October 2019 English Bridge
Redble = clubs
1´ = natural
As ever the key is to be on the same wavelength as
ADVANTAGES TO THIS METHOD
DSpace. You gain lots of definition by saving space.
Again you can play in a new suit at the 2-level by
transferring to it with a weak hand with 6 good
cards in the suit, totally unbiddable in normal
DThe redouble also saves space, allowing more
room for auction development.
DAll the advantages from last time can be achieved
plus you are not deprived of a natural 1NT
response. You can essentially describe virtually all
the mainstream hand types.
Well there's always one isn't there!
Here it is that you lose a natural redouble (people
play this as 9+ or 10+ or whatever they choose,
heaven preserve me from those who do it on 8+ or
even less systemically!). It's true - you do - but in
reality this is no great loss, much much less serious
than losing a natural 1NT, a regularly occurring
hand type. On frequency you have a standard
redouble so rarely that I really wouldn't worry.
Technically most experts play that with a hand
that would wish to make a natural redouble, you
pass then double on the next round. This shows 10+
rather than just a competing take-out double which
would otherwise have been the normal
Let's look at a couple of examples of how our new
ideas might work: W N E S
1™ Dble ?
´ Q 8 7 5
™ 4 3
t Q 8 6 5
® K 3 2
´ A Q J 4 2
™ 7 6 3
t K 9 8
® K 5
W N E S
1´ Dble Redble Pass
Here we would redouble to show our spades.
Note that after a take-out double I do not
recommend responding light - it simply does not
work, you should reserve bidding for hands with
some 7+ HCP or perhaps six points with a five-card
suit to compensate. How does opener continue?
In this example, firstly you have to remember to
alert 1´ - take care initially, it is quite easy to forget.
1´ shows clubs, usually either five with enough to
respond at the 2-level or six with a weak hand. You
have obviously gained some space now. Opener
might rebid to show a strong no trump or bid 2® to
simply state that if you have a weakish hand this is
as far as you wish to proceed. Otherwise you can
make any rebid you like (remembering partner's
most likely hand is weak with six clubs).
On hearing of clubs via the redouble I would
recommend bidding 2® here. You bidding 2® is not
natural per se - it simply states that facing a weak
hand with six clubs this is as far as you wish to go.
Partner can always bid on.
MOVING WITH THE TIMES
The bridge world has obviously allowed for
increased bidding complexity as the years have
passed. Going back 50 or 60 years top level bridge
always employed quite natural bidding methods.
These days even average club players can take
advantage of technical bidding advances, many of
which involve playing transfers in various
situations. Providing you have the mindset for it, I
strongly believe your bridge (and your results) will
significantly improve by taking on board some of
the methods I have shown over the last two
articles. As ever there is enormous room for extra
work and agreements to come out of this - I have
just dipped our collective toes in the water. Give
them a go!! r
Check out Neil's quiz online, page 68
W N E S
1™ Dble 1´A Pass