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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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Of these 50 million, perhaps only 5 million play regularly, and fewer than one million play well. Perhaps 100,000 are good enough to take part in tournaments; somewhat over 1,000 have done extremely well in these bridge events and have earned the American Contract Bridge League's top rating of Life Master; fewer than 100 are recognized by their peers as experts; perhaps a dozen are the caliber of superstar who would rate All-America if there were such a class in bridge.

Where do you stand in this army? To get a good idea, try your bidding skill on the following quiz. Take a pencil and note the bids you would make with the 14 hands shown on the facing page, after that I shall give you a score for your bids. But—always remember—your score is not important if you have fun playing bridge or working out bridge problems.

THE PROBLEMS

1 You are dealer and vulnerable. What is your opening bid?

[Ace of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[King of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[King of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]

2 You are dealer and vulnerable. What is your opening bid?

[Ace of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]

3 You are dealer and vulnerable. What is your opening bid?

[Ace of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]

4 Both sides vulnerable. Your partner bids one no trump, your right-hand opponent passes. What is your bid?

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