Club Player’s IN A NUTSHELL
by Jeremy Dhondy
Bidding THE STOP PROCEDURE
Why must I use the stop procedure?
It’s a good way of removing some forms
Quiz of unauthorised information. If you bid
or pass very quickly over a pre-empt, for
example, it can indicate to partner that
you have no problem whereas a slow
action reveals you had choices. An even
tempo helps in this process.
Julian Pottage Answers to problems Must I use the stop procedure?
on page 21 Yes. It is part of the regulations. See Law
73A2 and Orange Book 7B4, 7B5, 7B6.
What must I do?
Before making a jump bid (i.e. a bid at a
W N E S W N E S
higher level than the minimum re-
Hand 1 1´ Hand 4 Pass Pass 1t Pass
quired), a player must place the Stop
´ 10 8 6 ? ´7632 1™ Pass 3t Pass
card in front of him, then place his call as
™ A K 10 8 5 4 ™ A K 10 9 8 ?
usual, and eventually remove the Stop
t7 2™. You have a good six- tJ9 card. If it is a jump bid, it applies at all
®Q74 card suit, which you may ®QJ 3™. Bidding 3NT with - levels. If it is not a jump bid, it never
not get the chance to out a proper stopper in applies.
show if you do not bid it either unbid suit would How long must the stop card remain on
now. When it comes to a two-level be rash. The strength of your heart suit the table?
overcall, having a sixth card in your suit suggests that 4™ may be the right contract. Approximately ten seconds.
makes a big difference. Your overcall stops If you play weak twos, partner will not
What are the obligations of my left
North from responding 1NT or two of a place you with a six-card suit in view of
minor as well as suggesting a reasonable your pass as dealer. He should not call until the stop card is
lead should North become declarer. removed or until about ten seconds have
W N E S passed. He must not show indifference.
W N E S Hand 5 Pass Pass Pass
What happens if the stop card is re-
Hand 2 1t ´ AK3 ?
moved prematurely or not played at all?
´ K J 10 4 2 ? ™AQJ
The next player should pause as if it had
™J tAQJ 2®. Even in fourth seat, been used correctly.
t92 1´. When an opponent ® K Q 10 9 a 3NT opening indicates
What happens if I pause as requested
® A Q J 10 5 opens one of a minor a solid minor rather than
and then opponents claims I have hesi-
and you have a two- a big balanced hand. The tated and partner has taken advantage?
suited major/minor slower start gives you a better chance to The director should disregard the man-
hand, you cannot show both suits at find out whether you can make a slam. datory pause time i.e. any hesitation of
once. When the suits are of equal length, Remember, partner has to keep the bid- under 10 seconds is free thinking time.
you should start by showing the major. ding open after a 2® opening.
What should the director do if the stop
You are more likely to buy the contract procedure is ignored?
or to reach game if you play in a major. W N E S For the first time it is normal to warn
Hand 6 1NT Pass 2t* 2´ players. If it is a repeated offence then the
´A95 ? director may issue a procedural penalty.
W N E S ™ A J 10 7 *Transfer to hearts
What happens if a player produces a
Hand 3 1´ Pass tAJ8
stop card and then changes his or her
´Q ? ® 10 9 3 3™. While partner may mind?
™4 have bid the 2t transfer The player may make any bid he or she
tAKJ52 2®. With a two-suited with no values, this is not wants but there maybe some unautho-
® A K 10 6 4 3 hand (and neither suit usually the situation. With four-card rised information given. Playing a stop
the one partner opened), support for a known five-card (or longer) card is not the same as making a bid.
you should start with a suit, it is usually right to compete to the Does it make any difference if bidding
simple response rather than a jump. You three level. Even if you do not buy the boxes are not used?
plan to rebid 3t, which will show your contract, you will at least have pushed the No. The regulations are the same. You
second suit and, as it is a responder’s opponents up a level. Moreover, if North just say ‘stop’ instead of producing the
reverse at the three level, create a game bids 3´, South may be unsure whether this card.
force. is a competitive bid or a game invitation.r
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