Pattaya bridge Club News-sheets 2004 Index
62 Responding to Partner’s Negative Double.
Double for Penalties? – With AJxx sitting over the bidder, double!
A new suit response at the two level is a good 10+ points.
Responding 2♥ to partner’s 1♠ opening.
A Pre-emptive opener? – what do you open with ♠106 ♥98 ♦6 ♣AKJ108643 ?
An Opening Bid? – points in the long suits are good.
An Opening Bid in 4th seat? (rule of 15).
A Bad Hand for the Weak NT?
A Poor 6NT – to make 6NT you generally need about 33 points.
63 Is it Strong, Weak, Forcing or whatever? – a few sequences to test you.
Double 1NT? – it’s for penalties, generally 15-18.
A Solid Overcall! – don’t simply overcall with a two-loser hand.
What’s Your rebid? – you can lie in ♥’s if you can support partner’s ♠’s.
1♥ - 1♠ - 3♦ is game forcing – opener had ♠ - ♥KQ9852 ♦AQ987 ♣A8
Game with 20 points? – a good 4-4 is better than 6-3.
Pass partner’s opening 1¨? Not me with 2 small ♦’s and 5 points.
What is that 4♣ bid? – a cue bid (showing 1st round control).
What is that 4♣ bid again? – this time it’s confusion.
Trust partner? – if opponents bid and partner bids NT, then he has a stop(s).
A re-opening Double? – a nice penalty playing negative doubles.
Fast arrival – a jump to game in a game forcing auction is weak.
64 Just doin’ my ‘job’? – the cavemen think not too well.
Questions and Alerts – what’s alertable or not at this club.
Calling me a liar! Don’t say I’ve lied when others can back me up.
That Law again – my nemesis says I should explain – but he ignores it anyway!
Explaining What I Say! – why a 2♥ response to a 1♠ opening promises 5 ♥’s.
Responding to Partner’s Double – bidding the opponent’s suit is not natural.
A Mis-fit – with ♠2 ♥A ♦AK98764 ♣J1062 pass partner’s 2♠ opening.
Another Mis-fit? – don’t open 2♣ with two-suiters.
Don’t open 1NT way out of range – 19 pts, 22(!) pts, seems one member has no clue.
Stayman, transfers etc after a 2NT opening? – play the same after 2♣ - 2♦ - 2NT.
65-78 The Beginner’s Page (Basic Standard American)
Never deny a Four Card Major.
Support with Support (1♣ - 1♠ - 2♠) with 3 ♠’s?
Hand Evaluation – ‘good’ 15 counts and ‘bad’ 15 counts.
How do you play the ♣ suit? – make the opponents play it! (an end-play)
Virtually always re-open with a double when playing negative doubles.
Who should bid? – Balancing, or protection.
Finding a fit? – you can play in 5♣/♦ with a singleton ♥ each!
66 Support with just 3 cards? – the jump to 3 is normally 5 cards(1♣ - 1♥ - 3♥?).
1NT - 4NT = quantitative.
A Tangled Web – when you don’t play inverted minors.
The 3NT rebid – usually a good long minor.
If you really want to play 4-card majors, the open 1♥ when 4-4 (up the line).
Nice Bidding – a good 5-2 fit is playable and is preferable to NT if a suit is wide open.
A Word About the Scoring – when you sit out you get your average (not 50%).
How do you bid slam? – Splinters really are worth mastering.
Overcalls are 5 card suits – and if partner bids it’s not forcing.
67 Stayman with a flat hand? – 1NT – 3NT with a 4 card major?
How many points for a Stayman? – Garbage Stayman promises no points.
How many points for a negative double? – only enough to compete to the next level.
When not to play in the 4-4 fit – with a weak suit in slam.
A word about Qx – it’s better in declarer’s hand.
A terrible pre-empt – pre-empts are 7 card suits.
A slam with a void – exclusion Blackwood.
After an intervening double, redouble with 9 or more points and a mis-fit for partner.
Responding to partner’s take-out double – usually bid your cheapest 4 card suit.
Rebid another suit or pass partner’s 1NT response? – with 5-4, bid.
Rebid a 5 card suit? – do not pass 1NT with an unsuitable shape.
