uBid Themes

uBid 2.0 has a great e-learning tool built in. Each hand belongs to a theme (opening bid) and a sub-theme (could be answers, overcalls, support doubles or other conventions after the opening bid). Next to bidding random hands you can also select one or more bidding theme(s) and sub-theme(s) you would like to focus on. While bidding you can ask for hints what to bid next and ask for explanations of partner’s bids. After the bidding is finished you’ll receive a scoring and get to see uBid’s suggested auction.

Depending on which plan you have got, you can practice basic, standard or advanced conventions.

  • uBasic: Is part of the uBid Classic plan and offers the possibility to practice basic conventions such as Stayman and Jacoby.
  • uStandard: Is part of uBid Plus and allows you to practice basic and standard conventions, such as Drury and Puppet Stayman.
  • uAdvanced: Is part of uBid Premium and offers you the possibility to enter and practice your own conventions. Moreover you will get access to bidding themes for advanced and expert players hand-picked and explained by an expert.
uBasic

uBasic is a system within uBid and a great bidding system, especially developed for bridge starters and players wanting to improve their elementary bidding. uBasic contains thousands of hands, especially developed for new players.

Each hand has been developed and commented by Saskia Hermans, a bridge teacher from the Netherlands. Each comment exists of a hint, which can be asked for before submitting a bid and an explanation that can be shown after a bid is made. The comment is based on the bidding system that is popular under Dutch bridge teachers, based on 4-card major and strong 2. Of course the hands can be as easily bid by students, learning a different bidding system.

