Contract Types in Bridge

Are you in Slam or not!?

If you’ve looked at the Lesson on Scoring, you will have seen it refers to types of contract. The score you receive relies on the type of contract you are in. There are essentially three Types of Contract:

  • Part Game (sometimes called Part Score)
  • Game Contracts
  • Slam Contract (Small and Grand Slams)

With Part Game, Game and Small Slam contracts you can also make ‘overtricks’. These are tricks taken over and above the number required to make the contract.

Types of Contract – tricks bid and made

1 1 1 1 1NT
2 2 2 2 2NT
3 3 3 3 3NT
4 4 4 4 4NT
5 5 5 5 5NT
6 6 6 6 6NT
7 7 7 7 7NT
Part Game
Game with Overtricks
Small Slam
Grand Slam

As you will have seen in the Scoring Lesson, the Bonus points you make depends on the Type of Contract you are in and whether you are Vulnerable or not (see also Lesson on Vulnerability) . In summary these are:

Type of Contract

Non Vulnerable


Part Game/Score

50 pts


Game Contracts

300 pts

500 pts

Small Slam

500 pts

750 pts

Grand Slam

1000 pts

1500 pts

Remember that you have to bid and make the requisite number of tricks to gain these Bonus Points. If you are for example in a Contract of 2NT and you make nine tricks ( the same number needed to make 3NT), you still score the Part Game Bonus of 50 pts!