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During this dormant period, I'm posting a number of new 'Convention' and 'Tips' on the site. I've recently posted 'Landy', 'Responses to 2NT', Roman Keycard Blackwood (updated) - you may be interested. More to follow.



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 preference, 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.

(Web pages can sometimes be difficult to print, so for all tutorials I include a formal PRINT button, to give a more natural print-out)

Fundamentals and Procedures††

Tutorial 1 - Opening Bids At The One Level††

(Tutorial 1a - Opening Bids At The One Level - 4 Card Majors) ††

Tutorial 2 - Responding To One Level Opening Bids ††

Tutorial 2a - Responding To One Level Opening Bids - 4 Card Majors) ††

Tutorial 3 - Responding To One No Trump (Incl Transfers)†††

Tutorial 4 - Opener's Rebid After Suit Opening ††

(Tutorial 4a - Opener's Rebid After Suit Opening (4 Card Majors) ††

Tutorial 5 - Overcalls††

Tutorial 6 - Take-Out Doubles††

Tutorial 7 - Two No Trump Opening Bid And Responses ††

Tutorial 8 - Strong Twos††

Tutorial 9 - Two Club Opening††

Tutorial 10 - Opening Three Bids††

Tutorial 11 - Slam Bidding††

Tutorial 12 - Opening Leads††

Summary - No-Trump Bids††

When you are confident with the basics, you should consider as a priority:

Supplementary Tutorial 13 - Transfers Over 1NT (Red Suit) ††

Supplementary Tutorial 14 - Reverse Bidding ††

Supplementary Tutorial 15 - Signalling In Defence ††

Supplementary Tutorial 16 - Benjaminised Acol††

Supplementary Tutorial 17 - Negative Doubles††

Appendix 1 - Basic ScoringPRINT