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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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[Ace of Spades]
[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[King of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]

Note your bids—and then check your bridge rating

HERE ARE THE ANSWERS

Awards for various bids range from 5 points, for the best answer, down to 0.

1

One no trump 5 points
One heart 3 points
Two no trump 1 point
Two hearts 0 points

The winning bid on this hand is one no trump. The hand is evenly balanced and contains 17 high-card points. Note that only 3 points are allowed for the bid of one heart, for the reason that future bidding is much more difficult if the hand is opened in this manner. If, for example, partner responds with a bid of one no trump to the opening bid of a heart, it will be difficult to decide whether or not to go on. The other two calls are actually not worth considering but are included for the sake of completeness. One point is allowed for the bid of two no trump only because it is superior to the opening bid of two hearts.

2

One diamond 5 points
One club 4 points
One no trump 1 point
One spade 0 points

The best bid is one diamond, the suit below the singleton, though an opening bid of one club might work out just as well. However, we allow 1 point below perfect for this answer. One point is allowed for the reply of one no trump simply to recognize the human desire to cash 150 honors. We allow no credit for the bid of one spade, which would make it rather difficult to develop the bidding.

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