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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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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z

No Trump (NT): A contract played in No Trump means that no suit is Trump. The highest card in any suit played takes the trick.

1NT Forcing: A bid associated with 2/1 Game Force and used to describe a wide variety of hands where a pass of partner's opening bid is not an option and responder does not have the values to force to game. Generally opener responds by bidding his longer minor suit, rebidding opening suit (with 6 or more), bidding other major (to rebid 2S, after opening 1H, requires extra values), or raising 1NT (2NT would show 17-18 HCP, 3NT would show 19-20 HCP). Some play 1NT forcing in all seats, others play that it can be passed if in 3rd or 4th seat when a sub-par hand has been opened.

Namyats: Called South African Texas opening in some places. 4C is a strong pre-empt of 4H, 4D is a strong pre-empt of 4S. That way 4H and 4S deny significant defense and it takes quite a lot to make slam opposite.

New Minor Forcing (NMF): New minor forcing is when your side has opened one of minor, responded 1 of major, and then 1NT - at this point a bid of the other minor is artificial. It asks partner (opener) to describe his hand more clearly. With other major (hearts in1C-1S-1NT-2D) he bids 2H; with 3 card support of spades hebids 2S (min) or 3S (max); otherwise can rebid minor or bid NT.
 

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