If I tell
you to look at the left picture and make a wish, non bridge players will
wish new cars, billion dollars or Grand
Holidays. But, a bridge player
will wish couple of grand slams per day..
bonus of making a grand slam bid is 1500 points.
The hardest decision for a bridge player is
bidding grand slam.. Because, slam is mostly 100% guaranteed before
bidding grand slam.
If you bid unsure grand
slam, instead of sure slam, and go one down, you will lose 750
This is also true
for bidding slam instead of game contract..
Try to be contented with slam, if you think that grand slam is not sure:
"Don't lose what
you have in the effort to get more !"
So, you must always measure
your hand precisely. Here is a measurement table for you to measure the
size of your hand: Make the measurements together with your partner's hand.
|Size of Your Hand
||Combined Total Points
Bid grand slam
whenever you feel your hand is XXL
After I established the
above table, I read some bulletins from World Bridge Championships. And
noticed that new champions don't care about my above table.
We were opening 1NT with 16-18 points.. Then
points accepted in dublicate clubs.. But we are puzzled when we run into some
hands which are opened 12-14 points. They even
can open 1NT with 9 points... These are all depend on partnership
agreements. As a summary I can say that, the champions measure the size of
their hands with points, distribution of suits and stoppers. The
distribution helps a lot in making a contract:
For example, 3NT game points can
drop from 26 to 18 total points. Didn't you believe me? Then
watch the below hand played by a champion:
If you click the below link, you will
watch a champion while he was making 3NT game with only 18 total HCP in
If you click
above link, you can play a hand which is taken from World Bridge