Bridge is a trick-taking game and is a card game in which playing the trick is based on 13 rounds of play, each called tricks, which has a winner or “taker” of that trick. When all cards have been played, the number of the tricks won by each pair is counted for scoring. The winner of a trick is the one who plays the highest-ranked card of the suit led, unless another player has trumped it.
I’ve bid – how many tricks do I have to win?
Scoring is based on the number of tricks a player or partnership has won and the value of that contract for example a No-trump contract scores more points at the same Level than a major suit contract and a major suit contract scores more points than a minor suit contract
Counting Tricks you need to make when you play a contract
The Book is a term which refers to the first six tricks that must always be won by the declaring side if they are to gain a score. The first six “book” tricks must be won and are not calculated in the scoring. A contract at the 1-level means the declarer (player) must win at least 7 tricks (that is, the book = 6 + 1) tricks. Extra points are awarded only for the extra tricks above the book.
|Bid||Level of bid||+ The Book||= Tricks to Win|
|1 NoTrump,||or||1♠||or||1♥||or||1♦||or||1♣||1||+ 6 tricks||=7 tricks|
|2 NoTrump||or||2♠||or||2♥||or||2♦||or||2♣||2||+ 6 tricks||=8 tricks|
|3 NoTrump||or||3♠||or||3♥||or||3♦||or||3♣||3||+ 6 tricks||=9 tricks|
|4 NoTrump||or||4♠||or||4♥||or||4♦||or||4♣||4||+ 6 tricks||=10 tricks|
|5 NoTrump||or||5♠||or||5♥||or||5♦||or||5♣||5||+ 6 tricks||=11 tricks|
|6 NoTrump||or||6♠||or||6♥||or||6♦||or||6♣||6||+ 6 tricks||=12 tricks|
|7 NoTrump||or||7♠||or||7♥||or||7♦||or||7♣||7||+ 6 tricks||=13 tricks|
High Card Points Lesson and Practice Game