Scoring & Tricks  
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 won the contract - how many tricks do I have to win?

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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 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

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