Hand Valuation Practice
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Hands (seconds allowed) : 30 | 25 | 20 | 15 | 10 |

These exercises are aimed to improve efficiency and speed in disciplined thinking when valuating your hand.
Within the allotted time you need to decide on the following hand valuation elements :
  1. High Card Points*
  2. Losing Trick Count*
  3. Can you open the bidding : 'Yes' or 'No'
  4. Can you Respond to Partner's Opening : 'Yes' or 'No'
  5. Can you make and Overcall : 'Yes' or 'No'
  6. Can you make a Take-out Double : 'Yes' or 'No'

    * Prefer to count HCP and LTC, rather than HCP + Length points

10 Seconds Pass rule
The Dealer for each Deal will ask whether all players have had sufficient time to evaluate their hand.
After all 3 players at the table have affirmed this the Dealer starts the auction period, Each following player is allowed 10 seconds to pass.

The 10 seconds Pass rule applies to the first bid each player makes, be it an Opening, Response, Overcall or Take-out Double.
(Any positive bid may take longer.)

A Pass made after the 10 seconds deadline will be an illegal bid #.
The Offender and his/her Partner are from then on not permitted to make any other bid than Pass.
The Opposing side may bid on as normal, unhindered by interference.

Rule Enforcement
The 10 seconds pass rule will be applied as from Tuesday May 2.
The Dealer of each deal will be in charge and responsible for reporting any lengthy pass to the Director immediately after its occurrence.
The Director will make the final decision on this.

When taking too long to think and then finally pass tells your Partner you have close to Opening hand (or Take out double) values. This is not allowed in Duplicate bridge.
Bidding must proceed in a smooth regular tempo from one player to the next.
We will enforce this in our Bridge Club for the first bid each player makes.

Novices with less than 6 months experience are exempted from this rule.