M J Bridge
Beginner and above
Assessing the hand
Whether you are at the beginner stage or operating at a far higher level, the way in which you think about the potential of your hand and your choice of opening bid are crucial to all that follows.
There is nothing new in the content of this page but some readers will find something new in outlook.
When you first pick up your hand, and after you have counted it and sorted it to your own satisfaction, I want you to assess it in two separate ways.
The second of these is to count the number of high-
First, however, I want you to note the shape -
In particular I want you to note whether or not the hand contains a suit of six or more cards, or at least 5-
These shapes define the hand-
Having determined the hand-
Hands with a suit of at least six cards are
(For the purposes of this link I shall include hands with 6-
Hands with at least 5-
(An optional alternative method for some 5-
Something of a special case is the hand with
Any other hand will have
Note that the classifications above are irrespective of the strength (HCP) of the hand.
If you are considering opening the hand then follow the appropriate link above according to the shape of the hand -
This page last revised 30th Aug 2018
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