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Bridge can be as bad as NASA for confusing acronyms and lingo! Welcome to the Jargon Jungle - a glossary of bridge terms designed to help you hack your way through to a better understanding of the game of bridge. Just click on the first letter of the word you wish to find! Each letter of the alphabet reloads the page.
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False Card: The deceptive play of a card. Playing a
different card than the one expected in order to deceive opponents. It can
be as simple as playing the 5 from 654 (instead of the 4) or playing the Q
from QT (instead of the ten), or ducking the king when you have the
opportunity to win with it. This is one of the most fascinating and
enjoyable parts of advanced play.
In the ACBL, "flighted" has a more specific meaning. A pair/team who achieves an overall placing in a higher-ranked flight is awarded master-points according to the total number of pairs/teams in that flight AND any lower flights.
Supposedly, a flighted game benefits the experts by
assuming they can beat the novices and granting them the points for doing so
without requiring them to prove it. (For example, if there are 20 pairs in
the open game, 20 in the 0-1000 game, 20 in the 0-300 game, 20 in the 0-100
game and 10 in the 0-20 game, and the first three of these are designated as
flights A/B/C but the 0-100 game and 0-20 game are NOT included in the
flighting, then the first-place pair in flight A gets masterpoints based on
a field size of 60 pairs, not 20 or 90.)
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