Pattaya bridge Club News-sheets 2006 Index
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166 Don’t draw trumps if you need ruffs.
The Dummy Reversal.
Talking Garbage – the sequence 1NT - 2♣ - 2♦ - 2♥/♠ is not alertable.
Sandwich NoTrump – 1NT can be the UNT if between two bidding opponents.
What’s alertable? Some club rules and what’s alertable at this club.
A nice pre-empt – take suit ‘body’ and vulnerability into account.
An Inverted Minor – with ♠953 ♥104 ♦A98 ♣QJ1098 raise 1♣ to 3♣.
Garbage Stayman – with ♠A982 ♥Q108 ♦76432 ♣7 bid 2♣ over partner’s 1NT.
A nice negative double sequence – ♠A ♥J85432 ♦987 ♣653: 1♦ 2♠(overcall) dbl.
Passed out twice – ♠75 ♥AJ86 ♦Q105 ♣AQ97 (5NT is making).
A forcing pass –if your side open 2♣ and the opponents intervene, then pass is forcing.
Not a 2♣ opener? ♠K ♥AJ7653 ♦AK10 ♣AQ7 is not worth 2♣ followed by a ♥ bid.
167 Adjusted scores – if you play a hand with 14 cards you will score zero
A ‘Short’ ♣ – or a psyche? Don’t open 1♣ with ♠K1062 ♥AJ5 ♦AJ984 ♣10
‘Afraid’ of the ‘short’ ♣? In response to 4th suit show a stopper with NT rather than ♣ length.
Can I rebid a 5 card major? – sometimes.
1♣ - 1♠ - 3♥, 3♥ is a splinter agreeing ♠’s, is it game forcing or not?
Total Garbage – don’t bid Staymam with ♠Q9 ♥AJ32 ♦10652 ♣962
2♣ - 2♦ - 3♠ , 3♠ is a solid suit. It sets trumps and asks partner to cue bid.
Partner opens 1♣ and
168 With a stop in the opponent’s suit, bid No Trump!
Balancing. 1♣ pass pass to you with – ♠Q64 ♥J964 ♦AQ10 ♣1076
169 Obey the Law – raise partner’s 2♥ opening to 4♥ with ♠J64 ♥10873 ♦A432 ♣Q4
Who should bid 4♠? 1♠ - 1NT - 3♠ - ? with ♠A5 ♥9732 ♦J54 ♣A543
Pass partner’s 1♠ with a singleton? – ♠5 ♥97532 ♦1093 ♣A762
The problems with the sequence 1♠ - 1NT - 2NT (and how to avoid them).
RONF – A raise to the three level of partner’s weak 2♥/♠ is weak.
Overcall a 1♥ opening with 1NT holding ♠KQ54 ♥QJ5 ♦AQJ73 ♣3 – I like it.
‘Afraid’ of partner’s ‘short’ ♣? ♠K6 ♥98 ♦AQ843 ♣10984 – p, p, 1♣, 2♥, ?
Rebid a 5 card suit? ♠AKQJ8 is certainly rebidable.
170 Go for the penalty - playing negative doubles pass and partner will double.
Don’t bid your hand 3 times – with ♠95 ♥AJ652 ♦84 ♣AK94 overcall 1♥ then pass.
Double of 1♠ shows ♥’s. Do not double 1♠ with ♠42 ♥5 ♦AK652 ♣AKQ95
Hold up – three examples of hold up play (by declarer and defender).
When partner does not re-open with a double – 1♠ dbl pass pass 3♠ is a very big hand.
Respond up-the-line or Walsh? 1♣ - 1♦ - 2NT may be a problem if you don’t play Walsh.
Which slam – with 30 points and a 5-4 ♦ fit, think about 6♦ (not 6NT).
Which slam – 1♥ - 1♠ - 4♥ is a huge hand. It is not shut-out or fast arrival.
No need to think – if you have a signalling system. HELD or upside down attitude.
171 Open 1NT with a 5 card major? pt 1 – ♠AK954 ♥K43 ♦AQ6 ♣J3
Which slam? pt 1 – with just 30 pts a 5-4 ♦ fit is better than 6NT.
Which slam? pt 2 – 1♥ - 1♠ - 4♥ shows a huge hand.
With a long minor – ♣ AQJ109763 – think (or get partner to think) 3NT.
The automatic re-opening double - 1♠ 2♥ pass pass ? with ♠Q109853 ♥42 ♦J10 ♣AKQ.
A 2♣ opener? With ♠AQ10965 ♥- ♦- ♣KQ109873 what do you open?
