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About the Bidding Practice

Each bidding practice set consists of three PDF files: W = West hands, E = East hands, Auctions = Suggested bidding and awards. PDF files allow both on-screen viewing and printing.* Optionally, click on RBN to obtain the set in data format.

*For exact printing, in the print dialogue box do not check “fit to page” and do not use any “scaling.”

Bid the East-West hands with your favorite partner before reading the auctions. It is helpful to write down your own bidding for comparison.

West is always the dealer (except for “Defensive Conventions” which requires an opposing dealer). Therefore, be sure to switch directions with partner periodically to balance the experience. For instance, when bidding a topic that has Parts I and II, take opposite directions for each part.

The FUN way to improve your bidding!

Sets with Awards

The first 10 sets (24 deals each) include awards on a 1-10 scale for contracts reached, which allows you to score yourself. If the contract you reach is unlisted, you score zero unless a higher contract in that strain with an equivalent bonus (game or partscore) is listed. For example, if you reach 2 C (unlisted) and 3 C is awarded 7, you also score 7 since both are partscores and the lower level must be just as good if not better.

Topics are self-explanatory, except those on conventions. “Popular Conventions” covers Jacoby and Texas transfers, splinter bids, 1 NT forcing, and two-over-one game forcing (unless responder rebids his suit). “More Conventions” covers fourth suit forcing, new minor forcing, inverted minor raises, and weak jump shifts. “Defensive Conventions” covers Michaels cue-bids, unusual notrump, and Astro defense to 1 NT. Of course, you don’t have to play the indicated conventions to bid the hands.

Sets Bid by RP

These two sets (50 deals each) were played on OKbridge. The actual bidding by me and my son Rich (or other partner) is included for comparison. Keep in mind that the final contract reached is not necessarily best — sounds like the story of my life — but please don’t beat me too bad.

These sets (and all that follow) have a landscape page layout, designed to be cut into strips of five deals each. Note the hash marks along the top, which are guides to allow easy preparation with a paper cutter. After cutting, put the strips into three packets (West hands, East hands, results) and staple each packet at the top.

Sets Bid by Computer

These six sets (100 deals each) were randomly generated and bid by computer, or more appropriately the infamous Maniac–Lunatic partnership, so expect a laugh or two when comparing results. Have fun!

Challenge the Stars

Most recently added are 12 sets (100 deals each) where you can compare your bidding with the top partnerships in the world. For face-to-face practice, print the sheets and cut them in strips (described above). Bid five hands (one strip) then compare. To determine your score: (1) If you reach the same strain as the star pair (or the other table) assume you win the same number of tricks. (2) If you reach a different strain, find your tricks from the double-dummy analysis.* Add your score to that of the other table (your hypothetical teammates) and convert the net plus or minus into IMPs. If you beat the star pair on any five boards, well… it’s party time!

*Five hex digits show the tricks makable in each strain in ranking order (NSHDC). Note that A=10, B=11, C=12 and D=13. If the declaring position matters, two sets of digits are given, first for West then for East.

If interested, click on the pair name for a summary of their system methods.


© 2013 Richard Pavlicek