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Bradshaw Bridge Club
Home Bridge
 
 
  Playing a Teams-of-Four Match

Playing a Teams-of-Four Match

 

Playing the first half

1. Decide how many boards you wish to play. Twenty-four is most common. Play generally goes quicker than at the club, due to no moving between rounds, but twenty might be more convenient if you plan a break for supper.

 

2. At one table, a home side pair sit N-S, and an away side pair E-W, and at the other, vice versa.

 

3. Place boards 1-6 (1-5 if you are playing a twenty board match) on table 1 and 7-12 (6-10) on table 2.

 

4. Shuffle, deal and play the boards, keeping score (duplicate fashion of course) as you go along.

 

5. When you have finished, swap boards form table 1 to 2 and vice versa and without reshuffling, play the boards again. Compare scores, and reach agreement with your opposing pair. At this stage, each board has been played twice by the two teams, once as N-S and once as E-W

 

6. E-W pairs then join their N-S team mates and compare scores. The difference, if any, is calculated for each board, seperately, and converted to International Match Points (IMPs) using the scale published on a standard score-card.

 

7. Enjoy your supper - go easy on the vin rouge!

Playing the second half

8. The away pairs resume in the same seats as for the first half. The home pairs swap tables (and thus, swap polarity).

 

9. Repeat the steps 3 to 6 but using boards 13 -24 (11 to 20, if playing a twenty board match).

 

10. If you are playing in a league match you may have to convert the result from IMPs to Victory Points (VPs).

 

A set of boards is available at the club, for you to borrow.

  Eight Player Individual Movement

Eight Player Individual Movement

 

Round
N
S
E
W
Boards
Round
N
S
E
W
Boards
1
1

8

5
7
1-3
1
2
6
4
3
1-3
2
1
7
4
6
4-6
2
8
5
3
2
4-6
3
1
6
3
5
7-9
3
7
4
2
8
7-9
4
1
5
2
4
10-12
4
6
3
8
7
10-12
5
1
4
8
3
13-15
5
5
2
7
6
13-15
6
1
3
7
2
16-18
6
4
8
6
5
16-18
7
1
2
6
8
19-21
7
3
7
5
4
19-21
 
After each round :- After each round :-
N stays here: S goes to 2N N goes to 2W: S goes to 1W
E goes to 2S: W goes to 1S E goes to 1E: W goes to 2E
  • You do not have to play duplicate, just use the above as a convenient way of circulating your guests for rounds of Chicago or rubber bridge.
  • If you do wish to play duplicate, a set of boards is available to borrow.
  • It is recommended that you shuffle and deal all the boards at the start.
  Twelve Player Movements

Twelve Player Movements

Three Table Howell Master Sheet with no relay.

Table 1
 
Round
NS
EW
Boards
1
6
1
1 & 2
2
6
2
3 & 4
3
6
3
5 & 6
4
6
4
7 & 8
5
6
5
9 & 10
 
Table 2
Round
NS
EW
Boards
1
5
2
7 & 6
2
1
3
7 & 10
3
2
4
1 & 10
4
3
5
1 & 4
5
4
1
4 & 6
 
Table 3
Round
NS
EW
Boards
1
4
3
3 & 9
2
5
4
5 & 2
3
1
5
3 & 8
4
2
1
5 & 9
5
3
2
2 & 8

Table cards for a 20-board game.

Table 1
Round
N/S
E/W
Boards
1
6
1
1-4
2
6
2
5-8
3
6
3
9-12
4
6
4
13-16
5
6
5
17-20
NS pair remains stationary and EW pair goes to Table 2 NS
 
Table 2
Round
N/S
E/W
Boards
1
5
2
11-14
2
1
3
13-14, 19-20
3
2
4
1-2, 19-20
4
3
5
1-2, 7-8
5
4
1
7-8, 11-12
NS pair goes to Table 3 NS and EW pair goes to Table 1 EW
 
Table 3
Round
N/S
E/W
Boards
1
4
3
17-18
2
5
4
9-10
3
1
5
15-16
4
2
1
17-18
5
3
2
15-16
NS pair goes to Table 3 EW and EW pair goes to Table 2 EW

Variations:

 For 26 boards: put 3 boards in sets 2,4,6,8,9,10.

  •  For 20 boards: all sets contain 2 boards.
  •  For 24 boards: put 3 boards in sets 1,3,5 and 7.
  •  

 

 
  Three Table Howell Movement

Three Table Howell Movement

 

 Table 1

 

Table 1

 Table 2

 Table 3

Rd   N-S   E-W  Boards

Rd   N-S   E-W  Boards

Rd   N-S   E-W  Boards

 1       6       1       1 - 5

 1       5       2       16-20

 1       4       3       6 -10

 2       6       2       6 -10

 2       1       3       16-20

 2       5       4      11-15

 3       6       3      11-15

 3       2       4        1 - 5

 3       1       5       6 -10

 4       6       4      16-20

 4       3       5        1 - 5

 4       2       1      11-15

 5       6       5      21-25

 5       4       1       21-25

 5       3       2      21-25

     

 N-S stay

 N-S go to 3 N-S

N-S go to 3 E-W

 

 

 

E-W go to 2 N-S

E-W go to 1 E-W

E-W go to 2 E-W

 

You may play any number of boards per round - simply replace 1-5 by 1-3 (say) and 6-10 by 4-6 etc.

 

On the final round, it is recommended that you play at least four boards, preferably five, to more easily facilitate sharing. Obviously in this case, not every table can play the boards in strict numerical order. Care has to be taken to avoid more than one table requiring the same board at one time.

Of course, you do not have to play duplicate, just use the above as a convenient way of circulating your guests for rounds of Chicago or rubber bridge.

If you do wish to play duplicate there is a set of boards available to borrow.