2®/2t = Natural and forcing for one round
(note: after the double these bids are
no longer game forcing).
2™ = Weak raise, usually three trumps
2´/3®/3t = Fit-showing jumps.
2NT = Good raise: four trumps, 9+ HCP.
3™ = Weakish raise, at least four trumps.
N.B. There is plenty of room for individual part ner ships
to develop their own ideas here. Most part ic ularly,
adopting the use of transfer responses has an
awful lot to recommend it. The following scheme
illustrates the method. After partner's opening of
1™ has been doubled:
1NT = Transfer to clubs (initially assume a 'weak
two type hand', i.e. six clubs and 4-9 HCP).
This does not promise another bid unless
2® = Transfer to diamonds (same as with the
2t = Shows a good raise to at least 2™, threecard
support and a good 9+ HCP.
2™ = Shows a weaker raise, typically with threecard
support and 5-8 HCP.
Similarly, if partner opens 1´ and the next hand
1NT = As above (transfer to clubs).
2® = As above (transfer to diamonds).
2t = Transfer to hearts Again, the hand does
not have to be strong; it could be weak
with a six-card suit. You gain much space
by being able to start both weak and
stronger auctions with the same bid here.
2™ = Good spade raise.
2´ = Weak spade raise.
This method is just food for thought for aspiring
partnerships. I thought I would pop it in here to
give you some ideas for partnership development.
b) The Opponents Overcall
A bid of a new suit is now natural and forcing,
but again not to game. You might like to
check back to Part V in this series (October
2014 issue, page 70) for details.
Let's see a variety of hands in action via a quiz.
Quiz for 2-over-1 Auctions
A. You Partner
B. You Partner
C. You Partner
D. You Partner
A. You Opp1 Partner
1´ 2t 3®
Opp2 passes. Your bid?
B. You Partner
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´ 5 2
™ A 7 4
t K 2
® A Q J 6 5 3
´ K Q J 8 3 2
™ A 5
t A 9 2
® 5 3