BJ Bridge for Android

Bidding in the Auction

Touch one of the bidding cards from the central bidding box bid box to make a bid. The number is the bidding level. NT stands for a No trumps contract.
The yellow bar shows whose turn it is to play. (A red bar appears when it's BriJ's turn to bid).

Bidding "1♠" means that you reckon you can make 7 tricks with spades as trumps, bidding "2♠" means you can make 8 tricks in spades and so on. (If you jump a level you must first touch the  Stop  card. For example bidding 4♠ when the most recent bid is 1♠ requires the Stop card. Use the  Pass  card to say "No bid". BriJ has an option to make Stop cards optional.

You must alert partner's conventional bids by touching the  Alert  bidding card, although BriJ has an option to make Alert cards optional.
You can also use the bidding cards: Double   X  and Redouble  XX . More on this in BriJ conventions.

If you change your mind about a bidding card you have touched, slide your finger to one side before letting go. Alternatively use the UNDO button after you play a card in error.

Touch the hint tab to get help on what might be good to bid. You can take BriJ's advice (optionally by touching the (bid) link, or ignore it.

If you don't make a bid for a while, BriJ will show a "Did you know?" display.  This first hel screen is intended for absolute beginners, so don't be offended if you are an experienced player!
Use the Next tip button to look through more specific tips about the way BriJ works.

If you're really stuck and want to get on with playing the cards, just touch the Auto button in the Menu tab to let BriJ complete the bidding for you.

didYouKnow1At any time you can also touch any bidding card already on the table to see hints on what the bid means and why the bid was made. From the central hint display that appears, use the arrow keys to cycle through the other bids.

BriJ uses the ACOL system of bidding with some additional conventions including Benji Weak and Strong two openers. Here is the BriJ Convention Card.

As well as the conventional bids listed, BriJ knows about and uses standard techniques such as Reverses and Jump bids, Jump shifts, Weak Jump Overcalls, Doubles (negative or for takeout or penalty), Redoubles and Looking for NT contracts in the way that you'd expect.

Once there have been 3 passes, BriJ will invite you to start the playing phase of the gameendOfBidding. Alternatively you can rebid the same deal from the beginning, review all the bids or start bidding for a newly shuffled deal.


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