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38 English Bridge February 2016 www.ebu.co.uk

Hand 4 Hand 5

´ A Q 4 3 ´ A 6 5 3 2

™ K 8 7 ™ K 8 7 2

t 4 3 2 t 5 4 3

® J 8 4 ® J

IN LAST month's article we were considering which

suit to respond when your partner opens the

bidding. Sometimes you should respond in a major

suit, sometimes in a minor suit. The key to having a

smooth and confident auction is to consider how

the rest of the auction will continue, concentrating

on both the initial call and your rebid.

Changing the suit

Let's take a typical start to the auction:

West North East South

1® - 1´ -

2® - ?

You have the following hands:

The first thing to decide is what strength the hands

fall into. Generally when your partner rebids his suit

you should pass on poor hands, even if they lack

support.

Hand 5 is a case in point - whilst it is possible that

you have a 5-3 spade fit or a 4-4 heart fit (partner

might have rebid 2® with five clubs and four hearts,

lacking the strength to reverse), it is inviting trouble

to bid on. Passing looks best, as even a 5-1 club fit

will not be the end of the world. It is worth noting

that partner should never rebid a five card club suit

if he is shapely with three spades, those hands

should raise to 2´.

Hands 2 and 4 are invitational in strength, they

want to invite game. Hand 4 has an easy raise to 3®.

Whilst it's true your likely game (if you have one) is

3NT, to bid 2NT will leave you in the wrong partscore

if partner passes. 3® will end the auction if

partner is minimum, but if he is maximum he can

bid again, either 3™ to show strength, 3´� to show

support (both of which will see us play in clubs) or

3t over which we can try 3NT.

Hand 2 should bid 2™, forcing for one round. If

partner gives simple preference to spades or rebids

clubs we can pass, while if he raises hearts or jumps

to 3´� to show six clubs and three spades and a non

minimum hand then we can go on to game.

Hands 1 and 3 are game-forcing hands. On the

first, 3NT is the bid - don't think for a moment

about only bidding 2NT. You hold two honours in

partner's suit as well as a full stopper in both of the

unbid suits. There is no need to consult partner. If

he has either modest clubs and a stronger hand, or

a minimum hand with good clubs you will have a

play for game.

Hand 3 may well end up in 3NT but there is no

need to rush. Your priority (as ever) is to locate a

major suit fit. Many people would jump to 3™, but

that is too space consuming. A change of suit is

forcing for one round so 2™ is your best bet. A

major suit fit will soon come to light or no trumps

can be located.

Now let's give you a really tough hand to bid,

again after the same start of 1® - 1´� - 2®:

This is the sort that teachers dread their beginners

picking up, for there is only one answer that does

not always sit well with those that like simple rules.

First let's consider some candidates before

dismissing them. A raise to 3® shows your support,

but partner can (and often will) pass it. A bid of 2´�

´ A K J 8 5

™ 6 5

t A J 3

® 8 6 5

Hand 1 Hand 2 Hand 3

´ A Q 3 2 ´ A Q 9 4 3 ´ A K J 8 3

™ K 8 7 ™ K 8 7 2 ™ A Q 10 8

t Q 10 2 t 9 2 t Q 6 4

® J 10 4 ® J 10 ® 6

Responder's rebid by Michael Byrne

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