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Points for game

How many points do you need between two balanced hands to give yourself a reasonable shot at making 3NT? If you said 25 then you’ve been taught well. Just remember, though, that you’ll sometimes go down with 25 and you’ll sometimes make 9 tricks with fewer than 25. You can’t bid them all and you’re going to wish you’d bid some you didn’t but that’s life in the bridge world. Don’t go messing around with the fundamentals because of one lucky or unlucky hand!

42 Comments

  1. Profile photo of baygon2014 baygon2014 says:

    There has to be a gremlin in the system. Why did partner not respond stayman? 3nt should have been the contract but instead I gambled on 3 diamonds making comfortably.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1N
    P P 2 3
    P P P

  2. Profile photo of ginny13 ginny13 says:

    Yeah well I did 3 diamonds….I had points for 1NT but since they opened 2spades….I was between a rock and a hard place…..
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 3N
    P P P

  3. Profile photo of ginny13 ginny13 says:

    Ha but this was my second try…..just jumped to NTS

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 3N
    P P P

  4. Profile photo of brentonc brentonc says:

    2nt making 4nt. Managed to keep E from getting the lead and running it’s spades.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  5. Profile photo of katerina53 katerina53 says:

    2NT contract l made 10 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  6. Profile photo of brass5 brass5 says:

    Tried it first with 2NT, making 10, surprised p did not respond. Played again trying a X bid, p then went 3C then I went to 3NT, again making 10.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 X
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  7. Profile photo of wolfie wolfie says:

    Surely North is strong enough to go to game?
    2NT making 4.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  8. Profile photo of wolfie wolfie says:

    @baygon2014. North needs minimum of 8 hcp for Stayman. (in your strong NT system)
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  9. Profile photo of wolfie wolfie says:

    @baygon2014. North needs minimum of 8 hcp for Stayman. (in your strong NT system)
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  10. Profile photo of wolfie wolfie says:

    Played as West … 2 light in 3S … good sac!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    3 P P P

  11. Profile photo of maryg maryg says:

    Made 2nt
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  12. Profile photo of redsquirrel redsquirrel says:

    Not impressed N left me in 1NT showing 16-18 points with his 7 pts surely he should have shown his 2nd suit or bid 2NT. Made 9 tricks probably should have made 10 was still getting over the shock of being left in 1NT!!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 1N
    P P P

  13. Bid 4 hearts & made it
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 4
    P P P

  14. Profile photo of fishy fishy says:

    pleased w 3D then saw the results! this would be a good one for a video Graeme
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 3
    P P P

  15. Profile photo of fishy fishy says:

    2NT made 10 much better result
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  16. Bid 2NT over 2S and N left it there even though he had 7 HCP. Surely N should have gone to game?. Made 9 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  17. Profile photo of stevewehrle stevewehrle says:

    @redsquirrel, I may be wrong, but I think that the way the computer is set up, your bidding sequence is not showing a particularly strong hand – probably 13 points or so. I had a similar sequence, but rebid 2NT, which N raised to 3. What do you think, @graeme or @tina?The play worked as I managed to keep a spade stop, and then ran all the finesses through East’s spade hand – even when they lost, he had no connection to East’s spades.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 2N
    P 3N P P
    P

  18. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    Bid 2NT made 9 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  19. Profile photo of redsquirrel redsquirrel says:

    @stevewehrle thanks Steve, too early in the morning and in a rush for a meeting! I should have bid 2NT – just done it now, partner bid 3NT made 11, quite happy, time for a coffee.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 2N
    P 3N P P
    P

  20. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    2 N/T contract made 10 tricks pretty happy with that .did anyone make 11 tricks ? cheers normie SA
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  21. Profile photo of sandra sandra says:

    After partners 1 heart response i bid 1 Nt Should have bid 2 Nt showing 15 to 16 points and he passed! leaving us underbid I made 10 but we should have been in 3 Nt
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 1N
    P P P

  22. Profile photo of nancyjane nancyjane says:

    Bid 2NT, made 9.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  23. Profile photo of dominicref dominicref says:

    Initially I bid 1D and then 1NT, which a/c to my Acol crib (No Fear Bridge) shows 15-16. I was furious (like @redsquirrel) that North passed, so I immediately re-dealt (which the system seemed to allow, previously it used to warn that this wouldn’t count as a game) and this time bid 2NT on 2nd round. North raised to 3NT and we made 10. Might have been very different if East hadn’t played low in the first trick – important that I was able to keep the Ace of Spades as cover.

