The basic aim of Pirate bridge is to correctly predict how many tricks will be played, and hence win two games, that comprise a total rubber. The number one point from each game is deducted from the total amount of points, as determined by the rules for the game, and the remaining points are subtracted from that total sum. There are a maximum number of points that can be accumulated, with a maximum total amount of the total points in the rubber being earned. The person who wins the most points is declared the winner.
As well as the winner being declared, the top ten players who play contract bridge have been placed in a tie for second place. The winner of each game will now have to take a contract from the hand of the player who is standing at the table opposite them. When the contract has been taken, this player may either call or re-raise, and they are also entitled to a deal.
Players should try to determine which cards can be dealt with first, before attempting to make a deal. They should then choose which cards should be dealt with last, and so on, until the last card has been dealt. The first player should always be dealt with first, while the second player should deal with the third, fourth and fifth card. When all of the cards are dealt, the dealer should look through them and make a note of any of the three cards that can be played for free, or any other card that can be played for a single point.
The last piece of information relating to the hand and deals is the number of cards left to be dealt, which is also known as the ‘deal limit’. The more cards left, the more money left available. It is important to note that the longer the duration of the contract, the less money is available to be made from a deal. The time limit may vary, depending upon the rules of the game and the type of game. The number of minutes that remain in the contract will also vary, and are also dependent upon the type of game being played and the contract that has been made.
In addition to being the most complex of the games to play, contract bridge also involves the largest amount of skill that must be applied. Many skills must be mastered and kept under control during the course of the game. One of the most basic skills required to play is the ability to judge the condition of the other players and to judge the condition of the other players’ cards. If a player is dealt an excellent hand and the cards are in good condition, it is quite possible to increase his or her chances of winning, whilst reducing the chances of losing.
Most of the time, the rules for contract bridge have been developed to encourage both people to play in teams, and not to play alone. Although this option is available, the player who plays alone usually has a greater chance of winning. There is a greater possibility that he or she may lose more games than the other player, especially when the game is played with a group of players who know the other players well and therefore can anticipate what each other’s intentions are. This means that when the time limit expires on the contract and a contract is taken out, it is generally in favour of the player who plays alone.