April 2016 English Bridge
hand also has two aces and two kings, very crisp in
terms of controls. A 3® bid will encourage partner
to bid on, though he can pass on poor hands.
Hand 3 has the strength and the suit to bid 3t but
6-4 hands should try and show their second suit
unless it is really unpalatable. It's true that bidding
2® might occasionally lead to the wrong part-score
when partner leaves you there, but it will normally
lead to the right game when partner has enough to
bid on. In particular you will be able to bid
diamonds again to show 6-4 and the heart weakness
should come to light.
Hand 4 has the strength to bid 3® but the suit is
awful. It will mislead partner to state you have seven
tricks with clubs when in fact your hand is
composed of stoppers and tenaces and a poor
anchor suit. The best rebid is 1NT (15-17) to make
sure all of those honours are led round to.
Hand 5 is a very strong hand, close to an Acol two
from days gone by. The fact it is 7-3-3-0 rather than
6-3-3-1 is almost certainly worth another trick, and
the danger of rebidding just 3t is that partner will
pass, not appreciating what an amazing collection
you actually have.
Give him a modest hand such as
´ K J 9 7 2 ™ Q 7 3 t 6 5 ® 7 5 4
And he should pass 3t, when in fact 6´ has a
play! (Not much of one on a club lead, but it's of
little compensation when you're in a part-score)
The hand should force to game and make sure
you get the most of its assets. Having said that . . .
what to rebid?
There is a simple solution
and that is to rebid 2™ as a
reverse. You might be shocked
and appalled that I am
suggesting that a three card suit provides the bid but
look at the advantages:
• 2™ is forcing
• It shows at least five diamonds
• You will quickly find out if you and partner
have an eight card fit - in spades.
The last point is subtle but helpful. If partner
raises hearts then he will have four cards, and thus
he will have five spades - holding 4-4 in the majors
partner must respond 1™ to 1t not 1´.
And, however many hearts he raises you to, you
can always put him back to spades!
Note that the bid of 2™ is not a 'psyche', it is a
simple natural bid showing a heart suit. The fact
that your suit is only three cards in length is nothing
to be ashamed of - Acol was built on the
foundations of bidding length and strength and
exploring hands naturally. This is what you are
doing. If when your dummy goes down you get
disapproving looks from your opponents, simply hand
them this article and then send them to me.
´ A Q 3
™ K J 4
t A K J 9 7 3 2
The dos and don'ts of opener's rebid
• look carefully at every aspect of your
hand, both the points and the shape.
• make sure you consider whether or not
your bid is forcing. If you don't want
partner to pass then don't rebid your
• be afraid to bid a three card suit if it is
the best description of your hand.
• worry about bidding no trumps on
6-3-2-2 if the points are mostly outside
your long suit. r
DISCIPLINARY HEARING HELD
A DISCIPLINARY hearing was held recently to
consider the charge that Mrs N Bainbridge,
from Rugby Village Club, knowingly used the
facility provided by the National Grading
Scheme to opt out of certain sessions after the
event had taken place. Mrs Bainbridge admitted
the fact that she had done this to an EBU Board
member at a meeting where other county
representatives were present.
The charge was admitted by the defendant
and the disciplinary committee accepted the
plea. It was decided to issue a reprimand to Mrs
Bainbridge based on the belief that there was no
dishonest intent and on the mitigation put
forward. The Disciplinary Committee wished
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