December 2016 English Bridge
2®-2t, 2™-3®, 6NT
A very greedy 6NT!! But six club tricks can be
counted, to go with two diamonds, one heart and
What about other bids after 2®-2t, ? Well all
other bids are natural and promise a 5+-card suit.
And responder does not have to bid 2t after a 2®
opening, but usually does unless holding a natural
Essentially Kokish is well ahead on the balanced
hands. It can fall slightly behind on the hands where
the bidding starts 2®-2t, 2™-? and opener actually
holds hearts, since it takes one further round of
uninformative bidding (2´) before opener starts
describing their hand. However in my experience
after 2®-2t, 2™ eight to nine times out of ten,
opener has the balanced type.
Kokish can also be fitted into a Benjy-Acol
structure. Here is an idea:
Opening 2NT=20-22 balanced, no 5-card suit
Opening 2® then bidding 2NT=23-24 balanced
Opening 2® then bidding 2™ followed by
2NT=20-22 balanced with a 5-card suit
Opening 2t then bidding 2NT=25+ balanced
This is only an idea, try using the principle of the
2-way 2™ bid to best suit your system and style.
Next time I'll give a suggestion on how to put 2®2t-3NT
to good use and some other ideas. r
´ A K J 2 ´ 7 6
™ J 7 3 ™ 9 2
t A K Q J t 9 7 2
® A 2 ® Q 8 7 5 4 3
´ A K Q 3 ´ 5 4
™ A 2 ™ 9 8 7
t A K 2 t 9 4
® K 10 3 2 ® A 9 7 6 5 4
2®-2t, 2™-2NT, 3®-Pass.
3® is a good contract, favourite to succeed. 2NT
(or 3NT) is very poor.