Auction bridge

Auction bridge

Infobox CardGame
title = Auction Bridge
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type = trick-taking
players = 4
play = Clockwise
card_rank = A K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
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num_cards = 52-card
deck = Anglo-American
origin =
related = Whist, Contract Bridge
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The card game auction bridge was developed from straight bridge in 1904 and was a precursor to contract bridge (Frey, Morehead, and Mott-Smith 1956).

The main difference between auction bridge and contract bridge is that in auction bridge a game is scored whenever the required number of tricks (9 in No Trump, 10 in Hearts or Spades, 11 in Clubs or Diamonds) is scored. In contract bridge the number of points from tricks taken past the bid do not count towards making a game. Because of this, accurate bidding becomes much more important in contract bridge: partners have to use the bidding to tell each other what their suits and strengths are, so a judgement can be made as to what the chances are of making a game.


The bidding, play and laws are the same as contract bridge.


A scoring table for Auction Bridge, from the Official Rules of Card Games, 1973 is as follows:

Odd-tricks: no trumps are worth 10; spades 9; hearts 8; diamonds 7; clubs 6.

Game was 30 points, and only odd-tricks counted towards game. The first side to win two games won the rubber and scored a 250 point bonus.

Each under-trick was worth 50 points to the opponents.

Small slam was worth 50 points; grand slam was worth 100 points.

Honours were scored as follows: 4 trump honours in one hand 80; 5 trump honours or 4 aces in no trumps in one hand 100. For an addition honour in partner's hand, or for 3 or more honours divided between both hands 10 each.

Contracts could be doubled and redoubled, which doubled or quadrupled the odd-trick and under-trick amounts. In addition there was a bonus of 50 points for making a doubled contract and for each over-trick, this was doubled if the contract was redoubled.


External links

* [ Rules of Card Games: Bridge]

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  • Auction bridge — Auc tion bridge A variety of the game of bridge in which the players, beginning with the dealer, bid for the privilege of naming the trump and playing with the dummy for that deal, there being heavy penalties for a player s failure to make good… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • auction bridge — n. a variety of the game of bridge in which the players bid for the right to say what suit shall be trump or to declare no trump: the extra tricks the declarer wins beyond his bid count toward a game: see also CONTRACT BRIDGE …   English World dictionary

  • auction bridge — a variety of bridge in which odd tricks won in excess of the number named in the contract are scored toward game. Cf. contract (def. 5). [1905 10] * * *       card game that was the third step in the historical progression from whist to bridge… …   Universalium

  • auction bridge — noun a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge • Syn: ↑auction • Hypernyms: ↑bridge …   Useful english dictionary

  • auction bridge — noun Date: 1903 a bridge game differing from contract bridge in that tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • auction bridge — auc′tion bridge n. gam a variety of bridge in which tricks won in excess of the contract are scored toward game • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • auction bridge — /ɒkʃən ˈbrɪdʒ/ (say okshuhn brij) noun a variety of bridge in which all tricks won, whether bid or not, score towards game. Compare contract bridge …  

  • auction bridge — noun an obsolete form of the card game bridge, in which all tricks won counted towards the game whether bid or not …   English new terms dictionary

  • royal auction bridge — noun : auction bridge in which the spade suit is bid either as the lowest ranking suit counting 2 points per odd trick or as the highest ranking suit counting 9 points per odd trick compare royal spade …   Useful english dictionary

  • auction — [ôk′shən] n. [L auctio, an increasing, sale by increase of bids < auctus, pp. of augere, to increase: see WAX2] 1. a public sale at which items are sold one by one, each going to the last and highest of a series of competing bidders 2. AUCTION …   English World dictionary

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