What are trumps?

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.

what are trumps in bridge example hand

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.

what are trumps in bridge example hand


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’.

7 Comments

  1. nevillet says:

    Made five (5)….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  2. nevillet says:

    Made it this time….!!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  3. deedeeuk says:

    Made 12 tricks, unfortunately didn’t bid it!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  4. tonygraham says:

    Made 12 but unfortunately bid 7H. Must get a better hang of slam bidding!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  5. deedeeuk says:

    Would like hints on how to play the hands. Made 5. how to make the 6th.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 3 P 6
    P P P

  6. hujar says:

    Made 12 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  7. hujar says:

    Made 6 this time around
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 3 P 6
    P P P

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