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For criticism see Criticism of Nottingham club

The Nottingham club, or just "Nottingham" for short, is a bidding system in bridge. It originated in the 1930s and is still played in Nottingham and elsewhere in England. It is perhaps the simplest of all systems.

According to G. C. H. Fox, Mrs Margery Burns invented the system. She makes no such claim in her book describing the system, first published in 1954. Revised editions appeared in 1958 and 1969. In 1980, William Simpson published The Revised Nottingham Club Bridge Bidding System. The current description on the Nottingham Bridge Club's website is presumably based on this, as it has a similar heading. The description here is based on that website, with further details added from Mrs Burns' book.

  • opening 1♣: 16-21 or more high card points, any distribution, forcing for 1 round
    • 1♦ is the negative response, up to a poor 8 points
    • good 8 to 11 points: 1 of a major or 2 of a minor with a (good) 5-card suit; else 1NT
    • 12+: 2 of a major or 3 of a minor with a 5-card suit; else 2NT
  • opening 1♦: either 12-15 points and a diamond suit (usually at least 5) or else 12-13 balanced
    • pass with under 5 points
    • 5-9: 1 of a (good) 5-card major; else 1NT
    • 2♣: Stayman, 10+
    • 2 of another suit: 10-11, 5-card suit
    • 2NT: 12 points, no 5-card major
    • 3 of a suit: 12+, forcing to game
    • 3NT: 13-19 balnced
  • 1 of a major: 12-15 and usually a 5-card suit
    • raise with 3-card support: to 2 with 6-9, 3 with 10-11, 4 with 12-15
    • change suit with 5-cards, 8-11
    • 1NT 8-11, lacking support
    • jump change of suit 12+ forcing to game
  • 1NT: 14-15 balanced
  • 2♣: 14-15, 6-card or good 5-card suit
  • 2♦: 22+, any distribution
  • 2 of a major: 6-10, good 6-card suit
  • 2NT: 20-21
  • 3 of a suit: less than 10 points, 7-card suit
  • 4 of a suit: 10 points, 8-card suit
  • In slam bidding, either Blackwood or Culbertson 4-5 NT is used, along with the grand slam force.
  • In defence against opponents' opening bids, takeout doubles are strong, roughly equivalent to 1♣ opening.
  • 1NT overall may be optionally used as a weak takeout double.

External links

Suggested reading

  • Margery Burns, The Nottingham Club System of Contract Bridge: 1st edition 1954; 2nd edition 1958; 3rd edition 1970
  • G. C. H. Fox, Modern Bidding Systems in Bridge
  • L. William Simpson, The Revised Nottingham Club Bridge Bidding System, 1980