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What is an auction in bridge?

The first part of any bridge game consists of an auction, where players compete for the right to choose the final contract.

  • The auction process- who begins the bidding
  • The value of the suits – ranking the cards
  • The contract – the number of tricks you have to make

The auction process

The dealer gets the first chance to bid followed by the other players in clockwise rotation. If you don’t want to bid you can pass.

what is an auction in bridge example hand

North opens and East passes.

The value of the suits

Like any auction, you must make a bid which is higher than the previous bid.

The first 6 tricks are called the book.The minimum level to start the auction is 1. This means that you contract to make 7 tricks (6 plus the book)..

The lowest bid, therefore, is 1 and the highest is 7NT, which means you must make all 13 tricks (7+6).The suits in bridge have a rank, which is as follows:

  1. Notrumps
  2. Spades
  3. Hearts
  4. Diamonds
  5. Clubs
what is an auction in bridge example hand

You would like to bid clubs. Clubs are a lower rank than hearts, so you must bid 2.
what is an auction in bridge example hand

This time you want to tell partner about your spade suit. You can bid 1, as spades are ranked higher than hearts.
what is an auction in bridge example hand

The auction is over when there have been three passes. Think of any auction – going, going, gone!

The declarer

The player, who first nominates the trump suit (or notrumps) becomes the declarer.

what is an auction in bridge example hand


Although North made the last and highest bid you, as South, are the declarer, as you bid spades first. This means that you will play the hand.

7 Comments

  1. dalingregg says:

    Forgot I was in NT at the end and nearly mucked it up!! But got there OK. Should have made one more!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 3N P P
    P

  2. starrin says:

    made 11, can there be 12?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P 3N P P
    P

  3. deedeeuk says:

    made 10. how to make the overtrick please
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P 3N P P
    P

  4. collar says:

    It took 3goes to get it right. The lead was a diamond. I finessed the hearts and spades and kept away from clubs. Paid off. Both finesses worked..
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  5. collar says:

    I made 11 tricks. @deeddeeuk. See above
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  6. hujar says:

    3nt making 10 but thats not what shows on list
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

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