A tricky 2nd bid? – 2NT by responder is 11-12 points.
68 A Tactical Double – ♠KJ103 sitting over the ♠ bidder in an invitational auction.
Don’t open two-suiters with 2♣ – open 1♥ with ♠AKQ65 ♥QJ10865 ♦KQ ♣ -
Invitational (+) values for Stayman – unless is ‘Garbage’ shape (short ♣’s).
Don’t double/overcall with rubbish – keep quiet with ♠A974 ♥J73 ♦3 ♣K9832
Enough for Slam? – You need 33+ points for 6NT but just 31 with a good 4-4 fit.
4♠ scores more than 5♦ – the 6-2 ♠ fit scores more than the 6-4 ♦ fit.
Super-Accept of a transfer – showing a non-min and 4 trumps.
69 Splinters – 3 pages of explanations.
An Easy Top – deduct a point for a completely flat (4333 type) shape.
You then need 11 points for a new suit at the two level or for 2NT.
Bad Bidding from Books? – play books frequently have bad bidding!
A Double of 1NT is penalties - you need 15 + points (or a good long suit).
70 Void in partner’s weak two! Pass partner’s 2♠ holding ♠- ♥Q10864 ♦AQ1085 ♣KQ9.
A tricky bid – preference by partner may easily be just two cards.
Systems on, Systems off.
3¨ after Stayman? – it has to be agreed with your partner.
Trust Partner – do not remove partner’s penalty double because you have overbid.
A one-level penalty double? – don’t bid 2NT if you can penalise them.
Pre-empt Just Once - having pre-empted, never bid again unless partner invites.
Tea and Cucumber sandwiches (a flat 11 enough to raise a weak 1NT to 2NT?)
A 5-3 fit or 3NT? – with points outside, go for 3NT.
Raising partner’s major directly to 4 is weak – it is most certainly not a slam invitation.
71 Obey The Law – be content with having pushed them up.
A 5-3 fit or 3NT? if it’s a close decision think about who is declarer and the opening lead.
1♠ or slam! – don’t pass partner’s opening with 6 points.
Responding to Partner’s 1♥/♠ Opening (1NT does not promise a balanced hand).
A word about the weak NT – with Acol you can respond at the 2-level with 8 points.
Overcall or double? – A simple overcall is often best in preference to a double.
Worth a raise? – partner overcalls 2♦ and you have: ♠J10964 ♥J98 ♦Q10943 ♣ -.
A 2♣ opener or what? – balanced 25 point hand, then Benji works.
The 3NT opener (either directly or via 2♣) with 25+ points sucks.
A 2NT opener or what? ♠A7 ♥K8 ♦KQ2 ♣AKQ984 is too good for 2NT.
Good enough for slam? – the jump suit response shows a good long suit.
Good enough for slam? – 16 opposite a minimum hand is not enough.
About Bulls and
Raise 1NT to 2NT? – deduct a point for totally flat (4333 type) shape.
Raise 1NT to 2NT? – not with 7 points, especially if the opponents compete.
Benjamin Twos – a couple of pages.
The Problem with Playing Tricks.
A Jump to 3♠ after a Benjamin 2♣? – some play it as 9 playing tricks.
A Straightforward Benjamin Two ♠AKQ986 ♥K32 ♦3 ♣AK7 is not worth 2♦.
A poor pre-empt: ♠ - ♥A75432 ♦J10965 ♣A3 opened 4♥!
When Partner Pauses and Passes – the most popular director call!
73 The two-level response – the strength of your opening NT has repercussions elsewhere.
A 4♦ Opening? – I prefer Namyats.
A 4♦ Opening? – If you think that the 5 level is a good bet then open five.
Quacks – 4 queens and two jacks are not worth 10 points.
Go to Jail, do not pass Go – deduct a point for totally flat 4333 type hands.
Another deal which is just another example of how badly flat 4333 type hands play.
After partner’s 1NT opening has been overcalled double is 100% for penalties.
74 Responding to 1♣/♦ with 5 ♠’s and 4 ♥’s – Checkback or NMF.
A 1NT opener? – two doubletons, fine if they are Qx or better.
When an opponent bids your suit…it’s usually best to pass.
