Page 0013

Don’t conceal

TRAPS FOR THE UNWARY

your major suits

as responder

ONE of the mistakes that people often By showing the major-suit fit you end up

make when they are starting out is to in the right denomination (spades) and

forget to look for major-suit fits where the right level (game).

they exist, in favour of a hasty bid, often in Michael Byrne

no-trumps. Let’s see a few more situations when we

This sort of hand is a frequent example: might forget to look for major-suit fits:

Partner opens 1t Partner opens 2NT your rebid? Say that

Hand 1 and the next hand Hand 2 and the next hand Hand 4 partner opens 1t

´ K875 passes; what do you ´ 87 passes; what do you ´ Q 10 8 3 and responds 2t over

™ Q 10 3 do? ™ KJ97 do? ™ AJ your 2® bid, and you

t 86 t Q876 t Q6 have Hand 4. You

® K J 10 8 ® J93 ® KQJ75 correctly responded in

your longest suit,

since you are strong

In my experience, players who are just Remember to bid enough to make seve-

learning bridge are split into those people Stayman – it would Partner 2 Partner 4 ral bids, and you

who want to bid no-trumps (because they be embarrassing to ´ AKQ ´ KJ42 should carry on

have stoppers in the other suits), and those bid a confident 3NT ™ AQ843 ™ 654 showing your shape

that want to show their strong club suit. It only to fail when we t AJ2 t AKJ95 by bidding 2´. Part-

may come as a surprise to learn that the had a nice heart fit. ® 62 ® 6 ner’s hand may be as

right bid is 1´, and it is not even a close Partner’s hand may in Partner 4; now 3NT

decision. be as in Partner 2. (which partner will

It is very important that you don’t The worry you had about the spade suit pass if you bid it) has no chance, but 4´ is a

respond in no-trumps when holding a will soon be allayed – when the opponents contract that should present no challenges.

four-card major, as it gives partner the cash the first five club tricks! 4™, mean- Let’s review a few points about bidding

wrong message. while, is nice and easy. major suits as responder:

Remember: if you start by bidding a

major suit, there’s always plenty of time to Partner opens 1™;

end up in no-trumps later. This is because Hand 3 the next hand passes; Do:

a change of suit is forcing, which means ´ QJ54 what do you do? • Show a major suit, even a poor one

partner has to bid again. However, if you ™ 6 (Hand 1), in preference to respond-

respond in no-trumps t K8753 ing with a bid of no-trumps.

partner can (and will) Partner 1 ® 874 • Remember to bid Stayman even

pass, and a major- ´ A J 10 4 when you have a balanced hand

suit fit will have gone ™ K4 (Hand 2).

begging. t AK754 It may seem strange • Look for a major-suit fit on the

This may be your ® 65 to respond in a suit Partner 3 second round even if partner

partner’s hand: that is not your long- ´ 10 8 3 2 doesn’t show one at first (Hand 4).

est, but you must bid ™ AK642 Don’t:

Now compare these two auctions: 1´. The hand is not t 64 • Worry about the quality of your

strong enough to bid ® AJ major suit – length is strength.

Auction 1 at the two level, and if • Be side-tracked by wanting to show

West North East South you only get one shot partner your point count: there’s

1t Pass 1NT All Pass you should show your major. If partner time to limit the hand later on.

has a diamond suit he will rebid it, and the • Let a minor suit distract you when

Auction 2 right trump suit will be found. If he has four you have a weak hand; if you are

West North East South spades (as above), he can support you. only worth one bid, show the major

1t Pass 1´ Pass suit (Hand 3). r

3´ Pass 4´ All Pass What about missing major-suit fits on

www.ebu.co.uk October 2010 English Bridge 13

Index

  1. Page 0001
  2. Page 0002
  3. Page 0003
  4. Page 0004
  5. Page 0005
  6. Page 0006
  7. Page 0007
  8. Page 0008
  9. Page 0009
  10. Page 0010
  11. Page 0011
  12. Page 0012
  13. Page 0013
  14. Page 0014
  15. Page 0015
  16. Page 0016
  17. Page 0017
  18. Page 0018
  19. Page 0019
  20. Page 0020
  21. Page 0021
  22. Page 0022
  23. Page 0023
  24. Page 0024
  25. Page 0025
  26. Page 0026
  27. Page 0027
  28. Page 0028
  29. Page 0029
  30. Page 0030
  31. Page 0031
  32. Page 0032
  33. Page 0033
  34. Page 0034
  35. Page 0035
  36. Page 0036
  37. Page 0037
  38. Page 0038
  39. Page 0039
  40. Page 0040
  41. Page 0041
  42. Page 0042
  43. Page 0043
  44. Page 0044
  45. Page 0045
  46. Page 0046
  47. Page 0047
  48. Page 0048
  49. Page 0049
  50. Page 0050
  51. Page 0051
  52. Page 0052
  53. Page 0053
  54. Page 0054
  55. Page 0055
  56. Page 0056