Respond to 2NT? Partner opens 2NT and you have ♠983 ♥J1075 ♦Q9874 ♣5.
Open 1NT with a 5 card major? pt 2 – ♠J8 ♥AQJ53 ♦QJ4 ♣A83.
172 What sort of jump shift? – ♠A7 ♥K104 ♦KJ654Q6 ♣K92 is not worth 2♦ opposite 1♣.
Bid 3NT opposite a (1♥) 1NT overcall with ♠Q98 ♥7 ♦107 ♣AQJ964.
What’s Standard? – Look it up at www.audreygrant.com.
Spot the sensible bidder – two players biding 3 card ♦ suits!
The sequence 1♣ - 1♦. Can 1♦ be 3 card? Is it alertable?
A splinter? Part 1 – 1NT - 2♥ - 2♠ - 4♦?
A splinter? Part 2 – 1♣ - 1♥ - 3♠ with ♠4 ♥AKQ2 ♦J52 ♣AKQ109.
A Competitive double – 1♥ 2♦(overcall) 2♥ dbl with ♠AQ104 ♥5 ♦6 ♣AQJ9763.
A Negative double – 1♠ 2♣(overcall) dbl with ♠873 ♥KQJ8 ♦A873 ♣97.
My treatment for negative doubles – promise the unbid major and values to compete.
What is 4♣? 1NT - 2♣ - 2♦ - 4♣ is Gerber.
173 A safety play – how to play ♠AK873 opposite ♠J7 for four tricks.
Bidding opener’s ♣ suit. A 1♣ opening may be short, but it is unwise to assume that it is.
Stay low on misfits – don’t go slamming with ♠A9853 ♥7 ♦AK9742 ♣7 opposite 1♥.
Redouble = the balance of power – don’t bid unnecessarily if LHO has redoubled you.
A splinter? – part 1. 1♠ - 3♥ is a splinter.
A splinter? – part 2. 1♥ - 1NT - 3♠ is a splinter?
A splinter? – part 3. With ♠KQ10982 ♥- ♦J10752 ♣73 simply bid 4♠ opposite 1♠.
Gambling 3NT? ♠A9 ♥5 ♦K52 ♣AKQ10942 is too strong in most people’s style.
Worth a reverse? With ♠K4 ♥A7 ♦QJ42 ♣AJ1043 I would open 1NT and not reverse.
4NT quantitative? 1♦ - 4NT is (RKC)Blackwood unless you have agreed something else.
174 The devil’s Advocate. Chuck says that you don’t need Ogust if you are disciplined.
(Penalty) double with the unexpected, with an ace and J1098 of trumps, double a slam.
Don’t double with
A reverse guarantees 4-5 or better shape, even if playing 4-card majors.
A bit pathetic? ♠9 ♥A3 ♦J762 ♣K98632 is worth 3NT opposite 1NT.
Like a bull in a china shop? 1♦ - 2♣ - 2♥ - 6NT, down 1 with 7♣ making.
A 2♣ opener? ♠6 ♥AK87543 ♦AQJ76 ♣- , I prefer 1♥.
175 The Blackwood bidder is in charge.
Blackwood (or RKCB) when a minor suit is trumps.
John Gavens has excelled himself in rudeness and is thrown out for good.
4 card majors? – with ♠J ♥AQ42 ♦AJ1042 ♣Q64 open 1♦ playing Acol.
3NT missed. ♠AJ108 ♥Q964 ♦3 ♣10986 is worth an invite (or game) opposite 1NT.
Mention the minor opposite 1NT? ♠AJ4 ♥543 ♦6 ♣KJ10872
Mention the minor opposite 1NT? ♠10 ♥AQ1063 ♦5 ♣K109862
Is 26 points enough for game? – you need more for 5♣/♦
176 Bidding Sequences – A negative double summary.
The direct jump to game (4♥/♠) is weak.
Another ‘Negative Double’ penalty missed.
When you do not re-open with a double playing negative doubles.
Just pushin’ ‘em up part 1 – in a competitive auction, 3 of your suit is not a game try.
Just pushin’ ‘em up part 2 – when partner balances, he is bidding your hand.
177 No psyches please. Psyching against lees experienced players is unsportsmanlike.
12 off the top – ♠AJ8 ♥KJ4 ♦AKJ105 ♣Q9 is worth a 2NT opener.
Don’t deny a 4 card major – with ♠A964 ♥643 ♦AKQ6 ♣Q2 respond 1♠ to 1♥.
A splinter – generally one above the (natural) forcing bid.
4th suit forcing part 1 – If you have the 4th suit, then bid NoTrump.
