THE BIDDERS’ BOX

Bidding at bridge is the first part of playing a bridge hand. It’s a kind of auction where the players bid on what will be trump and how many tricks will be won. This page will present you links to web pages and web sites where bridge bidding – and play – is discussed, challenged and practiced.

BIDDING & DISCUSSION FORUMS


Rec.Games.Bridge GOOGLE GROUPS  (RGB) with over 3,000 current topics and lots of great bridge teachers and experts sharing their knowledge of the game. RGB is the granddaddy of online bridge discussion forums – it was around before the world wide web!

Bridge Base Forums : Lots of activity and interesting topics including Book Reviews.

Ask Anything!   From the Fifth Chair Foundation. Here you can send a question on any bridge-related topic (bidding, play of hand, etiquette, systems, conventions, etc…) and get a response from an experienced player


THE CONVENTION CARD


BridgeWinners.com Convention Card Editor : Join Bridge Winners for free and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful stuff including a great ONLINE Convention Card Editor. Fill it out, save it, view it, print it – awesome

ACBL Convention Card Editor : Download a PDF file that you can edit and print.
ACBL’s page How to Fill Out The New ACBL Convention Card : Line by line advice from ACBL editors and experts.


LEARN BIDDING SYSTEMS

Two Over One Bidding System Lots of information here from Karen Walker. Also links to further resources.

Two Over One with Val CovalciucThis site offers an interactive book on the Two over One bidding system. Each of the sixteen playbooks has an informational page, a quiz + eight practice hands. also there are 32 practice hands to test the students knowledge of the basic concepts. Alert – this is not a ‘for free’ site.

2 Over 1 – Serious about adopting the 2/1 system or serious about playing the 2/1 system better? Then these playbooks are for you! Val presents a comprehensive guide that offers everything you need to play this system successfully.

SAYC – The ACBL Standard American Yellow Card (SAYC) was created to be the required system to be used in a Standard Yellow Card event. The object was to provide a simple, modern method that will lead to a good, solid understanding in a partnership when both players have read this booklet. Bridge App Here. Wikipedia Page Here.  Booklet Here.

ACOL : The bridge bidding system that, according to The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge, is “standard in British tournament play and widely used in other parts of the world”. It is basically a natural system using four card majors and, most commonly, a weak no trump. The Bridge Doctor will help you learn this system. Or visit the ACOL BIDDING website

Precision Bridge Page – Michael O’Connor

Standard Dutch Bidding System AKA Biedermeijer Red


LEARN POPULAR CONVENTIONS


 ACBL’s Commonly Used Conventions  : With only 15 words allowed during an auction and just 13 cards in each suit, bridge players have invented dozens of special bids, called conventions, to describe their strength and hand patterns. Great list of conventions here.

Jeff Tang’s Bridge Conventions : Lot’s of conventions on this Bidding page, part of Jeff Tan’s excellent site.

Bridge Buff : A good Conventions page from Bridge Buff.

The Bridge Guys massive collection of conventions on this popular website.

Baker Bridge – Bidding Conventions with Practice Deals


PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

Daily and Weekly Bridge Puzzles – a page on Great Bridge Links.

Intermediate/Novice Bidding and Play material can be found in the Great Bridge Links Classroom

SAYC : STANDARD AMERICAN YELLOW CARD Bidding Practice website and app.

Nikos Sarantakos’ Bridge Page Luxembourg : Articles and Quizzes. Originally published in Dutch and/or the Greek Bridge Federation magazines, Nikos Sarantakos presents problems from real-life deals played at the highest levels. In each problem, you face a decision, usually concerning a call or an opening lead.

Australian Bridge Magazine Online Bidding Forum. Five problems are posed every two months and visitors are invited to submit their answers with comments. The most interesting comments are presented with the answers. These are the same five problems that we run in the magazine. This allows us to also show the scores from the expert panel in the magazine.www.australianbridge.com, Paul Marston, Publisher and editor


SOME TOOLS FOR THAT

BridgetoernoolOn this site I have I have collected almost 130000 boards from major bridge tournaments. Visitors can view the deal the players the bidding and play. See the tournaments section. Richard van Haastrecht (May 2011)

Double Dummy Corner : Started in January 2001 for the benefit of people interested in double dummy bridge play problems. Its main purposes are to provide a repository of every worthwhile DD problem that has ever been published; and to provide a medium for publication of new problems for competitive solving. It is updated every Sunday, in principle, subject to the vagaries of the webmaster’s personal life. (September 2009)

Bid-em-ups for Partnership Bidding Practice  courtesy of Larry Cohen. Great hand printouts, new set each month.

