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About the Club

Bedford No Fear Bridge Club is exactly “what it says on the tin”, a club for improvers and relaxed club bridge players who want to help pass on their knowledge and experience.

For the meetings held on Thursday mornings and Friday morning/afternoon there is no requirement to have a partner, although pairs are also very welcome, we will find a partner for you! If you are not sure of the rules or etiquette, come along. We are there to answer your questions.

We are a club that will provide improvers with a "stepping stone" to other duplicate clubs.

Our mission is to encourage the wider community to play and enjoy duplicate bridge. Our aim is to provide a friendly welcoming atmosphere so that anyone with a basic knowledge of bridge can come along and find a regular game. Bridge is a wonderful, social game that can be played at all levels of expertise and gives a club player a chance to play against experienced and higher ranking players.

We are a happy club and the more experienced players are always willing to help the improvers, there is no reason to fear playing duplicate bridge. Come along and see for yourself!

Coffee, tea and biscuits are provided. 

The aim of our club is to help those wishing to improve their bridge and will hopefully swell the ranks of club members throughout Bedford. We are hoping that the size and mix of club members will grow and encompass all ages.

We currently do not belong to the English Bridge Union and all of our income goes into running costs, purchasing equipment and charitable donations.

Last updated : 18th Nov 2021 10:36 GMT
Bridge Terms


When your partner makes a conventional bid you must alert this to the opponents by displaying the ‘Alert’ card


Another term for the bidding

Balanced Hand

A hand containing no void, no singleton and not more than one doubleton.


When planning your opener's rebid, imagine a ‘barrier’ just above your first bid suit at the next level up.  A new suit rebid below the barrier shows 12-15 points. A new suit rebid above the barrier shows 16-19 ( a reverse)


The final bid in the auction, which determines the trumps suit, or no trumps and the number of tricks to be won


A conventional bid is a bid that has a special meaning and is not natural.  e.g. A 2♣  bid after a 1NT opening is the ‘Stayman’ convention and does not show length in clubs. Other conventions include ‘Red Suit Transfers’ and an opening 2♣ bid (does not show length in ♣), which is the convention for 23+ HCP or 10+ Playing Tricks. All conventional bids are alerted or announced. 


In Duplicate bridge the dealer is specified on the board.


The person who plays the hand.


The Declarer’s opponents i.e. the pair who are not Declarer or dummy.


To throw away a card of a different suit (when you can’t follow suit)

Double for Penalties

If you think the opponents have bid too high and will fail to make their contract you can double for penalties.  This doubles the number of points you will score for each trick they fail by, it also doubles the points they will score if they make the contract.


Two cards in a suit



The Declarer’s partner.  The dummy’s hand gets placed face upwards on the table and is played by the Declarer.


Duplicate Bridge

The form of bridge where the same deal is played by a number of players.  Each of the four hands are put in a board or wallet which is passed from table to table.  Each board is scored in its own right and the objective is to make a higher score on the deal than others who played it.


Following Suit

Playing a card in the same suit as the one led by another player.


Forcing Bid

A bid which tells partner he must bid again.





High Card Points

Ace = 4, King = 3, Queen = 2, Jack = 1




Invitational Bid

Invites partner to bid again if he has a maximum hand. 


Limit Bid

Has a small and precise point range including an upper limit to the number of points. A bid that tells everything in one bid.


Major Suits

Hearts and Spades


Minor Suits

Clubs and Diamonds



The first person to bid anything other than ‘Pass’.


Opening Lead

The first card played.  It is always the person on the left of Declarer.



A bid made by the opponents of the player who opens the bidding. 



Points scored by defenders when a contract is defeated.



The partner of the player who started the partnership’s bidding.



Bidding a new suit above the barrier



Failure to play a card of a suit led when it was possible to do so.





To win a trick with a trump (when you can’t follow suit).


Shortage Points

When you have a certain eight card fit, you can count extra points for short suits.      

Void = 5, Singleton = 3, Doubleton = 1


Sign Off Bid

A sign off bid tells partner not to bid again



Only one card in a suit.


Take-out Double

A bid of ‘double’ that is not for penalties but asks partner to bid their longest suit.



Four cards, one from each player, played in clockwise rotation.



No cards in a  suit.



When a pair is vulnerable it affects game and slam bonuses and undertrick scores.  In Duplicate bridge the vulnerability changes on each board.  The pair that are vulnerable are shown in red on the board.   


Last updated : 27th Mar 2016 11:43 GMT