Social Lesson 1 – Major Suit Raises in Contract Bridge

As promised, we are beginning the new year with shorter, more frequent lessons for the social and advanced players.  Premium and ULTRA members are welcome to enjoy both lesson segments.

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In our social lesson, we discuss some of the nuances associated with major suit raises for our social contract Bridge players.  As you will recall, most opener and responder hands come in one of three sizes:  Minimum, Medium and Maximum.  Assuming the partnership at least a 5-3 or 4-4 fit between the opener and responder then…

Minimum: 12-15 points, Medium: 15-17 points, Maximum: 18/19-21 points

Minimum: 5/6-9 points, Medium: 10-12 points, Maximum 13+ points

Bidding generally goes:

Minimum + Minimum = stop in 2 of the major suit
Medium + Minimum = invite to 3 of the major suit but do not accept a 4 level game
Maximum + Maximum = force to at least 4 level major suit game

Even if you understand the basics, be sure to check out our topics on how counting can influence which way to take a finesse, suit quality, losing trick count, cover cards and more.
We hope you enjoy the show!

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Happy Trails,



  1. Jeannette says:

    What a great place to spend quality bridge time!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  2. Margaret Gregory says:

    Thank You I enjiy the lessons much more than the way you were submitting last year. I was ready to cancel but will now again be interested. Thanks

  3. BridgeHands says:
    Thank you Jeannette and Margaret – we are excited with our new Social and Advanced format that focus more on frequent video lessons instead of lengthy commentary. Already this format has been a big hit and we look forward producing other types of entertaining, enlightening and education videos in the future. Stay tuned…
    Happy Bridge Trails
  4. crus says:

    Very nice.

  5. Frank Zeis says:

    Nice lesson. Excellent card play technique explanation (declarer and defence)

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