TEAM - OF - 4

 INTRO Most of us are familiar with Bridge being played by "teams of 2"; that is, two people on one team versus two people on another team. But there is a way of playing Bridge with four people on one team. Obviously they will not be playing against each other. Then how is this done?         One Team-of-4 will have to play against another team of 4. That is done by having half of one team (2 people) play against half of another team (2 people). Let's say TEAM X (4 people) is playing against TEAM Y (4 people). At TABLE 1, half of TEAM X will sit N/S, playing against half of TEAM Y sitting E/W. And at TABLE 2, the other half of TEAM X will sit E/W, playing against the other half of TEAM Y sitting N/S. See figure 12. Each team plays the same hand from both directions; one half sitting N/S and the other half sitting E/W.         The tables are set, half of one team playing against half of the other team. But how is the scoring done? Simple; after the hand (or hands) the SCORES from each table are compared.  EXAMPLES: See figure 13.         Hand 1.TEAM X at TABLE 1 bids 3 \$ and makes 4 for a SCORE of 170. TEAM Y plays this hand at a later date (hopefully within the hour) at TABLE 2, and also bids 3 \$, but makes only 3 for a SCORE of 140. The SCORES of the hands are compared: TEAM X won this board by a SCORE of 30 points (170 -140).         Hand 2.TEAM Y at TABLE 1 bids 3 ! making 3 (for a SCORE of 140); and TEAM X at TABLE 2 also bids 3 ! and makes 3 (for a SCORE of 140). The  SCORES of the hands are compared: both teams made the same amount and there is a tie or a push.          Hand 3. TEAM X at TABLE 1 bids 2 No Trump and makes 4 for a SCORE of 180 points, and TEAM X at TABLE 2  set TEAM Y one trick at 3 # for a SCORE of 100 points. The SCORES of the hands are compared:  TEAM X made 180 + 100 or 280 points.          To compare SCORES E/W players on both teams must return with a copy of the SCORES to their home table (where their N/S partners are sitting).