These exercises are aimed to improve efficiency and speed in disciplined
thinking when valuating your hand.
Within the allotted time you need to decide on the following hand valuation
- High Card Points*
- Losing Trick Count*
- Can you open the bidding : 'Yes' or 'No'
- Can you Respond to Partner's Opening : 'Yes' or 'No'
- Can you make and Overcall : 'Yes' or 'No'
- Can you make a Take-out Double : 'Yes' or 'No'
* Prefer to count HCP and LTC, rather than
HCP + Length points
10 Seconds Pass rule
The Dealer for each Deal will ask whether all players have
had sufficient time to evaluate their hand.
After all 3 players at the
table have affirmed this the Dealer starts the auction period, Each
following player is allowed 10 seconds to pass.
The 10 seconds Pass rule applies to the first bid each player makes, be it an Opening, Response, Overcall or Take-out Double.
(Any positive bid may take longer.)
A Pass made after the 10 seconds deadline will be an illegal bid #.
The Offender and his/her Partner are from then on not permitted to
make any other bid than Pass.
Opposing side may bid on as normal, unhindered by
The 10 seconds pass rule will be applied as from Tuesday May
The Dealer of each deal will be in charge and
responsible for reporting any lengthy pass to the Director
immediately after its occurrence.
The Director will make the final
decision on this.
When taking too long to think and then finally pass tells your
Partner you have close to Opening hand (or Take out double) values. This is
not allowed in Duplicate bridge.
Bidding must proceed in a smooth regular
tempo from one player to the next.
We will enforce this in our
Bridge Club for the first bid each player makes.
Novices with less than 6 months experience are
exempted from this rule.