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D Unable to bid no-trumps (too strong) and

prevented from opening a 4-card major, you

must bid a minor - no one cares so much about

those.

Try these hands and see how you get on:

If opponents ask particularly about 1® or 1t say

'Could be a 3-card suit - diamonds only three when

4-4-3-2 exactly'.

Hand 4

´ A K Q 9

™ Q 8 7 4

t 9 5 4

® A J

Hand 5

´ A K

™ 8 7 4

t Q 9 5 4

® A Q J 9

Hand 1 Hand 2 Hand 3

´ A K Q 9 ´ A K Q 9 ´ A K Q 9

™ Q 8 7 ™ Q 8 7 ™ Q 8 7

t 9 5 t 9 5 4 t A J 9

® A J 9 4 ® A J 9 ® 9 5 4

SUMMARY OF MINOR OPENINGS

D 1® and 1t are only 'shortish' (3-card) when

opener has a good balanced hand (15+ HCP).

Because both promise at least three cards,

neither 1® nor 1t require alerting or

announcing. It would be polite to announce

your new system before play to those used to

your old methods as 'Five-card majors, longer

minor'.

D For balanced hands of 15-19 HCP - too strong

to open 1NT - which have no 5-card suit (so

4-3-3-3 or 4-4-3-2) open a minor:

D With 4-3 in the minors open the longer.

D With 3-3 in the minors open 1®.

D With 3-2 in the minors open the longer.

D With 4-4 in the minors open 1t unless

specifically agreed to open 1®. r

1. 1®. You'll have no qualms about starting with

1®, a decent 4-card suit. You can bid no-trumps

next, just as you would after opening 1´ in

4CMs.

2. 1®. What about now? 1® is still correct. You

have to open a 3-card minor.

3. 1®. Poor clubs and good diamonds - should you

switch allegiance? No. They may only be minors

but to retain as much confidence as possible that

partner may not have the suit, bid clubs. Avoid

opening a 3-card diamond suit.

4. 1t. Now there's no option but to open 1t. But

this is a unique case, 4-4 in the majors, three

diamonds and two clubs. It is the only pattern to

open 1t with three.

5. 1t. For the same reason as Hand 3 choose 1t as

it all but promises four cards and that may be

important in competition or at high levels. But it

would hardly be a crime to bid 1® - it may even

work out better if the goal is to stay low.

DISCLOSURE OF THE NEW SYSTEM

Your obligations to announce and alert changed

slightly in 2013. Read or take a copy of the EBU

summary sheet.

Your system card should say, 'Weak no-trump,

five-card majors, three weak-twos'. Do not alert or

announce your one-major or one-minor openings.

At the start of a round it would be polite to tell the

opponents, 'Five-card majors, longer minor'. The

rest (weak-twos and 1NT) you announce anyway.

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