How to Make a Two Table Progressive Bridge Tally

By Matt Scheer ; Updated April 12, 2017

A tally is a scoring pad that players use in progressive bridge games, which can become quite complex because players move to different tables after a few rounds of play. The good news is that tallies are standardized for different table numbers, so all two-table progressive bridge parties have the same numbers and setups on their tally scoring cards. You don't have to be a graphic-design genius to make a useful tally card. And with a bit of flare, your tally cards can stand out at the bridge party.

Open your graphic editing software, such as GIMP, Painter, InDesign or Illustrator. A word editor works, too, such as OpenOffice or Microsoft Word, but check that you can make tables in your word editor. Use paper, pencil and a ruler if you don't have any graphics editing software or aren't familiar with text editors.

Create a table with four columns. Title the first column "Round number"; the second column "Table 1"; the third column "Table 2"; and the fourth column "Score."

Add seven rows to your table for the seven rounds of play.

Type or write in the trick declarations for the first table for all seven rows. The trick declarations for the first table are: Round 1: (1 – 6), (2 – 5) Round 2: (2 – 3), (5 – 8) Round 3: (1 – 8), (3 – 6) Round 4: (1 – 2), (3 – 4) Round 5: (1 – 7), (2 – 8) Round 6: (2 – 6), (3 – 7) Round 7: (2 – 4), (6 – 8)

Type or write in the trick declarations for the second table, which are: Round 1: (3 – 8), (4 – 7) Round 2: (1 – 4), (6 – 7) Round 3: (2 – 7), (4 – 5 ) Round 4: (5 – 6), (7 – 8) Round 5: (3 – 5), (4 – 6) Round 6: (1 – 5), (4 – 8) Round 7: (1 – 3), (5 – 7)

Save the file if you are creating your tally sheet on the computer. Print out or make as many copies as you need for your party games. Laminate each tally so that you can reuse it. Use your own laminator or go to a print store and have them do it for you.

Things Needed

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Graphic editing software (optional)
  • Printer (optional)
  • Laminator (optional)

Tip

Add your own unique images or decorations to your tally before you copy or print it to make it look unique.

About the Author

Matt Scheer began writing professionally in 2005. His work has appeared in "The Daily Texan" and "The New York Tribune." Scheer holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in history, both from the University of Texas. He is also a certified Yoga teacher and Web designer.