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The term 'Game has a special meaning when you play bridge. If you and your partner bid to game you earn extra bonus points on top of the points you receive for each trick won. Play the hand below in game in Hearts and in NoTrumps... In this situation the game makes whatever the contract but NoTrumps can be difficult if you have to lose the lead too many times

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Bidding Game -what is it?

"Game" has a special meaning when you play bridge. Bidding to 'game' means you have bid to the level where you are entitled to extra bonus points just for bidding up to that level. If your contract stays below the level of game it is then called part game and your bonus is much smaller. To obtain this bonus you must  bid and make your contract, if you don't,  points are awarded to your opposition but on a different scale. The partnership vulnerability affects only the 'game' bonus points not the 'part game' contracts and many more points are allocated for a vulnerable game contract.

'Game' or 'part game' bonuses are allocated at the end of each round as follows:

  • any part game contract successfully bid and played, scores a bonus of 50 points on top of points for the tricks made
  • any 'game' contract successfully bid and played, scores a game bonus of 300 if not vulnerable and 500 if vulnerable on top of the points awarded for the tricks played and won.
  • if you fail to make your contract the opposition gets points allocated, you and partner get none (when playing against the computer it is recorded as a minus score eg. -200)

If a partnership have enough points in their combined hands, they should bid always try to bid up to the "Game" level.
You need at least 25 HCP between you and your partner to bid "Game." in NoTrump 3NT;  26 TP for "game" in 4♠,  4♥ and 27 TP to bid "game" in 5, 5♣ these point requirements are approximate and subject to partnership agreements.
If responder has 13 points or more, then it is right to bid game, because Opener already has shown an opening hand and responder has extra points: 13TP  (opener) + 13TP  (responder) = 26 TP

The Number of Tricks  for "Game" 

· Bidding 3NT requires 25 HCP and winning 9 tricks 

· Bidding 4, 4 requires 26 TP and winning 10 tricks

· Bidding 5, 5 requires 27 TP and winning 11 tricks






Tricks Required

Lowest Ranked Bid
1D 1H 1S 1NT = 7 tricks
2C 2D 2H 2S 2NT = 8 tricks
3C 3D 3H 3S 3NT = 9 tricks
4C 4D 4H 4S
= 10 tricks
5C 5D

= 11 tricks

Red font indicates the minimum bid to obtain "Game" bonus points

Exercise: Your partner opens the bidding with 1. What do you respond with this hand?

  • 6 5
  • A K 7 6
  • Q 6 2
  • K J 5 2

Show partner your 'fit' you cannot show them your points by just raising their suit - so first bid 2 and then bid 4. Your partner has shown 13-15 TP and a 5 card heart suit, with your heart fit and 13 HCP you have enough points to be in 'game'

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