4th suit forcing part 2 – If you weak jump shifts then use 4th suit to force to game.
Would you open? – ♠KQJ32 ♥43 ♦Q75 ♣K94.
178 No psyches please – you cannot overcall 2♥ over 1♠ with ♠7 ♥K98632 ♦32 ♣Q642
Zero Tolerance – Bad language and behaviour will not be tolerated at this club.
A high reverse? – part 1 – 1♥ 1♠ 1NT 2♦ 3♣
A high reverse? – part 2 – 1♠ p 1NT 2♥ 3♦
A reverse guarantees 5+ in the first suit bid.
Raising the 4th suit – if it’s a major then it’s natural.
A penalty missed again – the sequence 1♥ dbl redbl pass 1NT is nonsense.
Editorial – check out the guest map on the web site.
6-2 better than 4-4? – No!
Balancing – Partner is bidding your hand, so don’t raise him.
179 Hanging partner – partner is bidding your hand when he balances.
A 4♥ opener, but what if you play Namyats? – ♠- ♥Q10876542 ♦109 ♣AK9
Negative double – or you’re fixed! – 1♥ 2♦ ? with ♠A532 ♥9 ♦9863 ♣QJ65
A 2NT opener? – ♠AQ8 ♥AK1032 ♦A102 ♣Q3
A long pause and pass fixes partner.
A 3♠ opener? – ♠KQJ10953 ♥Q98 ♦8 ♣K5.
A 2♥ opener? – ♠Q ♥AQ8743 ♦J65 ♣Q76.
An easy slam missed by most – ♠AKJ109832 ♥3 ♦9 ♣AK6 is a moose.
Don’t splinter with a singleton ace – 1♥ - 1♠ - 4♠ is a strong bid.
Pass out or try for game. After 1♠ - 2♠ ♠KJ985 ♥K4 ♦J ♣KJ1097 is worth 3♣.
Partscore or slam? – ♠QJ9 ♥- ♦AK9542 ♣AK42 is not a 2♣ opener.
Too high – open 1NT with ♠K4 ♥Q76 ♦AKJ103 ♣Q54.
180 Open 1NT with a 5 card major/ With a weak doubleton? With both?
A grand slam bid missing to aces. A RKCB cock-up?
Unauthorised information – don’t fid an unusual lead when partner has paused.
More problems – it’s usually best to make a bid if you have paused for a while.
Splinter or reverse? A reverse denies 4 card support for partner’s major.
With a good
Open 2NT with a singleton ace? OK, but not with ♠AK ♥KQ964 ♦A ♣KJ976
2320 is too much. Don’t pass after 1♣ dbl redbl pass pass ?
A perfect ‘negative double’ penalty pass – pass and await partner’s re-opening double
Support with support. A new suit opposite partner’s overcall is not forcing.
181 Values for 3NT, so bid it? Not if you have a more descriptive bid.
A grand slam bid missing to aces. A RKCB cock-up?
A Psyche? p p p 1NT p 2♣ 2♦ with ♠73 ♥1076 ♦QJ1098 ♣1052.
Can 5NT be a sensible contract? – protect the AQ of LHO’s suit.
How do you reach 4♠? 1♣ 1♦(LHO) 1♠(partner) is forcing.
Don’t pre-empt with a 4 card major. 2♦ is bad holding ♠3 ♥10753 ♦KQ9742 ♣J3
What do you lead against 3NT from ♠952 ♥K109 ♦102 ♣AK1075 ?
What do you responnd to partner’s 1NT holding ♠A109 ♥73 ♦10765 ♣A973 ?
Don’t bid your hand twice – A Cappelletti 2♠ already shows 5 ♠’s and 5 of a minor.
Too high – what do you open with ♠AQ4 ♥KJ4 ♦642 ♣AKJ4 ?
Open 1NT or get in a mess – do not reverse with ♠A94 ♥AK52 ♦10985 ♣A4
Too high – 1♠ - 1NT - 2♣ - 2♥ is a weak sequence and opener should usually pass.
183 In a mess? ♠108 ♥10985 ♦KQ8 ♣QJ87 is easily enough to respond to 1NT.
Missing slam. Do not pass after 2♣ - 2♦ - 2♠ holding ♠985 ♥Q1094 ♦Q10742 ♣5
There’s no such thing as a pre-empt over a pre-empt, any jump is strong.
Deny a 4-card major? Holding ♠J952 ♥Q ♦AKJ103 ♣Q103 respond 2♦ to 1♥.
Unlucky? With ♠KQ97 sitting over a 2♠ opener it’s reasonable to go for the penalty.
