversation Courses.
This system is used for all of the examples and board plan descriptions
in all of the core courses.
- BIDDING SYSTEM SUMMARY (LAST REVISED ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2017)
This document contains the collection of bidding tables that describe
natural responses to opening bids and the various conventions that are
taught in the core courses.
It also contains a copy of the duplicate convention card for the
- CONVENTION CARD (Can be Edited) (LAST REVISED ON NOVEMBER 5, 2018)
This document is an ACBL convention card for the bidding system
that can be downloaded and then modified in the Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Bridge Cheat Sheets
The cheat sheets are patterned after
Audrey Grant's Bridge at a Glance
- BEGINNING BRIDGE CHEAT SHEET (LAST REVISED ON MARCH 6, 2020)
A foldover pocket "cheat sheet" that summarizes the subset of
the bidding system that we teach in the BEGINNING BRIDGE COURSE. The bids are a subset
of the bids in the BASIC BIDDING CHEAT SHEET.
This cheat sheet also contains a summary of opening leads and the play
of the hand.
- BASIC BIDDING CHEAT SHEET (LAST REVISED ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2018)
A foldover pocket "cheat sheet" that summarizes the basic
bidding system that we teach in the core courses.
- DECLARER PLAY CHEAT SHEET (LAST REVISED ON AUGUST 27, 2015)
A foldover pocket "cheat sheet" that summarizes how to play
a hand, how to finesse, defender's opening leads, and defensive signals.
- HIGH CARD POINT STATISTICS
This document presents tables that show the distribution of high card
points in bridge hands.
These tables were generated by a computer program that simulates
shuffling and dealing a deck of cards into four hands.
- OPENING BID STATISTICS
This document presents tables that show the distribution of opening
bids based on the point counts and bidding parameters that are taught
by Walter Moreau in his bridge classes.
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