What is an auction in bridge?January 1, 2017
What are trumps in bridge?
A trump suit is one which outranks all other suits.
- The trump suit is determined during the auction.
- A trump may, in certain circumstances, beat any card from the other suits.
A trump contract
In the auction, if the final bid is made in a suit, that becomes the trump suit.
The bidding is over, so the final contract is 4♥
. This means that, for the duration of this deal, hearts have a special rank which is higher than all the others.
When can a trump beat a card from another suit?
A trick can be won either by the highest card in that suit, or by a trump. You must follow suit if you can, so you can only play a trump if you have no cards left in the suit which was led.
Hearts are trumps. In this case you have no spades, so you can trump the ace of spades with a small heart.
Not every hand has a trump suit. Hands played without a trump suit are said to be played in ‘notrumps’.