How many points is 2NT. In a sequence like 1♦ - 2♦ - 2NT, 2NT shows about 18-19.
184 Weak or strong jump shift? – Strong jump shifts make life easy.
Redouble is for blood – and a subsequent double is for penalties.
What does a 2♣ Stayman bid promise?
A jump in partner’s overcalled suit is best played as weak.
A cuebid of opener’s suit shows a sound 3-level raise of partner’s overcall.
Grumpy at it again. Do not criticise partner and opponents, especially if you are wrong.
Raising opener to 3 of his suit is not forcing – dig up a minor if necessary.
185 It’s not unusual – 2NT is not unusual in the 4th seat (it’s natural and strong)
7 ♥’s and 9 pts so open 3♥? I would open 4♥ with ♠Q ♥AQJ10632 ♦7 ♣8653
A 2NT overcall over a weak two (or Multi 2♦) is 15-18.
Slow arrival? After 1♠ - 2♣ - 3♥ then 3♠ is strong and 4♠ shows a minimal 11 pts.
The ‘automatic’ re-opening double when playing negative doubles.
A negative double by opener? 1♣ p 1♦ 1♠ dbl? does dble here show 4 ♥’s?
The 2NT rebid shows a big hand - 1♦ p 1♠ 2♣ 2NT is a big hand (not 12-14).
186 Try for game or bid it? After 1♠ - 2♠, ♠AQJ97 ♥Q ♦AQ764 ♣94 bid 4♠ or a try?
Is it forcing? 1♠ - 2NT. If you don’t play Jacoby or similar, then 2NT is 11-12. nf.
responder should bid 2NT – ♠AQ ♥Q1062 ♦J53 ♣Q1086 after
Does a negative double show the 2 unbid suits? I play that it just shows the unbid major
187 A 1-level penalty. A favourable vul, go for the penalty rather than 3NT.
A poor bid that turned out lucky? With Axx over a pre-empt, think 3NT.
Play Benjamin two’s or Multi – a simple slam missed because of a big 3NT bid.
The Kokish relay - 2♣ - 2♦ - 2♥ - 2♠ - 2NT = a balanced 25+
The Gambling 3NT and responses.
Don’t double with
a flat hand – with ♠542 ♥Q1053 ♦KQ5 ♣AK3 pass if
your hand improved – pt 1, ♠K1084 ♥K75 ♦64 ♣AJ87 when
When your hand improved – pt 2, ♠9 ♥Q10842 ♦J9842 ♣65 when partner opens 1♦.
Open 1NT and partner is the captain – do not remove his penalty double.
The play’s the thing – AK9 opposite 10842, play A and then K when all follow.
188 Editorial: Rudeness will not be tolerated at this club, expect to be expelled.
Never deny a 4 card major. With ♠10962 ♥A106 ♦J9 ♣K1072 respond 1♠, not 1NT to 1♣
The Law of total tricks: you can sacrifice above the law, especially at favourable vul.
Walsh finds the 4-4 fit. 1♣ - 1♦ - 2NT - pass may miss a 4-4 major fit not playing Walsh.
Applying the Law. With ♠Q98652 ♥- ♦76 ♣K1054 opposite partner’s 1♠ overcall.
Worth a jump invite? ♠A6542 ♥32 ♦A4 ♣AK73, 1♠ - 2♠ - ? Make a noise or pass?
A dummy reversal. ♠642 ♥Q75 ♦QJ8 ♣K985 opposite ♠- ♥AKJ106 ♦10965 ♣AJ72
The 4♥/♠ rebid is a big hand. 1♠ - 2♠ - 4♠ shows 18+
When your 1NT opening is interfered with – play Lebensohl.
Slow arrival: 2♣ - 2♦ - 2♠ - 2NT - 3♦ - 4♦, 4♦ is interested in slam.
189 Editorial: The short ♣ (if mat be 2 cards) needs alerting.
Why bid past game? – Do not call the director just because the opponents have bid badly.
Deduct a point for 4333 shape – open 1NT with ♠KJ63 ♥K72 ♦A106 ♣AK4
Who’s the joker – it’s Chuck psyching a cue bid.
Garbage Stayman - 2♣ opposite 1NT with ♠J762 ♥KJ102 ♦873 ♣Q9 is simply gambling.
Psyching at our club – it is not allowed, including psychic cue bids or controls.
Never deny a 4 card major – with ♠8532 ♥A103 ♦A87 ♣QJ6 respond 1♠ (not 2NT) to 1♦.
It’s not forcing: 1♣ - 1♥ - 1NT - 3♥ is not forcing in Standard American (it is in Acol).
