WEBB’S RULES: PLAYING BRIDGE
With 13 Points or more, open the bid;
Usually you’ll be glad you did.
Now pick the suit that is stronger;
Bid one with five cards or longer.
With a four card major, one club is best;
Knowing the rules, you won’t have to guess.
With sixteen to eighteen points, one no trump is ok;
With twenty-two points, two is what you say.
Now the opponent opens, which means trouble;
If my partner has an open bid, then he’ll double.
But if he doesn’t and has cards that are mixed;
Then he must pass with less points than six.
But if my partner’s count is six points to ten;
Then he can bid once but never again.
Now if he has eleven to twelve points, that’s nice;
For now he can bid not only once but twice.
If my partner has thirteen points, he’ll make game;
We must remember there’s no two hands the same.
Keep in mind it’s game that you’re going for;
With a major (heart or spade) the count is four.
Sometimes it’s good to keep the bidding alive;
For a minor (club or diamonds) the count is five.
But no trump (highest) is heavenly;
And you only need to bid to three.
Also note that the bidders are winners, so they say;
But I can tell you I haven’t always found it that way.