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LETTERS CONTINUED from page 23 Punishment enough
I HAVE to confess that I took after an age surfaced with 3♥
advantage of my partner’s (a four-card suit). I responded
Level 4 problems hesitation.
Almost a year ago I met up
3♠ and after due deliberation
partner bid 4♠. To me, it was
with a bridge orphan who had clear partner had a problem
THERE has been some debate Of these, the natural open- not played for about thirty hand: he had 4-4 in the majors,
on http://forums.bridgetalk. ings and the artificial strong years and was trying to find and was either 4 -1 or 5-0 in
com/ about the merits (or openings are just as likely to be his way into the game again. the minors and must have
otherwise) of the EBU system encountered at Level 2, so We agreed on a twelve month points to account for the
regulations at Level 4. Some need not be discussed other trial during which time I prolonged bidding. So I took
contend that many permitted than in passing. would do my best to bring him advantage of his perceived
methods are infrequent enough Without advocating one up to speed with some of the problem and bid 6♠.
and unusual enough that it is point of view in particular, we more modern bidding systems, After a heart lead partner
unreasonable to expect all would like to suggest that an defensive signals, etc. Some- placed dummy on the table:
players to be able to deal with article discussing possible def- times it has been tortuous
them at short notice in, for ences to artificial bids promi- waiting for him to come up
example, the National Pairs sing a different suit, artificial with his rebid (I know – he ♠ A942
competition. Others believe suits denying (by inference) the should know his proposed ♥ 8753
that the wider range of systems suit bid, and multi-way weak/ rebid before making the open- ♦ 97
available is simply part of the strong bids would be of interest ing bid) and the same waiting ♣ 10 6 2
cut-and-thrust of competition, and potential benefit to a wide for him to respond to a bid of
and if opponents achieve a proportion of the readership mine. Many are the times in
good score because their of English Bridge and could, if the car on the way to or from a I thanked partner, duly went
unusual methods right-side a desired, form part of a short game that I lecture him on the two off for an almost clear
contract, or because they can series. need to ‘speed up’. bottom, and kept my own
pre-empt on a wider range of Henry Lockwood and Recently, playing pairs at the counsel – until the end of the
hands, that is part of the game. Matt Johnson, by e-mail club, I picked up: evening! I then pointed out to
Examination of the Orange him that the bidding should
Book indicates that there are The idea of some articles to have gone at the speed of light
five classes of opening suit bid discuss defences to less common ♠ Q 10 7 6 to 4♠ and admitted I bid 6♠
permitted at Level 4: Level 4 conventions is a good ♥ AK on the strength of his agoni-
• Natural (showing the suit one and will be pursued in a ♦ AK2 sing. Partner then pointed out
bid, at some strength). future issue. In the meantime, ♣ AQ85 I had once told him that after a
• Artificial. Jeremy Dhondy offers advice on 1NT or 2NT opening bid
• Promising a specified suit page 27. responder was ‘boss of the
other than the one bid. And opened 2NT (20-22). With auction’ and that as the no-
• Denying the suit bid.
THE OCTOBER DEBATE:
the opposition silent through- trump bidder I should have
• Promising a strong hand,
Thank you for voting.
out, partner went into one of passed his 4♠ bid.
not related to the suit bid. The votes were split
his trances and eventually Oops, sorry partner!
• Openings that could be 50-50, so it looks as came up with 3♣ (five-card Should I have called the
either strong or weak. though Great Bridge is Stayman). After my response Director for taking advantage
There is also the option to play both Percentage and of 3♦ denying a five-card of partner’s unauthorised non-
an intermediate and artificial Flair Bridge! major – we keep it simple – he information?
1NT opening. went deep into the tank and David Pollard. Alnwick
Variations on a theme
ANDREW Kambites’ article never struck me as being par- and to which I gave the name bid overcall is used to show a
on Two-suited Overcalls in the ticularly useful to treat a cue- Quantum (from Cue-bid, UNT solid suit and asks partner to
October 2008 issue of English bid of the opponent’s suit as and Michaels), overcomes these bid 3NT with a stopper in the
Bridge outlined a variation of natural. Nor do I like having to difficulties: opponent’s suit. When was
Ghestem in which, over a 1♣ give up a jump overcall in Over 1♣ or 1♦, a cue-bid the last time you ever needed
opening, 2♣ was natural and clubs to an artificial meaning shows the extremes (spades that?
2♦ showed both majors, and when it is clearly preferable (in and the unbid minor); 2NT Over a 1♥ or 1 ♠ opening, I
over a 1♦ or 1♥ or 1♠ open- terms of memory load, if shows the lowest two unbid like to revert to using standard
ing, 3♣ showed a two-suited nothing else) to be able to use suits (hearts and the other Michaels cue-bids so that once
hand. it naturally. minor) while a jump cue-bid again 3 ♣ is available as a
Although a 1♣ opening may A variant of Ghestem I shows both majors. natural bid.
be made on a short suit, it has devised over thirty years ago, Traditionally, a jump cue- Mike Wenble, by e-mail
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