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 !!
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…?
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.
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 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.