Beginner and above
The Opening Bid
Many auctions take their first wrong turn with the opening bid.
The guidelines for both your assessment of the potential of a hand, and for the methods of showing that hand in the bidding, differ according to the shape of the hand -
You will therefore not be surprised that before you think any more about your opening bid you should first determine the hand-
That is the purpose of the next page
That page will in turn direct you to the page(s) for the specific hand-
For those with more experience the following links will take you to the appropriate pages rather more rapidly.
This page last revised 21st May 2019
M J Bridge
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