It’s not forcing: 1♥ - 1♠ - 3♥ is not forcing in either system.
Balancing – after pass, pass, pass, 1♣, pass, 1♥, pass, pass – then bid!
190 Don’t bid Blackwood with a void – splinter or Exclusion RKCB.
2/1 makes slam bidding a cinch – 1♥ - 2♦ - 2♥ - 3♥ is looking for slam.
A jump raise promises 4 card support – 1♠ - 3♠ should show 4 ♠’s.
Namyats does not leave partner guessing – open 4♦ with ♠KQJ10973 ♥- ♦Q109 ♣AK8
Double is playable in the unbid suits – both if opponents have bid two suits.
Don’t ask unless you need to know – leave questions to the end of the auction.
An ‘impossible’ response? You hold ♠AQ2 ♥Q94 ♦92 ♣AKQ94 and partner opens 1♣.
Splinter – with ♠6 ♥Q1062 ♦K96 ♣AK1074 bid 3♠ when partner opens 1♥.
Who underbid? 1♦ - 1♥ - 1♠ is not forcing, so jump with 20 points.
Worth a raise to 3♥? Vulnerable, raise 1♥ to 2♥ with ♠964 ♥Q9854 ♦KQ3 ♣43.
Do not open 1NT with a singleton – even a singleton ace. It is not allowed.
What is 4♣ after a transfer. It’s ace ask but is a cue bid if partner super-accepts.
191 Take-out double with 5 points? – maybe when balancing!
Negative double to show the other major – or you’ll have problems later.
A 5-3 fit ♥/♠is not always better than 3NT – especially with 28-30 combined points.
Don’t pull partner’s run out – when being doubled, don’t bid a new suit at the 3 level.
You don’t miss the penalty when playing negative doubles.
192 KJxxxx is not 4 points when partner bids the suit!
A mini splinter – 1♥ - 3♦ is a mini splinter if you play them.
A weak jump shift – 1♦ - 2♠ is a weak jump shift if you agree to play them.
Passed out – ♠AQ108 ♥Q7653 ♦J53 ♣Q is a clear opener.
The most abused convention out there – Unusual NoTrump/Michaels.
Intermediated count – K432 is 3 points, K1098 is 4+ points, especially in No Trumps.
A comedy of errors – a new (minor) suit at the 4 level is forcing!
193 An ‘impossible’ bid – after 1♣ dbl redbl 1♦ then a 1NT bid by you is nonsense. Pass!
The three level is too high - 1♣ dbl 3♣ then don’t dbl (Responsive) with a flat 9 points.
Don’t open a vulnerable 4♥ in 1st seat with ♥J1086543 unless you play Namyats.
It’s not forcing – 1♠ - 2♦ - 3♦ - 3♠ is not forcing, it shows 11-12 points and 3 ♠’s.
Slam missing two
aces – don’t mix up
Go for the
penalty? – partner opens 1♥,
Muiderberg – A weak 2♥/♠ opening showing 5 of the major bid and a 4+ card minor.
With ♠A10 ♥J8532 ♦K87 ♣752 transfer and pass opposite partner’s 1NT opening.
Don’t pass partner’s take-out double of a pre-empt just because you have no points.
194 A two-level bid after
Rudeness and bad behaviour at our club will not be tolerated – 4 players are now warned.
Don’t make gestures or talk during the auction/play.
How to find a specific king using Roman Keycard Blackwood.
A Lay-down 7NT? – a set play problem.
Defence to weak twos – parts 1,2,3
Go for the vulnerable penalty – 2♣ 2♠ dbl is penalties, so pass with a flat 2♣ opener.
195 Not suitable for 1NT – ♠A10754 ♥A2 ♦AK102 ♣K10 is far too good for 1NT.
Suitable for 1NT? – ♠K5 ♥KJ1052 ♦KJ52 ♣K10 – I opened a strong 1NT.
Restricted choice – a complex subject but there are a couple of simple ‘rules’
8 ever, 9 never – but not when restricted Choice applies.
An interesting mis-fit – a bid in the ‘sandwich seat’ is a very good long suit.
What’s a jump to 2NT after partner has passed? – 1♣ pass pass 1♣ 2NT?
Super accept! When you open 2NT and partner transfers into your 4 card major.
No Trump promises a stop after 4th suit forcing
An overbid – with ♠95 ♥A832 ♦Q2 ♣KJ1085 bid 3♥ opposite a 1♥ opening.
An underbid – with ♠J8 ♥Q53 ♦KQJ53 ♣K93, 2NT is not enough after 1♣ - 1♦ - 1♥.
