round to attacking hearts early 4´ is not a entry to East’s spades. West must pass 2´!
The ability to keep the bidding low with 19 – 21 April 2013
misfits is an easy source of good scores for Principle: Don’t fight partner. With a
experienced players. Holding Hand D, you
open 1™. Partner responds 1´, you rebid
weak, misfitting hand arrange for
the auction to end as soon as
2t and partner continues with 2´. What
do you do now?
At club level 2NT
would be the common, Principle: If one player has a good
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™ AJ876 choice. The argument that suit should usually be trumps.
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´ 8 ´ KQJ942 2™ 2´
™ AJ876 N ™ 53 3™ 3´
t KQ42 S t 63 7´
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