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February 2018 English Bridge

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If you have at least a 5 count or a bit less with a

suit that can be trumps you should be in game. It's

worth remembering that partner is unlikely to hold

a 22 count when they open 2NT because 22 counts

are dealt less frequently than 20 counts. In fact, the

chance that partner has a 20 count is slightly more

than the chance of a 21 and a 22 count combined.

This means that you shouldn't bid marginal games

on the grounds that partner may have 22 - they

probably don't, and hands that you were thinking of

inviting on should probably lean towards passing.

Your system over 2NT should be broadly similar

to what you play over 1NT. I play Stayman and

major suit transfers over 1NT so that is what I play

over 2NT. If you do not play transfers and instead

play 1NT-3™/´ as natural, asking partner to bid

4™/´ with 3-card support and 3NT without it, then

that is what 3™/´ should mean over 2NT as well. In

either case a reasonable meaning for 4®/t is for it

to be a natural slam try and 2NT-4NT should be

inviting partner to bid 6NT with a maximum or

pass with a minimum, usually showing 11ish

points. r

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