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NO-TRUMP BIDDING

The range of

no-trump responses

in competition

Clearly, if South chooses to bid no- 2NT shows 10-12 HCP

trumps, he should expect a holding oppo- 3NT shows 13+ HCP

Andrew Kambites site of a singleton in opener’s suit. Bearing

in mind that opener will have outside South should be prepared to bid more

entries, a double stopper is highly desirable. aggressively if he has a fit with overcaller’s

THIS article describes the ranges of no- diamonds. A two-level overcall should

trump responses in competition. show a respectable suit and if South has

Hand (a) Hand (b) the sort of diamond holding that suggests

Overall logic ♠J765 ♠ 8754 the suit might run for six quick tricks, then

♥A542 ♥ AQ87 3NT may make on slender values, part-

There is a simple reasoning behind this: if ♦98 ♦ 94 icularly if his side-suit winners are aces.

you play in a suit contract with a decent ♣Q62 ♣ 10 4 3

fit, you may well succeed if the opponents

have more points than you do. Even if you Hand (e) Hand (f)

fail, you are unlikely to be doubled. If you After Auction (1), with Hand (a) South ♠8542 ♠ KQ43

play in 1NT and your opponents have should bid 1♠, not 1NT. With Hand (b) ♥ A 10 9 4 ♥ A743

more points than you, then you are South has all his strength concentrated in ♦ K 10 2 ♦ —

unlikely to succeed and you may well be opener’s suit. It is close between 1♠ and ♣A5 ♣ KJ732

doubled. To play in 1NT you should be 1NT but I prefer 1NT. Replace the four of

confident that your side has at least 18 spades by the two of clubs, and 1NT

HCP. This logic leads us to the following would be clear-cut. After Auction (3), South should bid 3NT

pretty obvious conclusions: with Hand (e) despite having only 11 HCP.

(2) West North East South He can almost smell eight tricks: six dia-

i) You need more points to respond 1♥ 1♠ Pass ? monds and two aces. Partner surely has

1NT to a one-level overcall than to a something else outside diamonds. However,

take-out double, because the overcall 1NT shows 9-12 HCP 2NT is ample with Hand (f) despite its 13

could be three points weaker than the 2NT shows 13-14 HCP HCP. It is hard to see where nine tricks

double. 3NT shows 15+ HCP might come from: your diamond holding

ii) You need more points to respond won’t help make the suit a source of tricks.

1NT to a protective action by your South may have fewer no-trump options

partner than to an immediate action, available than opposite a take-out double Partner is in fourth seat

because the protective action could but he can pass, confident that North will

be three points weaker than the im- have a decent five-card suit. (4) West North East South

mediate action. After Auction (2) South should pass 1♥ Pass Pass Dble

with Hand (c), and 1NT is ample with Pass ?

We can examine the auctions one at a Hand (d).

time. 1NT shows 9-12 HCP

2NT shows 13-14 HCP

Partner takes action Hand (c) Hand (d) 3NT shows 15+ HCP

in second seat ♠5 ♠ 5

♥AQ542 ♥ AQ87

(1) West North East South ♦9832 ♦ AJ63 Hand (g) Hand (h)

1♥ Dble Pass ? ♣J62 ♣ J843 ♠965 ♠ 865

♥AQ75 ♥ AK76

1NT shows 5-9 HCP ♦J75 ♦ AQ3

2NT shows 10-12 HCP (3) West North East South ♣864 ♣ J 10 8

3NT shows 13+ HCP 1♥ 2♦ Pass ?

30 English Bridge October 2007 www.ebu.co.uk

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