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Bidding Judgment by Andrew Kambites

Re-evaluate Your Hand during the Auction

THIS ARTICLE tests your ability to keep West’s bidding: this case. West has more diamonds than

track of an auction as it develops. In all the 2™ showed 6-9 HCP, false preference in hearts but at this stage it seems likely

auctions below West shows 6-9 high-card this case. West has more clubs than that East probably has five hearts and

points, either on his first or second bid. We hearts but East probably has five hearts four diamonds, and the 5-2 fit will

consider West’s third bid after East and four clubs, and the 5-2 fit will usually play better than the 4-3 fit.

continues with a game try. The questions usually play better than the 4-3 fit. East’s bidding:

to ask are: East’s bidding: East did not have enough to make a

East seems to have five hearts, four clubs, game forcing jump to 3t over 1´ but

1. Is West maximum or minimum for three spades and at most one diamond. has enough to make a game try of 3t

his previous action? East did not have enough to make a over your 2™ preference. He might have

2. How well do West’s honour cards fit game-forcing jump rebid to 3® over 1´ 16-18 HCP and now has shown at least

with East’s announced shape? but has enough to make a game try of five diamonds as well as five hearts.

2´ over your 2™ preference. He might Conclusion:

The right approach is to ask what you have 16-18 HCP. Hand C: You have 8 points and the hands

(West) have already shown and what Conclusion: fit beautifully with your three honour

partner (East) has shown before coming Hand A: You have 7 points, nearer cards in partner’s two suits. Partner is

to a conclusion. There are two interesting minimum than maximum. However, now known to have five diamonds, so

features about these hands: the hands fit well with your t8-6-5 jump to 5t.

opposite a singleton, meaning there are Hand D: You have 8 points. The hands fit

1. Although you have seemingly already no wasted points. Your major-suit tens badly because you have no honour card

agreed one suit with partner, the final could prove useful. You have a 5-3 in partner’s two suits so you don’t want

denomination is often different. spade fit, so jump to 4´. to be in game. Pass 3t.

2. With unbalanced hands of 16-18 Hand B: You have 8 points, nearer max-

points, opener doesn’t need to make imum than minimum for 2™. The HHHHHH

a jump rebid. If he contents himself hands fit badly, with your tQ-J-7

with a simple rebid the bidding will opposite a singleton looking pretty

rarely die and he can show his extra useless so you don’t want to be in game. Hand E Hand F

strength on the third round of bid- You have a 5-3 spade fit so pass 2´. ´ Q7 ´ 10 7

ding. Remember: a jump shift by ™ A865 ™ KQ65

opener (eg. 1™ – 1´ – 3t) is game HHHHHH t Q743 t Q74

forcing and so opener must be ® 942 ® Q 10 9 8

prepared to play in game opposite 6

points. Hand C Hand D

´ 10 7 4 3 ´ K743 Bidding sequence for the West Hands E

™ K5 ™ 95 and F:

Hand A Hand B t KQ2 t 852

´ K 10 6 5 2 ´ Q9652 ® 9652 ® KQ32 West East

™ J 10 ™ K8 1t

t 865 t QJ7 1™ 1´

® QJ7 ® 865 Auction for the West Hands C and D: 2t 3t

?

West East

Bidding sequence for the West Hands A 1™ West’s bidding:

and B: 1´ 2t 2t showed 6-9 HCP and preference for

West East 2™ 3t diamonds. That doesn’t necessarily

1™ ? mean genuine diamond support.

1´ 2® East’s bidding:

2™ 2´ West’s bidding: East did not have enough to make a

? 2™ showed 6-9 HCP, false preference in game- forcing jump to 2´ over 1™ but

40 English Bridge February 2013 www.ebu.co.uk

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