Surrey School of Bridge
Surrey School of Bridge
 
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Lessons Hands
A List of Hands Used In Lessons
CHAPTER 1 DUMMY WHIST
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 2 LEADING AND FOLLOWING
Opening Lead Example
Second Hand Plays Low
Third Hand Plays High
Third Hand Plays Not So High
Avoiding Gifts
Avoiding Blockages

Choose The Standard Lead
Second Hand Plays Low
Third Hand Plays High
Avoiding Gifts

CHAPTER 3 RUFFING AND FINESSING
Leading Towards Honours
The Simple Finesse
The Double Finesse
Ruffing
Drawing Trumps

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

RECAP CHAPTERS 1 TO 3
Second Hand Plays Low
Third Hand Plays High
Lead A Singleton When There Are Trumps
Simple Trump Finess To Draw Trumps
Ruffing With Free Trumps
Double Finesse

CHAPTER 4 BIDDING

World's Simplest Bidding System

This is not Acol but allows us to practice some bidding without knowing a full bidding system.

1 Suit five card
2 Suit six card
3 Suit seven card
4 Suit eight card

A raise is a bid of your partner's strain at a higher level.
Raise your partner to a level where your trumps = tricks required.


Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 5 BRIDGE SCORING
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 6 RAISING PARTNER AND POINTS
Inviational 2NT
Inviational 3H

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

RECAP CHAPTERS 4 TO 6
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4
Hand 5
Hand 6

CHAPTER 7 DECLARER PLAY
Declarer Plays Highest of Touching
Hold Up
The Danger Hand
Danger Hand K
Ducking
Ruffing Out Suits

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 8 DEFENCE
Normally Cover an Opponent's Honour
Don't Cover When It's Futile or Unnecessary
Defenders Play Lowest Of Touching
A Forcing Defence
Avoiding a Ruff and Discard
Trump Promotion

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 9 RESPONDING TO NT OPENINGS
Weak Takeout
Four Card Major Stayman
Five Card Major Stayman
Both Majors Stayman
Three Level Suit Game Forcing

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

RECAP CHAPTER 7 TO 9
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4
Hand 5
Hand 6
Hand 7
Hand 8

CHAPTER 10 CHOICE OF OPENING AND RESPONSES
Balanaced Major
4441
55xx
4432 majors
65xx
4432 minors
Raise to 3NT
0-5 Hands
Bucket bid
Two Over One
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 11 RESPONDING TO ONE OF A SUIT
Minor Raise
2/1 needs 10+
2NT
Jump Shifts
1NT Bucket Bid

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 12 PREEMPTIVE OPENINGS AND TRUMP RAISES
Weak Two
Weak Three
Weak Four
Raising Weak Twos
Looking For Game
Constructive Game
Passing Weak Threes
3NT Opening

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

RECAP CHAPTERS 10 TO 12
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 13 ONE LEVEL OVERCALLS AND ADVANCES
Trump Raise (Pre-emptive)
A Cue Bid (Constructive, forcing, artificial)
NT Advance
Change of Suit
Jump Shift 17+
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 14 HIGHER OVERCALLS
Change of Suit
2NT Advance
Weak Jump Overcall
Trump Raises
2NT Advance to a Weak Jump Natural
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 15 TAKEOUT DOUBLES OF OPENING BIDS
1NT to X
Jump Response Five card 9-12
Cue Bid To X
Strong X

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

RECAP CHAPTERS 13 TO 15
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 16 SLAM BIDDING AND THE 2C OPENER
Quantitative 4NT
Slam Force 5NT
Gerber over NT Bids
Gerber Grand Slam
Blackwood
2C then New Suits Forcing
2C then Three Level Suits Game Forcing
2C then Raises Non-Forcing
2C then NT bids non-forcing
2C then Jump bids game forcing
2C then NT too strong for 2NT
2C then Rebids of suit non-forcing

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 17 OPENERS REBID AFTER A ONE LEVEL RESPONSE
Rebid NT If Balanced 15-19
Lower Ranking Suit At The Two Level
Higher Ranking Suit At The One Level
Rebid Your Suit Wihthout Another

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 18 OPENERS REBID AFTER A TWO LEVEL RESPONSE

Rebidding after a 2/1

Weaker Openers 12-14

Rebid a lower ranking suit 12-14 with 54xx or 64xx shape
Raises are non-forcing 12-14
Rebid your suit with five+ and no lower suit to bid

GANT Rebid Any 15-16 some 17+

GANT asks for three card support
Without three card support rebid to show extra length

Strong Hands 17+

Other bids above a Rebid of suit are 17+

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

RECAP CHAPTERS 16 TO 18
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 19 DEFENSIVE SIGNALLING
Ace For Attitude
King For Count
High with doubleton honour (Unblocking)
Count on Declarer's Lead
McKenney (Lavinthal) Signal

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 20 RESPONDERS REBID WITH 11 PLUS
Raising Opening's Major with three card support
Bidding NT with a stop in the 4th suit
Jump Rebid with a six card suit
Fourth Suit with a five card major, opener has no support
Fourth Suit with a five card major, opener has support (don't jump to game)
A Lower Suit By Responder 6-12 points and 54 shape

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 21 RESPONDERS REBID WITH 6 TO 10

Preference Sequences

In a preference sequence responder should always bid with 8+ because opener could hold 17-18 making 25 (Xmas).
Responder can show preference with two card support for opener's first suit
Opener should always bid a third time with 17+ and pass with fewer points.
After preference, opener bids again with 17+
Opener shows three card support with 17-18
With no other option and 17-18 opener will rebid their second suit again
Responder makes a minimum rebid with six (or five and a singleton in opener's first suit)
Biding a suit after the bucket bid is a weak long suit
Raise opener's second minor with 8-10 (including shortages)

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

RECAP CHAPTERS 19 TO 21
Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 22 DEFENCE TO OVERCALLS
One Level Negative X
Minimum Two Level Negative X
Jump overcall negative X to 4S
1S showing five spades - double with four
Penalty Pass
Double of 1NT Overcall Penalties
Double of an overcall over our 1NT or higher opening is penalties

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 23 DOUBLE TROUBLE
Double of a NT bid is penalties
If the opponents X our 1NT, 2C is weak and natural not Stayman. Redouble with 11+!
After double of our 1NT, Pass by responder is weak without a five card suit, opener bids a five card suit or XXs asking for suits upwards
Double of a suit bid is takeout when partner has not shown points

When partner has shown points, X is penalties except for negative doubles

Takeout doubles apply to 4S (By agreement)

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

CHAPTER 24 PROFITABLE PENALTIES
Double of NT Bids are for penalties (except 1NT response)
Double of bucket bid is takeout
Penalty Doubles When Partner Opens 1NT or higher.
Playing doubleton doubles X asks partner to pass with a doubleton in the bid suit
Therefore doubler has enough trumps to mean they are above their trump level if partner holds two
We own the hand with 22+HCP
When we own the hand we should not allow the opponents to play undoubled in any contract
Forcing pass when we own the hand

Hand 1
Hand 2
Hand 3
Hand 4

RECAP CHAPTERS 22 TO 24
Hand 5
Hand 6
Hand 7
Hand 8