ODDS & ENDS
  HOW DO YOU WIN TRICKS?
By now you have probably won some tricks. But do you remember how this was done?

w  HIGH CARDS: The most prevalent way of winning tricks. Highest card of the suit led wins the trick.

w  LONG SUITS: If no one has a card in the suit led, then that card wins the trick. Especially useful in No Trump.

w  TRUMPING: If some one has no cards in the suit led, then a trump can be played and the trick won.


 

RUFF! RUFF! TRUMP! TRUMP!
TO RUFF
The same as to trump. Comes from the time 
when dogs were present at Bridge games 
and were signaling their partners.

 
  PARTS OF BRIDGE
After the shuffle, the cut and the deal there is the Bidding. That is the first part of Bridge. The second part is the Play which is composed of Declarer Play and Defense. 
     Which part is the most difficult? Defense by far; Declarer Play and Bidding can be learned in one lifetime. Defense might require 2 or 3 lifetimes to master. (Depending on the age of the player.) Also note that you are on Defense 50% of the time; playing the hand 25%  of the time; and being dummy 25% of the time.
 
BIDDING
DECLARER PLAY
DEFENSE

 
  SCORING
Scoring in Bridge is a bit complicated and  will be dealt with in more detail in a later Session. For now it is important to know that scoring in Bridge is similar to scoring in other games: you want to score more points than your opponents. Note: points in scoring have nothing to do with the Point Count System. The Point Count System is used for hand evaluation only.

 

NORTH

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SOUTH

BRIDGE DIRECTION
Bridge hands are often discussed and written about in conjunction with the four cardinal points: North/South/East/West. 
      In most (but not all) Bridge literature South is the Declarer; North the dummy; East /West the defenders and West the opening leader. Some people feel that if they sit South they will play more hands. Sometimes this is true.

to test your progress and a review do TEST III A

 

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