196 The Unassuming Cue bid – 4 examples in one week!
Hanging partner – Don’t jump to 3NT with a flat 13 when partner balances with dbl.
The jump to 3NT when partner reverses – shows about 8-11 points.
Double followed by a raise shows a good hand.
Forced to pass after partner’s hesitation? No! You simply need a clear bid.
197 Behavior at our club – Chuck is finally chucked out for good.
Negative Doubles part 1 – 1♦ - 2♣(overcall) 2♥ promises 10+ points.
Negative Doubles part 2 – 1♦ - 2♣(overcall) pass pass 2♦ is long ♦’s and weak.
Some people play that a 2♣ opening is either the traditional strong hand or a weak 2♦.
Lead partner’s suit against No trump – especially if he has bid it twice and doubled!
Raising a 1NT response to 2NT shows about 17 points.
Raising a 1NT rebid (12-14) to 2NT shows about 11-12 points even in competition.
That abused Michaels again - ♠Q1086 ♥AK643 ♦63 ♣AJ don’t bid 2♣ over 1♣.
198 Double and bid shows a big hand
Do not bid when partner redoubles – partner is often looking for a penalty.
Do not double (take-out) with unsuitable hands.
199 Change of suit over partner’s overcall is non-forcing.
Overcall with a 2-suiter? – only double with a strong hand.
Don’t double to show an opening hand, and a double of 2♠ usually shows 4 ♥’s.
Don’t be bullied into bidding 2NT but prefer to defend.
200 “The definitive guide to (strong) No Trump Bidding, Stayman and Transfers” is published
Sacrifice in No Trumps? – it’s possible if you have a long suit.
Hand Evaluation part 1 – Beware of quacks and a poor trump suit.
Hand Evaluation part 2 – ♠K5 ♥7432 ♦A52 ♣J854 is not worth a noise opposite 1NT.
The play’s the thing – 3 examples of basic play technique.
You hold ♠AQ94 ♥AQ83 ♦J832 ♣10 opposite a 1NT opener – splinter!
The sequence 1NT - 2♥ - dbl is penalties and it’s best to play Lebensohl.
Summary after partner’s 1NT opening is overcalled.
Pass partner’s weak jump shift unless you have good support for his suit.
After 1♣/♦/♥/♠ - dbl – redbl all subsequent doubles by opener or responder are penalties.
Do not bid Blackwood with a void – Use Josaphine GSF if only top trumps are missing.
A double of Stayman means ♣’s.
201 Don’t double with length in the suit opened.
What do you bid with ♠62 ♥9 ♦1072 ♣KJ98742 opposite a 1NT opener?
Over a 2♠ opener, consider 3NT rather than double if you have a ♠ stop.
What do you bid with ♠10♥76 ♦AJ1075 ♣K10532 opposite a 1NT opener?
202 The Unassuming Cue Bid keeps you low opposite a weakfish overcall.
A two-level overcall promises opening values.
Pre-empt to the limit at once – three separate articles from one week!
What is a 2♥/♠ opening in 4th seat?
A note on 1430 – it is only applicable to the response to 4NT and not to the king ask.
Don’t bid your hand twice – a double of 1NT already shows 15-18 points.
A bid when
Open 1NT with a balanced 15-17 – ♠AJ8 ♥Q876 ♦AQ86 ♣QJ.
Balancing. If partner passes an opening bid from LHO he may have 14 or so points.
203 It’s simply bad manners – continually arrive late and you won’t get a game.
That 4333 type shape again – part 1. ♠K74 ♥A85 ♦AJ76 ♣QJ3 is not worth a strong 1NT.
That 4333 type shape again – part 2. ♠KJ64 ♥QJ10 ♦A85 ♣742 is not worth a 4th seat opener.
Worth a limit raise or game? ♠AJ10 ♥1075 ♦AK852 ♣106 opposite a 1♥ opening.
Don’t bid again having pre-empted ♠J10 ♥KQ9543 ♦10876 ♣K is a 2♥ opener, that’s all.
What to do opposite a weak 2♠? Is ♠106 ♥AQJ7 ♦AQ97 ♣Q42 worth an effort?
What to do opposite a weak 3♥? Is ♠A104 ♥2 ♦KQJ32 ♣KJ63 worth 3NT or 4♥?
Bid both suits when 5-4. ♠AK987 ♥J ♦8762 ♣A85 – open 1♠ and rebid 2♦ over 1NT.
Don’t bid you hand 3 times. ♠A8 ♥AKJ1097 ♦KQ3 ♣A8 2♣ - 2♦ - 2♥ - 2♠ - 3♥ - 3♠ bid 4♠.
