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Contract bridge is a trick-taking game that makes use of a normal deck of 52 cards. There are four players involved in a competing partnership of two. The partners sit across each other on the bridge table. The game is quite popular and is played by millions in clubs all across the globe. There are even tournaments both online and in the real world. Senior citizens are particularly known to favor the game. The legislating body of competitive contract bridge is the World Bridge Federation.

The game is composed of numerous deals, with every deal progressing through four stages - dealing of the cards, their bidding or auction, playing and scoring. But it isn't uncommon to come across matches involving a few variation of duplicate bridge where cards are only dealt once and the similar deal is played by at least two sets of players so scoring can be competitive.

In its very basic form, bridge is only played between four players who form two partnerships. Each player is assigned as north, south, east and west. South and north compete against west and east. In formal tournaments or during social gatherings, more players can join the game at the bridge table, depending on the specifications of the host. Basically, the competing sides bid in auction for a right to get a contract for that particular deal. The winning side is called the declaring side. Once the contract has been made, the game proceeds on the bridge table just like other trick-taking game until the entire 13 tricks are played. Depending on the actual amount of tricks that were taken, the declaring side either fails or completes the contract. If it was successful, it scores points, but the defending side gets the score if the contract was unfulfilled.

An important feature of bridge is vulnerability. During every deal, every side is either vulnerable or not, depending on whether it conquered a game during the present rubber. The side is vulnerable if it has won the game and it is not vulnerable if it hasn't. Both the points won and lost from the contract are drastically increased for the vulnerable team. Accordingly, being vulnerable or not affects the team's strategy for playing and bidding.

There are two very popular variants of the game: duplicate bridge and rubber bridge. Under these two variations are more numerous kinds of bridge. Rubber bridge involves two partnerships, with the main objective of scoring the highest points in playing several hands. Meanwhile, duplicate bridge is the main form of an advanced competitive bridge and is played socially. The cards of each player are preserved in order for the partnerships to play the similar set of hands as their counterparts. The scoring is performance-based and skill is an advantage over chance.

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