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ONLINE EXTRA

English Bridge August 2014 Online Extra

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HCP. A jump to 2NT would show 11-12

HCP here.

4: 1´. Remember you cannot make a

classical 'jump-shift' within this system as

this would in fact be a 'weak jump shift'

i.e. a decent six-card suit with 4-9

HCP approximately (see pages

60-61 in the April Online Extra).

5: 2´. Here is a perfect example of

a weak jump shift response to a 1®

opening - simultaneously describing your

hand beautifully and putting pressure on

your next opponent.

6: 2®. Virtually unbiddable in Acol where

you have to either invent a 1t bid or jump

to a heavy 3NT. Here we can first bid an

inverted (forcing) 2® - then 3NT next. No

problem at all!

Revision Quiz 2

With each of the hands below, what would

you call at your turn in the featured

auctions?

Partner You

1® 1™

1´ ?

Partner You

1® 1™

1´ ?

Partner You

1® 1™

1´ ?

Partner You

1t ?

Partner You

1t ?

You Partner

1® 2®

2NT 3®

?

Opener Opp 1 Responder Opp 2

Partner You

1t 1™ ?

Answers to Revision Quiz 2

1: 2™. This hand falls betwixt and between

in standard methods: do you slightly

underbid with 2™ or slightly overbid with

3™?

With the methods proposed in this

series, 2™ shows about 9-11 HCP and at

least six hearts, i.e. a fully invitational

hand - whilst keeping the bidding low!

The reason you can do this, of course, is

because you have 1® - 2™ available as a

weak jump shift so your hand is known to

be better than that.

2: 2t. You have an opening hand with six

hearts. There are two possible options in

this situation: a) to jump to 3™ or b) to

bid fourth suit forcing and then 3™.

When both these options are available

(when your side has already bid three suits,

not just two), then I favour bidding the

fourth suit followed by 3™ to show an

opening hand with six cards in length.

3: 3™. Whereas, following on from the

previous example, you can show a classical

'jump-shift' by jumping in your own suit.

Typically this shows 16+ HCP with lovely

hearts (or whatever suit you responded in;

it works the same way with spades and

diamonds too!).

Revision

Let's now review some of the concepts

covered over the last few months. A quiz

may help lighten the work!

Revision Quiz 1

What do you respond to a 1® opening

with the following hands?

Hand 1 Hand 2

´ J 7 6 2 ´ J 8 7 2

™ 8 5 ™ 4 3

t K Q 6 4 t K Q 9 8 3

® 9 7 3 ® 8 6

Hand 3 Hand 4

´ J 8 5 ´ A K Q J 6 4

™ A J 7 ™ A K 8

t Q 9 4 t 8 6

® Q 7 6 2 ® 9 3

Hand 5 Hand 6

´ A Q J 8 7 3 ´ A 8

™ 3 2 ™ K 7 4

t 8 7 2 t Q 8 6

® 5 4 ® A Q J 8 4

Answers to Revision Quiz 1

1: 1´. A routine 1´ in our style. While

Acol advocates responding the lower of

two four-card suits, this does not apply

here. Partner may well have a four-card

major - in which case it is imperative to

find it directly since if we respond 1t

opener may have to rebid 1NT not one of

his major - and the beauty of the system

will evaporate as the 4-4 major suit fit,

which was 'begging' to be located, will in

fact be lost!

2: Still 1´! We extend the principle from

(1) above to include bypassing five or

even six-card minor suits in favour of our

major. Only with enough points for game

(usually 12+ approx.) do I recommend

introducing diamonds ahead of your four

card-major.

3: 1NT. In Acol you would be too strong

(6-9 points), but here you are safe know ing

that if partner is balanced then he will

have either 12-14 or 18-19 HCP so there is

no problem responding 1NT with up to 10

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Problem 1

´ 8 5 2

™ A Q J 8 7 3

t K 2

® 7 3

Problem 2

´ 8 5 2

™ A Q J 8 7 3

t K 2

® A 3

Problem 3

´ 8 5

™ A K Q J 8 7 3

t K 2

® A 3

Problem 4

´ A J 8 5

™ A 3

t K Q 6 4 3

® 6 3

Problem 5

´ 8 5

™ A 3

t 4 3

® K Q J 10 9 8 4

Problem 6

´ 8 5 3

™ K 7 6

t K Q 8

® A Q 9 5

Problem 7

´ 8 3

™ K 7 6

t A Q 7 6 3

® Q 9 5

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