Saskia Hermans is a Dutch bridge teacher who strongly beliefs in an e-learning path next to regular classes. She sees the students practicing regularly on uBid, improving quickly on their bidding.
uBasic
Themes
Sub Themes
Status
1 NT (15-17 HCP)
15-17 HCP
Balanced hand
Jacoby transfer
At least 5-crd major, even without any points. In the next bid you can describe your hand more precisely.
Stayman
At least 8-9 HCP
1 or 2 4-crds major
1 NT opener will bid his lowest 4-crd major at 2 level or 2 dia if he hasn’t got any
Limit raise
No 4-crd major
At least 8-9 HCP
Available now
2 NT (20-22 HCP)
20-22 HCP, balanced hand:
– No void (suit without any cards)
– No singleton (only 1 card in 1 suit)
– At most 1 doubleton (2 cards in a suit)
– Shape 4-3-3-3 / 4-4-3-2 / 5-3-3-2
Jacoby transfer
At least 5-crd major, even without any points. In the next bid you can describe your hand more precisely.
Stayman
At least 3-4 HCP
1 or 2 4-crds major
1 NT opener will bid his lowest 4-crd major at 2 level or 2 dia if he hasn’t got any
Limit raise
No 4-crd major
At least 3-4 HCP
Available now
2 Clu – 2 NT rebid (23+ HCP)
At least 23 HCP, balanced hand:
– No void (suit without any cards)
– No singleton (only 1 card in 1 suit)
– At most 1 doubleton (2 cards in a suit)
– Shape 4-3-3-3 / 4-4-3-2 / 5-3-3-2
Jacoby transfer
At least 5-crd major, even without any points. In the next bid you can describe your hand more precisely.
Stayman
1 or 2 4-crds major
1 NT opener will bid his lowest 4-crd major at 2 level or 2 dia if he hasn’t got any
Limit raise
No 4-crd major
Available now
1 in a suit
13 – 19 HCP, no 1 NT opening (15-17 HCP, balanced)
Longest suit first
From 2 5- or 6-cards higher ranking suit first
From 2 or 3 4-cards lower ranking suit first
Limit raise
Support for opener’s suit or NT-response
After the response: opener passes, invites or bids game
Other responses (new suit)
At least 6 HCP required to bid a new suit at 1-level
At least 10 HCP required to bid a new suit at 2-level (without a jump)
Response with jump: one suiter, at least a good 6-crd and at least opening values
After the response: opener will have found a fit in the responders suit or otherwise bid NT
Simple rebid opener
To show distribution, rather than strength
Opener has a 6-crd and a weak opening
Opener has a 5-4-shape and is not game forcing
Opener has only 1 suit to bid and a balanced hand
Rebid opener (2)
To show distribution and strength. After the rebid of the opener, the responder passes, invites or bids game
Rebid responder
At least 5-crd major, even without any points. In the next bid you can describe your hand more precisely.
Available now
Strong opening bids
All opening bids, too strong to open at 1-level
at least 20 HCP or at least 8 tricks
Strong opening bids (SMF)
20-22 HCP (not balanced) or at least 8 playing tricks
Response:
– Pass if you have absolutely nothing
– Bid 3 with a few trumps and 1 trick or 4 with 1 few trumps and 2 tricks
– Bid your own suit if you have at least 8p and a good 5-crd
– Otherwise bid 2 NT so your partner can describe his hand more precisely
Very strong opening bids (MF)
at least 23 HCP (not balanced) or at least 10 playing tricks
Response:
– Bid your own suit if you have at least 8p and a good 5-crd
– Bid 2 Dia in all other cases so your partner can describe his hand first
Available now
Competitive bidding
Opponents are bidding as well
Take out double
At least 3 cards in each suit except for the opening suit
Overcall
At least a good 5-crd and 6-15 HCP
Further bidding after intervention
If you are not hindered by, bid as if there wasn’t any intervention
Bid NT with a stop in the suit of the opponents
Otherwise pass
Available now
Preemptive opening bid
Preemptive opening bid
6-10 HCP
At least 7-crd
Further bidding: “common sense”
Available now
Slam bidding In progress
Migrating from 4-crd to 5-crd major opening  In progress
uStandard
uStandard is based on a modern bidding system and is perfectly suited for people that are playing bridge for a while. It is based on 5 card major, 15-17 NT but you can practice with it even if you are playing another system. After each board you will get a scoring (0-3 stars). All boards including the results, suggested auctions, hints, explanations are developed by Berend van den Bos, a bridge expert from the Netherlands.
BerendvdBosBerend van den Bos is member of the Dutch Open Bridge Team and became Youth World Champion in 2011 and 2012. He’s a fan of modern bidding and developed uStandard accordingly.
uStandard (tap/click to open)
Themes Sub Themes Status
3M opening Slam interest Available now
1M vs. 4M opening Fit in other Major Available now
Opponents open 4M or 5m How to bid Available now
2NT opening Slam interest,
Breaking the Transfer
Available now
Opponents open 1M Slam interest,
Balancing,
Partscore,
Invite,
2m overcall
Available now
Opponents open Weak 3 Slam interest,
Leaping Michaels,
5 level decision,
Partscore,
When 3NT is an option,
Take-out double
Available now
Opponents open 1m Two suiter Available now
1NT opening Splinter,
5-5 majors invite,
invite,
Transfer,
Slam interest
Available now
2C opening 2NT second negative,
Puppet Stayman,
Transfer
Available now
1m opening Reverse,
Slam interest,
2NT invitational,
Splinter,
3NT with majorfit,
3NT in the right hand,
2NT rebid,
Saving,
3m rebid,
Passed Partner
Available now
1M opening 1NT response,
Drury,
Opponent bids in sandwich,
Opponents overcall,
Game,
invite,
Splinter
Available now
Opponents open Weak 2 Take-out double,
Opponents support each other,
No game interest,
Leaping Michaels
Available now
Weak 2 No game interest,
Slam interest
Available now

 

uAdvanced
uAdvanced (tap/click to open)
Themes Sub Themes Status
Rodwell Mixed Raises Available now
Rodwell Serious 3NT Available now
Rodwell Cappelletti Available now
Rodwell Last Train Available now
Rodwell Support Doubles and Redoubles Available now
Rodwell New Minor Forcing (2-way) Available now
Rodwell Inverted Minors Available now
Rodwell Roman Keycard Available now