Theory and Conventions
M J Bridge
Theory, Conventions, and Rules of Thumb
There are many conventional bids in modern bridge.
Some are in common use at all levels of the game -
Many of these conventions are specific to a particular point in the bidding.
The Stayman convention for example is used by most partnerships after partner opens in no trumps. There are other important situations in which it should be used, but as this is its natural home you will find a full discussion of it under the section on responder’s first bid when partner opens 1NT. Extensions of the convention will be discussed as they arise in other situations.
Other conventions such as the splinter bid and the cue-
Occasionally a particular convention arises out of a particular piece of more abstract theory.
The most important example of this is ‘The Law of Total Tricks’.
Such theory will be included, along with an introduction to the conventions which follow from it, in the following pages.
Note that many of the methods in these pages come into an advanced classification -
Indeed, I would suggest that you do not start by ploughing through these pages -
For more about conventions, theory, and other topics in this section follow the links on the left.
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