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ONLINE EXTRA

English Bridge August 2014 Online Extra

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Hand D would raise 1™ to 3™.

However, the problem is that partner

never knows if you have three- or fourcard

support. This leads us to . . .

Bergen Raises

A leading American theorist, Marty

Bergen, came up with the so-called

'Bergen Raises' (see my article in

the October 2013 issue, pages 2425),

a version of which I will

detail for you here:

1™ -2´: 'Mixed raise'. This shows

four-card support and 7-9

HCP with a bit of shape.

Nothing whatsoever to do

with spades! For example,

you might hold Hand E:

1™ - 2NT: Jacoby convention (game

forcing with at least fourcard

support).

1™ -3®: Three-card heart support,

10-12 HCP, invitational.

Nothing whatsoever to do

with clubs! You might hold

Hand F:

1™ -3t: Four-card heart support

and 10-12 HCP, invita tion al.

Nothing whatsoever to

do with diamonds!

Hand E

´ 4 3

™ A J 6 3

t Q 8 7 5 2

® 8 5

Hand F

´ 4 3 2

™ K Q 7

t A J 8 7 3

® J 5

Hand D

´ 4 3

™ A 6 3

t K 9 4 2

® A 9 8 5

1™ - 3™: Pre-emptive: at least fourcard

support and 4-6 HCP.

1™ -4™: Also pre-emptive - usually

at least five hearts (the Level

of the Fit!). Fewer than 10

HCP are recommended

here.

The system works in a similar fashion after

a 1´ opening:

1´ - 2NT: Jacoby.

1´ -3®: Three-card support, 10-12

HCP, invitational.

1´ -3t: Four-card support, 10-12

HCP, invitational.

1´ -3™: 'Mixed raise', four-card

support, 7-9 HCP. (NB:

some people play this

differently - it can be used

as: a) natural and strong;

b) natural and invitational;

c) natural and weak. Your

choice!)

1´ -3´: Pre-emptive (four-card sup -

port, 4-6 HCP).

!´ -4´: Pre-emptive (at least fivecard

support, fewer than 10

HCP).

One final note for those keen ones

amongst you who are going to try to take

some or all of these methods on board.

Remembering which way round 3® and

3t are can sometimes prove troublesome

on the brain. Here are two brilliant aidesmemoire:

1. They operate exactly the same after

1™ and 1´ (so this is less of a stress

on the memory).

2. 3® shows three-card support (a club

has three 'leaves' in its shape); 3t

shows four-card support (a diamond

has four corners).

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Responding to One-of-a-Major Quiz

What do you respond to 1™ with the

following hands? (Note that responding to

an opening of 1´ works in exactly the

same way.)

Hand 1 Hand 2

´ 7 5 ´ K 7

™ J 8 4 ™ A 8 4

t A 8 7 4 2 t Q 9 8 3

® 9 8 3 ® J 6 3 2

Hand 3 Hand 4

´ 6 5 2 ´ J 7 4 3

™ K J 8 ™ A Q 6 3

t 7 3 t A 5

® A Q 8 7 4 ® 7 5 4

Hand 5 Hand 6

´ A 8 ´ 8 3

™ A K 7 4 ™ A 8 7 2

t K 8 6 5 t 9 4

® 8 5 2 ® K 10 7 5 4

Hand 7 Hand 8

´ Q 8 ´ 8 6 3

™ K 7 4 3 ™ A J 8 7 2

t 8 7 6 3 2 t 8 7 4 3

® 6 5 ® 6

Hand 9

´ 7 2

™ A J 8 6 3 2

t 7 5 4 2

® 4

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