Contract Bridge

Contract bridge usually known simply as bridge, is a card game played with 52 cards . It is played by four players who form two partnerships; the partners (N, E, S, W) sit opposite each other at a table. The game consists of dealing, the auction (bidding) and downplay of 13 tricks, after which the hand is scored; all this takes about ten minutes. All actions are done clockwise.

The bidding ends with a contract, which is a declaration by one partnership that their side will win at least a stated number of tricks, with a specified suit as trump or without trumps. The declaring partnership will try to make the announced tricks, and the opponents - the other partnership- will try to impede them. This way a real competition is established. Downplay: 52 cards ( 4 x 13 ) are dealt to the four players. To the first trick each player places one card on the table, and the highest card wins. The winner is entitled to put the first card to the next trick. This downplay ends with trick # 13. The result is expressed in a score, a numerical value, which permits comparing to other scores.

   

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