    However I guess North was right on a point count not to push from my 1NT to game because we had only 23 points (and I see @graeme only bid 2NT…)
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 2N
    P 3N P P
    P

  24. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    We maed five (5)….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 3
    P P P

  25. Profile photo of rita928 rita928 says:

    Also bid 2N, per the hint and made 10. Always happy to do the same as Graeme.
    Comment box not working again!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  26. Profile photo of rita928 rita928 says:

    Tried it again. X the opening bid, ended in 3N and made 3, for a better score!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 X
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  27. Profile photo of lynng lynng says:

    My p left me in 2 boo hoo
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  28. Profile photo of blondie58 blondie58 says:

    Made 10 X the 2S opener after partner bid 3C went to 3NT… 🙂

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 X
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  29. Profile photo of blondie58 blondie58 says:

    Made 10 X the 2S opener after partner bid 3C went to 3NT… 🙂

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 X
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  30. Profile photo of suzie suzie says:

    Played in 1NT 🙁 , made 10 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 1N
    P P P

  31. 1st hand opened 1 NT, bidding stopped at 2 spades for ew. Must have pushed the wrong button. Bid again more carefully 3nt, & made 10. ( opened 1 diamond though this time).
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 3N
    P P P

  32. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    I opened the bid with 1 D and N responded 1 H and E said 1 S. I jumped the 3 H in hopes N would go to 4 H. Can’t count on N to do anything. I made 4 H.! It was a great h and toplay!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 3
    P P P

  33. Followed hints to 2NT , N passed, made 11.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  34. Profile photo of jeanne jeanne says:

    Bid 2nt and made 3nt
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  35. Profile photo of eviefox eviefox says:

    Thought about bidding 3 NT but having now seen North’s points I was right not to,
    in theory.Wish I had though,made 10
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 1N
    P P P

  36. Profile photo of squarepeg61 squarepeg61 says:

    Got distracted and forgot the contract was 2S and, as a result, I didn’t defend as well as I could have. Still, E/W went down one.


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1N
    P P 2 P
    P P

  37. Profile photo of paulines paulines says:

    Made 10 tricks in 3 NT’s. I think there’s another trick there.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 1N
    P P P

  38. Profile photo of ijohn ijohn says:

    With ACOL bidding, i was too strong to open 1NT, so i bid a suit and then rebid 1NT showing 15-16. North sitting with 8 points, and 2 x 10,s which count as half each,PLUS the extra point for long suit, makes 9 in total,so should respond 2NT, inviting me to bid 3NT.
    Looking at comments above, its clear that the computer bidding system is not correct, and I would ask the organisers to look into the wrong and missed bids that are thrown up.
    I think that SB club is planning to relaunch, having taken over the Bridge Doctor website.That site was perfect, and a lot can learnt from their system.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 1 1N
    P P P

  39. Profile photo of wilma wilma says:

    Wilma
    After the first try of 3D and partner left me there, I remembered to X during second effort. If you have 16 you are too weak to go to 2NT but too strong for 3D . when partner bid 3C I could go to 3NT and made it! 🙂

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 X
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  40. Profile photo of eileen1 eileen1 says:

    2nt made 10 tricks
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

  41. Profile photo of wandad wandad says:

    Made 10 tricks in 3 NT, but agree too few points. I felt it was the best I could do.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 X
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  42. Profile photo of wandad wandad says:

    Made 10 but only bid 2
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 2 2N
    P P P

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