Too strong for a 1♥ opener? - a 3514 21 count.
A 3NT rebid? – do not lie about your points with either your NT opening or NT rebid.
A 3NT rebid? – the jump to 2NT shows 18-19 points so don’t bid 3NT.
4 Card Majors – Dutch Acol is not Acol.
Respond with 6 points! Don’t pass partner’s 1-level suit opening when you have 6 points.
‘I would object’! – If you play complex/non-standard conventions then you must alert.
75 A nice sequence – a free bid promises values (about 6-9, could be less with good shape).
When they interfere with our big bid – pass unless you have something definite to say.
Bid game or double? – AK of the opponent’s suit are good cards, declaring or defending.
Beware of favourable vulnerability? Don’t sacrifice against contracts that are not making.
Perfect partners? Be sensible and upgrade for long major suits, singletons, aces etc. etc.
The sequence 1x – 1NT – 2NT shows 17-18 points. This is true whatever system you play
A poor Pre-empt – do not pre-empt with a 4 card major.
An Easy Game Missed – don’t make an invitational bid with a game-going hand.
Using 4th suit forcing – raising partner or rebidding one’s own suit after 4th suit is forcing.
Bid that 4 card major – do not go past 3NT without due thought.
Don’t rebid a 2 card suit – Jeff psyching again.
Sense and (Non)sensibility – do not overcall with 4 card suits.
Do not generally overcall with 4 card suits, remember the 1NT overcall (15-18 points).
Don’t bid your hand twice – bidding your hand twice makes it easy for the opponents.
Bidding the Fourth Suit (after LHO opponent’s overcall) – is it a reverse?
For those inexperienced ears – is it a reverse?
That 3NT rebid yet again – it a good long minor.
Don’t hit me with those negative waves - (Finding and) losing a 4-4 fit.
4-4 is better than 5-3 – because you get discards on the 5-card suit.
How much is an honour worth? – a few Marty Bergen tips on hand evaluation.
Overcall with a big hand? – A 4♣/♦ overcall is a weak bid.
How many points for a negative double of 1♠? - 4 or more ♥’s and 6 or more points.
When an opponent bids your suit… it’s usually best to pass.
Be wary of doubling opponents with length and strength in partner’s suit.
78 No idea about pre-empts – with a strong hand make a strong bid!
‘The ideal pre-empt is topless with a good body’ – Marty Bergen.
The Big Guns Disagree – Hans and Chuck at odds over Jeff’s atrocious bidding.
That 3NT rebid yet again – the 3NT rebid is a good hand with a long (semi) solid suit.
Is 4NT over partner’s 3NT natural or Blackwood?
A Moysian Fit. A 4-3 fit is fine if you can ruff in the hand with short trumps.
79 Nobody finds the 4-4 fit – everybody in a hopeless game and not even in the 4-4 ♥ fit.
That 3NT rebid – don’t make a non-forcing (2NT or 3¨) rebid with 8 tricks in hand!
No Sensible bid? – open 1NT and you have no rebid problems.
No Sensible rebid? – open 1NT ♠96 ♥AKQ8 ♦764 ♣AK75.
5-3 fit or NT? 3NT if most of the points are outside the suit.
Splinters – an easy 6♠ missed because of no splinter.
Worth a jump raise? 1♦ - 1♠ - 3♠ – 12 points from opener is not enough.
Bid a 3 card suit when partner doubles for take-out? – it’s usually not a good idea.
A reverse promises greater length in the 1st bid suit.
All NT responses to partner’s opening are Limit bids.
Poor slam bidding – 28-30 may be enough for a small slam if you have a fit.
Pre-empt with 6 ♣’s? – ♠K85 ♥4 ♦J95 ♣AQ9765?
Strong Hand Bidding – 1♠ - 2♦ - 2♠ - 3♣, responder may have ‘dug up’ the ♣’s.
A plug for 2/1 – Strong hand bidding is easy as it’s game forcing after 1♠ - 2♦
Strong Hand Bidding – do not bid Blackwood with a wide open suit.
105 You can overcall at the two level with 11-17 points.
Cheating again? – Alex took a strange view opposite Thorlief’s ‘psyche’.