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HOW GOOD ARE YOU?
Charles Goren
October 14, 1957
As a bridge player, the author contends, your main aim should be to get fun out of the game, which is a competitive sport. But he also has a cheerful—and revolutionary—method of evaluating your own rating
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October 14, 1957

How Good Are You?

As a bridge player, the author contends, your main aim should be to get fun out of the game, which is a competitive sport. But he also has a cheerful—and revolutionary—method of evaluating your own rating

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Double 5 points
Double 4 points
One spade 3 points
Two clubs 2 points

A double is the clear form of action. This is for a take-out. Our next choice lies between a pass, awaiting developments, and an overcall of one spade. The overcall of two clubs is least favored in our scheme. Minor-suit over-calls have so little to gain. However, since this is a reasonably sound hand, a limited award is made for competing.

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Two hearts 5 points
Double 4 points
Two spades 2 points
One spade 1 point

The cue bid of two hearts, forcing to game, receives a full award. The next best call is a double. We allow only 1 point for the overcall of one spade, which is drastically inadequate. The award of 2 points for the bid of two spades is made out of consideration to those players who have not yet become familiar with our new pre-emptive jump overcall.

YOUR RATING

EXPERT 63 to 70
TOP RANK 56 to 62
GOOD 42 to 55
AVERAGE 28 to 41
UNDER 28 You need a few lessons

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