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In order to play the game of bridge with success, you need to be aware of the game play process that takes place. Of course, this is something that you will catch onto as a beginner. And once you are aware of the game play you should not have any problems moving forward.
The first thing that you need to know is how many players are needed for a game of bridge. Bridge consists of four players, who are broken down into two partnerships. This is the way that the most popular version of the game, known as contract bridge, is played. It is up to the four players at the table to decide how the teams are going to be broken down; there are no rules for this. With that being said, you should know that the partners should sit across the table as opposed to next to one another.
A session of bridge is made up of several deals. To sum things up shortly a session includes: the dealing of the hand, the bidding process, the playing of the hand, and then the scoring process. But as you can imagine, there are many rules and regulations that govern how all of these steps take place. And of course, a session of bridge will last longer than just a few minutes.
Simply put, the goal of each deal is for the teams to get the highest score possible with the cards that were given. The final score is affected by both the tricks taken during the game play as well as number of bidded tricks during the auction step.
In contract bridge, the name comes from the promise of one person in the partnership to take a specified number of tricks; this can be done with or without trumps. You need to know the two parts of this: denomination and level. Denominations are, from highest to lowest, no trump, spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs. Levels are the number of tricks that will be taken; but only the ones above the first six.
Now it is time to move onto bidding. The partnerships compare to determine who proposed the contract with the highest rank. From there, the partners who win the bidding must then move forward to take on the number of tricks that they stated. If the winning bidders fulfill their contract of tricks, they will then score points. If they do not reach their contracted amount, the other side will then get the points.
As you can see, the basic game play of bridge is not difficult to understand. It is the minor details that you will have to become familiar with. And over time, you will do this without any problems at all.
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