204 It’s rarely correct to transfer to a minor – with ♠AJ7 ♥K92 ♦3 ♣Q107652 raise 1NT to 3NT
Raising partner directly to game is weak. 1♦ dbl 5♦ is a pre-emptive raise.
Play in a Moysian fit? After 1♣ - 1♦ - 1♥ bid 2♥ with ♠86 ♥A98 ♦Q532 ♣A1054
on a 3-1 fit. If you really want to play
A jump raise is pre-emptive after a double.
A take-out double is short in the suits bid – with length/strength in their suits bid NoTrump
Don’t double at the 3♠ level without shape - ♠K7 ♥A86 ♦A8542 ♣AJ6 is not good enough.
Look for the 4-4 fit. With ♠J9 ♥K852 ♦J982 ♣642 opposite 2NT bid 3♣ Stayman.
205 I have finally decided to get a mobile phone - 0867445386.
Raising partner’s 1NT response to 2NT - ♠AQJ64 ♥106 ♦AJ3 ♣QJ5 is not enough.
Confused by “The Law”. Raising 1♠ to 3♠ is 11-12 points, not pre-emptive.
You need shape to overcall a string NT. Not ♠QJ932 ♥AJ9 ♦J2 ♣Q73 when vulnerable.
It’s often good to pre-empt 3♣/♦ with a good 6-card suit - ♠QJ4 ♥J ♦1092 ♣AQJ874.
The Championship Races. Provisional positions have been calculated.
You need 12+ points (or shape) to raise partner’s 1♥/♠ to game.
strong Michaels Cue Bid – with ♠AQJ876
♥KQJ865 ♦- ♣A3 bid 2♣ over
A double fit is good – try Stayman Super Accepts.
206 Obey the Law. With ♠Q1082 ♥842 ♦A1062 ♣A75 compete to 3♠ opposite a 1♠ overcall.
Upgrade hands with good suits. ♠A3 ♥K6 ♦J874 ♣AKQ109 is too good for 1NT.
Support partner. With ♠3 ♥K94 ♦AQ1095 ♣KJ43 raise partner’s ♥ response.
Don’t double ♠’s holding 5+ ♥’s – with ♠- ♥AKQJ1075 ♦KQ83 ♣A3 overcall 4♥ over 3♠.
Be wary when the opponents play negative doubles – you may get clobbered one higher.
The take-out double – do not double 1♦ holding ♠9543 ♥Q42 ♦AKQ97 ♣K.
A new suit opposite partner’s pre-empt is forcing.
An unnecessary jump is a splinter. 1♥ - 2♣ - 3♠ is a splinter agreeing ♣’s.
Don’t lead what declarer leads, even if it was partner’s initial lead.
Open a hand with a 6-card major. ♠QJ10642 ♥- ♦KQ107 ♣982 is a 2♠ opener.
A raise by opener only guarantees 3 cards. 1♣ - 1♥ - 2♥ may be 3 card support.
Don’t automatically “cover an honour with an honour”.
207 How to play in a 4-1 fit missing KQJxxx.
Keep quiet with an 18 count? 1♦ pass 2♦ 2♠ dbl shows a good hand with 4 good ♠’s.
Finding a 4-4 ♠ fit after partner’s 1NT opening as been overcalled wit 2♥. – Lebensohl.
208 Don’t double when you can overcall. Over 1♥ bid 2♦ with ♠KQ♥108♦AKJ1042♣QJ5
Don’t double when you can overcall. Over 1♥ bid 2♣ with ♠J73♥Q107♦1032♣AKQ65
A simple play problem.
Open 1NT with a balanced 15-17, ♠AJ72 ♥932 ♦KQ6 ♣AQ6
Giving count (2 examples), especially with a long suit in dummy.
Redouble! Pard opens 1♣,
4NT having bid 4♣ Gerber is to play.
Don’t pass when 5-6 in the majors. 1♦ p 2NT bid 3♦ with ♠K10643 ♥986542 ♦4 ♣7
Minor suit slams (1). You hold ♠AJ109♥K84♦KQJ2♣Q2 and partner opens 1NT.
Minor suit slams (2). 2/1 really makes life easy.
Too strong for a pre-empt. Open 1♣ with ♠A ♥K6 ♦A76 ♣J1087543.
209 If RHO opens and LHO bids 1NT over your 1♠ overcall, don’t come in later with 3♠.
Strange results: eight articles on silly contracts at just one table.
Negative doubles and the ‘automatic’ re-opening double – 3 articles.
