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Auction bridge was one of the predecessors of the game of bridge, superseded by royal auction bridge, and, in turn, contract bridge.

Characteristics Edit

In auction bridge, the scoring system favoured the red suits, as shown in the following point count for each odd trick:

  • NT: 10
  • : 8
  • : 6
  • : 4
  • : 2

30 points formed a game and an undertrick worth 50 points penalty.

Moreover, the rules for sufficient bid were based on the value of the contract rather than the level, therefore, a player holding long black suit was not possible to overcall freely, as illustrated by the following example:[1]

T3
9743
KJ65
J98
9
QT2
QT973
T752
N
W E
S
AKJ8754
KJ6
K64
Q62
A85
A842
AQ3


The bidding went:

North East South West
1NT /
/  ?

East could bid nothing but to double, which was a conventional invitation to lead a spade, hoping that the spade suit could run. However, in royal auction bridge, with improved point counts, East could easily compete by bidding two lilies (equivalent to two spades in modern terms).

ReferencesEdit

  1. Royal Auction Bridge, R. F. Foster (1912), p. 9

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