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Bridge Tutorials - 4 & 5 Card Majors
Winning at bridge is not about the clever bids or outlandish plays as typified by the various news columns (although these can help). Itís primarily about not making
mistakes, and you and your partner having a clear understanding of your system. Memory does help, but if you have a muddled system it can be like building a house on quicksand. The following tutorials are not just for beginners to the game; if you are regularly coming below average in the club, players of any standard would benefit from Ďrefresherí lessons. The tutorials are not a substitute for personal tuition, but recognising that good quality teaching is not always readily available, they go some way
towards bringing new players into the game.
There are many systems adopted throughout the world, some better than others. If you are American, Standard American (yellow card) rules Ė many of them havenít
heard of Acol. But in the UK, Acol is king. Whatever the system, it's only as good as the player, and a disciplined approach to applying the system is vital.
The basic system approach within these tutorials is Acol with 5-card majors, and a weak no-trump. Why 5-card? (an integral part of Standard American) Ė itís my
personal preference, I think itís easier to teach and learn, and I think itís slightly better. Why weak no-trump? (unlike Standard American) Ė again my personal reference,
itís more pre-emptive, and itís played by most players in the UK. (However I do include the equivalent 4-card major tutorials for those devotees). All tutorials include
numerous exercises. At this stage all tutorials are based on the 'auction' (except a discussion of opening leads is given in Tutorial 12). In time, tutorials on basic play situations will be posted.
It is assumed that players have some knowledge of Bridge procedure, i.e. the sequence of suits, the number of tricks required to make a contract, the concept of
vulnerability, basic scoring (a more detailed appreciation of Scoring can be found in the Appendix 1), etc.
Tutorial 1 - Opening Bids at the one level - 5 Card Majors
Tutorial 1a - Opening Bids at the one level - 4 Card Majors
Tutorial 2 - Responding to one level bids - 5 Card Majors
Tutorial 2a - Responding to one level bids - 4 Card Majors
Tutorial 3 - Responding to One No Trump
Tutorial 3a - Responding to One No Trump Opening Bid incl. Basic Transfers
Tutorial 4 - Openers Rebid after suit opening - 5 Card Majors
Tutorial 4a - Openers Rebid after suit opening - 4 Card Majors
Tutorial 5 - Overcalls
Tutorial 6 - Take Out Doubles
Tutorial 7 - 2NT Opening Bid and Responses
Tutorial 8 - Strong Two's
Tutorial 9 - 2 Club Opening
Tutorial 10 - Opening Three Bids (1)
Tutorial 10a - Opening Three Bids (2)
Transfers - Red suit over 1NT
Basic Scoring in Duplicate Bridge
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