Terms in Bridge  
The Beginner section of lessons are for absolute beginning players. When you have completed the first eight lessons and taken the quiz you will begin learning a bidding system. If you already have some card playing experience in particular '500', 'Whist' or 'Euchre' you will be able to start learning Standard American straight away.

Brief Description of a Bridge Game

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Bridge terms - don't worry about memorising them all now, as they will be used in upcoming lessons.

The Cards

Every player holds 13 cards dealt from a deck of 52 cards. Cards are from highest  to the lowest: Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), and 10 (T), 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. 

The Game

The Objectives to win a contract with bids, and then play the hand getting the number of tricks you bid for, based on the cards in your hand.
Positions Your Partner  opposite you, will be  named either North(N) - South(S), or East(E) - West(W). While playing on the www.60SecondBridge.com  computer you will always be South (S) and your partner, North (N).

The Bidding

Dealer: The Dealer (D) who is the player with the first turn to bid. If Dealer chooses not to bid and passes (P) bidding proceeds taking turns in a clockwise direction  . If four players in the first round of bidding  Pass (P), then the hand is not played.
Trump Suit: can be Spades, Hearts, Diamonds or Clubs.
NoTrumps:  The contract can be in NoTrumps, with no trump suit and the highest card of the suit led, wins the trick.    
Bidding is Finished when three players in a row have passed the bidding.
The Contract: won by the player who makes the highest bid.
The Defense: is the partnership that does not win the contract  known as the defenders (or the defense) they try to play well and take the opponents down.

Playing the Game

The Opening Lead The defense are the first to start the play. The player next to play after declarer is allowed to play any card of their choice, the other players must follow suit if they can. A player who cannot follow suit may discard, or trump if the contract is in a trump suit.
Declarer is the person who gets to play the hand. The first person who bids the winning  suit is the declarer. 
Dummy is declarer's partner and after the opening lead, puts all their cards on the table face up taking no more part in that game.

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