1.3 of BbnOrganiser. This program enables you to organize your personal bridge bidding system.  Tis Veugen (December 2006)

PlayBRIDGE : Bridge Hand Generator : It is a bridge education tool to be used to practice bidding, visualize hands or resolve what-if situations. It also produces duplicate forms pre-filled with computer generated deals. You can generate random deals, seed your hand with selected cards or specify your strength and distribution requirements. I hope that the Internet bridge playing community will find playBridge useful and fun.


PEOPLE AND THEIR SYSTEMS 

MUTOS system – Eugeen Vannuten Bridge System, MUTOS (MUlti and Transfer Oriented System)

Everything That Matters (ETM) Bidding Systems and Conventions

 ToyBridge blog It covers my play experiences with some side tracking into system design and evaluation. I have been updating it roughly every 3 days for about 6 months now and would very much like to be included on your link site. Daniel Skipper

 Hondobridge Howard Schutzman’s site contains free lesson material to download and most lessons are presented as excellent bridge movies, compliments of Kia Azziz,

Great Modern Conventions. Will you add a link to my new site describing some conventions I have written? I hope you enjoy, Mo Clark

 Book: 1/1 Game Force, Henryk Mach. It provides information in the following categories: bidding systems, conventions, bidding theory, and humor.

The Composite Club – new link. book by Bill Hodgkiss on a strong club bidding system. Apart from the 1C opener, the system is largely based on natrual bidding. It is descibed in two forms: BASIC for easier assimilation and ADVANCED for more interested readers. Books.

BridgeHands Bridge Encyclopedia – new bridge instruction website. BridgeHands offers a well-indexed complete Bridge Encyclopedia with conventions and play narratives, comprehensive Laws reference for players/Directors, Tourney bulletins, free monthly eMagazine Newsletter, webhosting, reviews for cruise and books (including ordering). Owner : Michael Nistler

Contract Bridge on Wikipedia : a community of sites dedicated to providing high-quality informative web content, similar to Wikiverse above. Available in 16 languages. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. In the English version, started in 2001, members are currently working on 1,030,462 articles. Anyone can drop in and correct, update or add to the content.

Mark Abraham – The server upon which my bridge systems page was located suffered a catastrophic failure recently and is not being resurrected. . I would be grateful if you would update your links and bookmarks accordingly. For those who don’t know, or have forgotten, there are descriptions of a number of symmetric relay systems, including strong club and strong pass methods, mostly with transfer-opening styles. There are also links to several other exotic Forcing Pass systems and bidding conventions. Regards, Mark Abraham

The Modest Club – New Bridge Book : The Modest Club gives you dynamic distribution data fast. Think hard, right away. Project the possible auctions. Be prepared to handle surprises. Be ready to create them, too. Ted Warner, author.

 Pannol Bidding System – copyright 1995-2002 James Wanless & Claire Gilman Link Updated Sep 2013

Daniel Neill’s cool links to systems and other bridge sites.

 The ETM Bidding Systems – by Glen Ashton. The “Everything That Matters” methods are systems, conventions, and bidding approaches designed to keep the important while eliminating the unnecessary.

 The Blue Team Club Home Page – A site dedicated to the famous bridge system played by Forquet, Garozzo, Franco, etc. The site is not yet in English, but the English version of the Arturo Franco and Benito Garozzo’s System Notes is available for download. It is a very interesting 73 page system, more or less the same used by De Falco and Ferraro to win the las European Championship. Marco Pancotti.

 L_system – Bidding System. L system is for the idea of light opening: open the 5 card suit with 8-12HP, since the range is of highest probability. If we overcall with these hands, why not bid at the first chance.

Prism Signals The sole content of the site is an 11 chapter e-book entitled Prism Signals. A hyped description- A Revolutionary Defensive Signal…Defender Signals Declarer’s Distribution. A more down to earth description (a quote from the forward)- “The purpose of these pages is to demonstrate one fact: The four hands of a bridge deal are structurally interdependent.”