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IN SUMMARY

After 1®/t/™/´-Dble-Pass-? you can:

Dpass if you have their suit and think they won't

make, but lean towards bidding your own game

if you have sufficient values. You will very rarely

pass at the one level;

Dprefer to bid a four-card major rather than a

longer minor;

Dbid your suit at the lowest level with 0-9 points

and a four-card suit or 0-8 points and a fivecard

suit;

Djump in your suit to invite partner to bid game;

Dbid 1NT with 8-10 points and a stop in the

opponent's suit (denying an unbid four-card

major);

Dbid 2NT with 11-12 points and a stop in the

opponent's suit (denying an unbid four-card

major);

Dbid their suit if you have a good hand and don't

know what to do;

Dbid game if you fancy your chances. Don't be

shy with a good fit! r

Hand 4 Hand 5

´ K Q 7 2 ´ Q 7 6

™ Q 10 8 7 ™ K J 6 4 2

t 9 6 5 t Q 9

® 5 3 ® J 8 3

Hand 6 Hand 7

´ K Q 10 9 7 3 ´ Q 8 6 4

™ J 3 ™ 7

t 9 6 5 t 7 5 3

® K 4 ® K J 6 5 2

Hand 1 Hand 2 Hand 3

´ Q 8 7 3 ´ Q 6 4 ´ J 4

™ 6 5 3 ™ Q 4 ™ 9 7 3

t J 8 7 3 2 t A J 10 5 t 6 5 4

® 9 ® J 9 8 7 ® J 10 8 6 5

What should you do, though, if you have a good

hand with no clear bid - maybe your stop in their

suit is iffy or you would like to invite partner to bid

game but have both majors, and are not sure which

one to bid? In these cases you can bid the

opponents' suit: this is called making a cue bid. It

says 'I have a good hand but I'm not sure what to do'

and it is forcing until suit agreement.

If the third hand bids, the cheapest bid in a new

suit is non forcing but does show some values (at

least six with a four-card suit, a bit less with a five-

card suit), as you can pass with a bust. A jump in a

new suit shows the same thing as if they had not bid

- an invitational hand with the appropriate length

in that suit.

TEST YOURSELF

What would you bid with each of these hands on

the following auction, sitting South:

Dealer West.

W N E S

1t Dble Pass ?

Hand 1. Bid 1´ because you have four spades and

no interest in game.

Hand 2. Bid 1NT showing 8-10 points, values in

diamonds and no great wish to play in a major. If

I held 11 points I might bid 1NT or 2NT

depending on how much I liked my hand. With

12 points I would bid 2NT, not 3NT, as partner

may be a little below opening strength if they

have good shape.

Hand 3. Bid 2®. This isn't a jump so it doesn't

show values.

Hand 4. Bid 1´. You don't have enough to invite,

so you must bid a suit at the lowest level.

Advanced: I'd bid 1´ rather than 1™ because I

might get to bid 2™ later, if the opponents

compete, and now I've got both my suits in. If I

start with 1™ I won't want to bid 2´ in

competition, as partner will have to bid hearts at

the three level if they want to give preference.

Hand 5. Jump to 2™, showing about 9-10 points

with five hearts or 10-11 points with four hearts.

With 11 points and five hearts (and some 10s) I'd

just bid game.

Hand 6. I would bid 4´, expecting an easy make

facing partner's known diamond shortage and

three or four card spade support.

Hand 7. Bid 1´, not 2®. Partner's double is more

about major suit length than about an unbid

minor. This means that they will often have four

spades, so you may miss a 4-4 fit if you do not bid

them. It is less important to get to the lower

scoring club contract and if partner has a good

hand it is more likely that 4´ will make than any

other game. r

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