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Contract bridge diagram

The diagram is typical of that used to illustrate a deal of 52 cards in four hands in the game of contract bridge. Each hand is designated by a point on the compass and so North-South are partners against East-West.

Suit features include:

The full deal diagram is usually drawn with North at the top, with the other hands following their normal compass orientation. For convenience and consistency, South is usually declarer, so that the reader can see the hand as if playing it; exceptions to this rule can occur when reporting deals from actual matches, but even then the players' seats are often rotated to follow this convention.

The diagram may include additional information such as deal or board number, scoring method (Matchpoints, IMPs, etc.), the final contract, vulnerability and the opening lead.


Board 1
South in 4 
Not vulnerable
9 7 4
A 6 2
A 10 4
J 9 6 5
10 6

W               E

Q 9 5
Q 9 8 5 3 K 4
Q J 9 8 6 2 K 7 5
- Q 10 7 3 2
Lead: Q A K J 3 2
J 10 4
A K 8 4

Diagram variants may leave out one or more hands if irrelevant to the presentation. Partially played hands may be displayed to illustrate end-position play.