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Diagram/Direction - A graphical layout showing an overhead view of the cards each player holds. Players are referred to by their compass orientation; clockwise from the top, the players are: North, East, South, West.  Also see Opener-Overcaller-Responder-Advancer

Diagram of the Bridge Notation format:
 
 Deal: South A 10 6 3
Q 10 8
K 4
A 9 8 4 2
 
Q 7 2
A J 3
A Q 10 9 2
J 6

North

 West                           East

 South

4
9 5 4
J 7 6 5 3
7 5 3
  K J 9 8 5
K 7 6 2
8
K Q 10
 


 
  West North East South
  - - - 1S
  (2D) 4S (P) P
  (P)      

Two common methods to illustrate suit distribution are:
 

1.

4=5=3=1

Shows exactly 4 Spades, 5 Hearts, 3 Diamonds, 1 Club. Using equal signs, only suit length is given from highest (Spades) to lowest (Clubs).

2.

5-4-3-1

Shows a distribution of 5 cards in one suit, 4 cards in the second suit, 3 cards in the third suit, and 1 card in the fourth suit. Using dash symbols, suits are listed from longest to shortest suits.

 

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