B I D D I N G


In the chapter "Bidding", with the help of actually played games, training material is offered to anyone who wants to improve his level of playing bridge.
The games are divided into different topics and difficulty levels. If you arrive at the end of this chapter "Bidding", you will have knowledge of all possible bids according to the ACOL bidding system, including Jacoby, Stayman, Blackwood (4SA = asking for Aces) and negative double.

  • The first topic is bidding of openings in ♠. To keep it simple, the bids are without overcall, double and asking for Aces. These topics shall be discussed later in this chapter.

    The bids are divided in the following steps:
    - 1 bid (only the opening bid and no support from a response bid)
    - 2 bids (opening bid and response bid)
    - 3 bids (opening bid, response bid and rebid by opener)
    - 4 bids and more
    - all previous bids mixed.
    By following these steps a (starting) bridge player can become proficient in bidding.
    You can choose to bids with 4-card Major or 5-card Major.

    • After this, the bids according to Jacoby and Stayman after opening in 1NT, follow.
      And then all the games of 1NT (with and without Jacoby and Stayman) are mixed together.
    For bids from 2NT, the format is the same.

    • After that come the games with openings in :
    - 2
    - 2 of 2 (weak 2)
    - 3 or 4(=preemptive)
    And than the games with 4NT (= asking for Aces).

    • At "overcall" the difficulty of the bids also increases at games with :
    - single overcall after opening in 1
    - response bid to an overcall after opening in 1
    - mutiple overcall after opening in 1
    - overcall after opening in 1NT
    - overcall after opening at level 2 or higher.

    • At "double" the layout is :
    - informatory double
    - informatory double with 16+ points
    - negative double
    - penalty double.

    • At "various subjects" the following topics are discussed :
    - repeating color with a 5 card
    - jump bid
    - PASS
    - scoring at competition bridge.
    You will also find a bid form on which you can note your own bids when practicing, to compare these later with the bids from this bridge site.

    • At "rule of 20", the openings according to the rule of 20, a difference is made in :
    - otherwise no opening
    - otherwise yet an opening.

    • Finally, many bids according to 4-card Major and 5-card Major are compared.


At the end of this chapter I hope that with good courage you will go to the chapter "Games".