Shape Training

Practice determining the shape of your hand at a glance

In ACOL Bridge, a balanced hand is one that has a distribution of cards that is roughly even, usually with no more than one or two cards difference between the length of the longest and shortest suit. A balanced hand typically has 4-3-3-3, 4-4-3-2 or 5-3-3-2 distribution.

An unbalanced hand, on the other hand, has a distribution of cards that is uneven, usually with a longer suit or suits than the others. An unbalanced hand can take many forms, such as a hand with a long major suit or a hand with a long minor suit.

You've been dealt the following hand. Is it Balanced or UnBalanced? Press the appropriate button below and click next for a new hand.