How Well do You Know SAYC?

SAYC is the most commonly played bridge bidding system in the world. Routinely, two players sit down and agree to play "SAYC" without realizing what they've gotten themselves into! Many assume that SAYC is synonymous with "Standard American". In fact, Standard American is a family of systems which includes, among other variants, Goren, SARC (Standard American Rainbow Card), SAYC and older incarnations of Bridge World Standard. In fact, SAYC is a specific system designed for the ACBL in 1985 (rewritten in 1988) by bridge author Mark London.

The following ten questions will test your knowledge of SAYC basics and, in some cases, eccentricities. Be careful here; some of the answers to these questions may surprise you!

First Name:

Last Name:

OKBridge Username:

I have been playing bridge for:

Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
5 or more years

Skill level:

SAYC Quiz Questions

A Note on Nomenclature

Bids in uninterrupted auctions are separated by colons, while those in contested auctions are separated by hyphens.


1C : 1D : 1H

...means that Opener rebid 1H over a 1D response with the opponents passing throughout. One the other hand:

1C - 1D - 1H

...means that Responder bid a free 1H over RHO's 1D overcall.

#1. After we overcall their 1H with 1NT in SAYC:

System is off.
System is on.
Stayman is on, Transfers are off.
None of the above.

#2. A limit raise (e.g. 1S : 3S) in SAYC shows:

3 or more trumps.
4 or more trumps.

#3. A negative double followed by a new suit below game
by Responder (e.g. 1C - 1H - Dble - Pass - 2C - Pass - 2D)
in SAYC is:


#4. After 1NT:2S in SAYC:

2NT shows superior Diamonds to Clubs.
3C by Opener is forced.

#5. A 1NT response to 1H or 1S in SAYC promises:

6-10 points. A 2-over-1 response promises 11+ points.
6-9 points. A 2-over-1 response promises 10+ points.

#6. 1S : 2H : 3H in SAYC is:


#7. Opposite a 3NT opening (25-27 points, flat) 4C in SAYC is:


#8. 2NT in the balancing seat
(e.g. 1H - Pass - Pass - 2NT) in SAYC promises:

The minors.
18-20 HCPs, balanced.
19-21 HCPs, balanced.
20-22 HCPs, balanced.

#9. A cuebid in the balancing seat
(e.g. 1H - Pass - Pass - 2H) in SAYC is:

Strong takeout. Ideally, 4-4-4-1 short in their suit.
Strong takeout, void in their suit.
Michaels (Spades and a minor).

#10. Opposite Partner's takeout double 1NT
(e.g. 1H - Dble - Pass - 1NT) by Advancer in SAYC shows:

6-10 HCPs.
8-10 HCPs.


Your Email Address:

Results will be emailed to you.

Fireside IMP League Registration Site
Click here to go to the Firesides IMP League Registration Site to join the Fireside IMP League.
Colin's Tutoring Web Site
Click here to go to Kaltica's Tutoring Web site for articles, lessons and schedules for online bridge tutoring forums.
Lessons Site
Click here to go to the Lessons Site to get Rainbow (SAYC), Kaleidoscope and Spectrum Lessons emailed to you.
Take our SARC Test
Click here to try our Standard American Rainbow Card Test. You may wish to read the SARC system notes first, though.
Take our 2/1-GF Spectrum Test
Click here to try our 2-over-1 Game Forcing Spectrum Test. You may wish to read the 2/1-GF-Spectrum system notes first, though.
Take our Bidding Test
Click here to try our Bidding Test. This quiz tests your general knowledge of bridge bidding standards.
The Stayman Quiz Site
You're kidding, right? A test on Stayman? You bet! Click here to go to The Stayman Quiz Site. 6 out of 10 will be a good score.
Some Neat Hands
This site has some interesting and/or entertaining hands, mostly from online tourney play.
OKBridge Web Site
CLICK HERE to go to the OKBridge Web site for information on downloading and using OKBridge.
Pictures from the 1999 Boston Fall Nationals
Click HERE to see Moogal's pictures of some of the Firesiders at the 1999 Fall Nationals in Boston.
The Fifth Chair Mentoring Program
This fine organization, run by Marcia "tarsh" West, arranges mentors for those who can't afford professional tutoring.
Colin Ward's Bridge Page
This bridge web page's technical and humour articles will appeal to the intermediate and experienced player.
Reports From Vancouver
Colin's reports from the 1999 Spring Nationals in Vancouver.
Links to Other Bridge Pages
The Canadian Bridge Federation has one of the internet's most interesting and comprehensive lists of bridge links.
Baron Barclay's Bridge Supplies
CLICK HERE if you'd like to order bridge books or supplies from Baron Barclay's, the largest source on the internet.
Sid and Abby's Bridge Site
Click HERE to go to the Sid and Abby's Site to see their "Hand of the Week" in "bridge movie" format.
Space Cadets' Home Page
Here you can spend weeks reading the hand records and instructive comments intended for the bridge neophyte.
SAYC Simplified by Waynef and Ana
This site by Anna "Ana" Marsh and Wayne "waynef" Flourney is a good source for learning SAYC.
Colin's Personal (Non-Bridge) Web Page
If tired of bridge (heresy, yes, but it happens) you may wish to switch to Acquire, poetry, gardening, music or literature.

You are visitor #

since June 28th, 2009.