Passion of The Game of Bridge

Extended: 39 Type Of Possible Hands In Bridge Distribution

Extended: 39 Type Of Possible Hands In Bridge Distribution

In here , we learn that there are only 39 type of bridge distribution from possible 631 trillion possible hands. To study more advanced topic, it is necessary to breakdown further those 39 type of  distribution into below possibilities of hand distributions. The beauty of bridge distribution:

Penalty Card: Do You Know Your Right ? (And Obligation?)

Penalty Card: Do You Know Your Right ? (And Obligation?)

You are concentrating on defending this have-to-be beaten contract. And it’s time for you to return this killer Heart, so partner can return Diamond in which you ruff for a set trick – the only one. Fourth best  of course. So, you pull that 3 of Heart, but unfortunately the 2 of Heart also drop and exposed to everybody. “Sorry, let’s call director” – “Ummh, no need ” declarer said – “It’s penalty card”. So, your partner win with Ace of Heart, and return small Diamond. “Thanks, partner” you said silently to yourself. And to your surprise, when you ruff, declarer rumbles “Sorry, you cannot ruff, you have penalty card” – Is declarer, right? – Huh! This is the time your knowledge about your right is being tested !!

Finesse or Not To Finesse, That’s The Question !

Finesse or Not To Finesse, That’s The Question !

Not to be disrespectful with the famous Shakespeare’s Hamlet’s “To be or not to be”, the fact is that question is exactly what most bridge player have on the table. Sometime play finesse is the winning theme, sometimes just cash the honor without finesse (a.k.a “drop” theme) is the winning theme. This article’s goal is to equip you with that guidelines , so next time you finesse and it did not work, you can at least shut your partner up. Is that good or good…?

Losers in 1 Suit

Theoretically, if everybody have super balance hand : 4-3-3-3 distribution, then for each suit, you will not be able to lose more than 3 tricks. Based on this, then it become a general reference that a suit will not have more than 3 losers.

39 Type of Hand Distribution in Bridge

39 Type of Hand Distribution in Bridge

There are more than 600 trillion possibility of getting a set of 13 cards when you play bridge. SO, the chance is that we will never see all of them unless we play much bigger number than 600 trillion games. But the good thing is, we don’t really have to deal with 650 trillion kind of bidding as they can be categorize into only 39 type of hands distribution: from the super balance 4-3-3-3 to 13-0-0-0.

35 Kind of Contracts in Bridge

35 Kind of Contracts in Bridge

Once everybody has 13 cards on their hand, then the first battle is to win a contract. Just like the real world contract, to achieve the highest contract we will need to do an auction. And may the highest bidder win.

The contract is simple: the partnership whoever win a contract promise to win certain trick with certain suit as their trump card – or they can choose to use without any trump card.

The other partnership/the opponent will try to defeat the contract by winning as much trick as they can so that the  other partnership cannot deliver their contract.

Bridge: 52 Cards in A Deck = 4 Suits of 13 Cards

Bridge: 52 Cards in A Deck = 4 Suits of 13 Cards

Bridge is a card game. So it needs a deck of cards to play with.

The deck of card used is the “standard” playing card we see normally being played on computer or table by young or old. It consists of 52 cards with 4 suits and so 13 cards in a suit.