ONLINE EXTRA August 2013 English Bridge
Online Extra 63
1: 2™. Yes, minimum, but with 5 HCP
including an ace it is essential to bid. You
might be making game, or certainly you
want to make life difficult for your oppo nents.
It is much safer to bid on min imum
values when you do have a fit rather than
when you do not!
2: 2™. Maximum this time but still in
range. Remember that hands up to 10
HCP should routinely raise only to the
two level when balanced.
3: 3®. Too good for a quiet 2™ raise this
time. A good five-card suit and 10 HCP
allows you to make a three-card invi ta tional
raise via the Bergen 3® bid.
4: 3t. A limit raise, promising 10-12 HCP
with four-card support
5: 2NT. Jacoby game-forcing raise. What?
You don't play it? Well, you
should! (For an introduction to
the convention, see page 38,
6: 2´. Bergen mixed raise, showing fourcard
support and 7-9 HCP. These bids are
designed to put maximum pressure on the
opponents while having the safety net of a
nine-card trump fit.
7: 3™, weak. These bids are designed to be
weak but not totally dreadful! I recom mend
about 4-6 points rather than 0+ as
some people try to play - that just seems
to generate bad scores, in my experience.
8: 4™. With five-card support and a bit of
shape (I hate 5-3-3-2 hands doing this), I
feel that using the Level of the Fit to jump
to the four-level is easily a winning tactic
long-term. Either you can make your con tract
or, if not, you make life fiendishly
difficult for your opponents in the
9: 4™. Yes, 4™ here too. It is rare to jump to
5™ since you may well pre-empt your side
rather than the opponents if it is your
partner who has a good hand.
See you all next time for some more devel opments
with the 1™/1´ openings. r
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