210 You can underlead an ace against 3NT.
Transfer and then bid another suit – ♠QJ1062 ♥A7 ♦Q854 ♣98 opposite 1NT.
Systems on / systems off. When a 1NT opening or overcall is interfered with.
Alert conventional bids. Multi Landy, Cappelletti etc. need alerting.
211 Bid that 7 card major – ♠AQJ10865 ♥53 ♦J7 ♣84 is far too good to pass as dealer.
A great 18 opposite a 1NT response is worth game – ♠A86543 ♥A10 ♦K86 ♣AK
Don’t bid again having pre-empted – ♠J75 ♥KQ9864 ♦AJ4 ♣2 is too strong for 2♥.
When your hand improves – don’t open 2♠ with ♠QJ7654 ♥63 ♦- ♣QJ1074.
Another slam, 3 more slam deals.
Play Multi Landy. 2♦ Cappelletti with 5-4 in the majors sucks when pard is 2-2 or 3-3.
4♣ after a transfer (1NT - 2♦ - 2♥ - 4♣) asks for keycards.
Agree DOPI after Blackwood is interfered with.
212 A good hand for 2/1 – playing constructive raises keeps you low with a poor dummy.
Big balanced hands – A comparison between Benjamin and Multi 2♦ with 25+.
A basic end-play.
Missing the 4-4 major suit fit. Four (!) examples from one day’s play.
Giving a lesson during the play – and then going down in a cold contract!
Double having overcalled with 1NT is penalties.
Responding to take-out doubles – a non-jump is 0-8
With ♠A108 ♥AKQJ10653 ♦83 ♣- open 4♥ (or 4♣ playing Namyats)
With ♠AK7 ♥J1098
♦J1063 ♣AQ overcall 1NT rather than double over
With ♠AKJ ♥Q8 ♦KJ6 ♣AKJ86 open 2♣ rather than 2NT. That ♣ suit is great.
A new suit opposite a pre-empt is forcing. RONF (raise only non-forcing).
213 A double of 1NT is for penalties
Balancing with 1NT. – a scheme for No Trump bids in the balancing seat.
Be wary of raising a minor past 3NT. 1♦ - 1♥ - 3♣, 3♣ may be ‘dug up’.
5-6 in the majors is a great hand. Don’t defend 3NT with ♠KQJ106 ♥QJ7542 ♦- ♣74
3NT or bid the ♠’s? When there’s no room bid 3NT with a stop in opponent’s suit.
214 That dreaded 4333 type shape yet again.
Protect that Kx – bid the opponent’s suit to ask for a stop.
The problem with Jacoby 2NT – Jacoby 2NT as 12+ and unlimited is unsatisfactory.
A 3-level weak jump overcall has to be a good suit if vulnerable.
Bid 3NT or look for a 4-4 major fit?
The help-suit game try can also be a slam try.
Be wary of a vulnerable pre-empt over a strong NoTrump.
215 Moving yet again? We will be moving as soon as we find a suitable venue.
The Unassuming Cue bid – two examples
1NT in the
The Gambling 3NT scores a top - ♠8 ♥Q108 ♦AKQ10832 ♣J9
3NT missed – 1 - ♠9 ♥A43 ♦AKQ864 ♣AJ10 is too good for 2NT after 1♦ - 1♠
Respond 3♦ with a 3 card suit? If you don’t play Jacoby 2NT you may have to.
3NT missed – 2 – convert partner’s double of 3♦ or bid 3NT?
A comfortable slam – ♠AKQ104 ♥A2 ♦KJ754 ♣K is too good for 3NT after 1♠ - 2♦
216 The Unassuming Cue yet again
Bid 3NT or double with a 4-card major over their pre-empt?
The hold-up. Sometimes you have to disregard the rule of 7 and hold up twice.
If you show both majors over opponent’s strong NT and bid again it’s a huge hand.
Balancing – a double in the pass out seat may be as few as 8 points.
A good or bad 4♠ opening? - ♠102 ♥K652 ♦AQ83 ♣A52 is not enough for slam.
How do you play your negative doubles? – does 1♥ 2♦ dbl show both majors or just ♠’s?
217 It’s rarely correct to raise partner’s minor past 3NT
3NT or 4♥/♠ with a 5-3 fit – two articles
Overcall 1NT over 1♠ with two Kx’s – ♠K2 ♥KJ ♦A10843 ♣AK96 or bid 2♦?
Too good for 4♠. ♠AJ1098543 ♥K3 ♦A ♣73 is too good unless you play 4♦ Namyats.
When your Stayman 2♣ bid gets doubled.