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Bridge Adages


by Di Brooks

Another of Di's Famous Adages

For newer players trying to understand the merits of bidding in reply to partner's opening '1' of a suit, we look for a major suit. The difference with the opening 1H or 1S, this shows a 5 card suit, but when it's a 1C or 1D opening, we bid a four card suit, when holding 6+ points. Now here's a ditty to get your teeth around:-

When opener bids 1H or 1S, if you raise to 2H or 2S, it's a "One -Two, that will do" or in more rougher terms, One Up, Shut Up!!!!

This also applies to the opener's rebid. For example:

NESW
1CPASS1HPASS
2C   

Or 2H ... One, Two, that will do. In other words, Opener has a minimum point count for his range.

This is the same for the Responder:

NESW
1CPASS1HPASS
1NTPASS2H 

South hasn't made any attempt to look for game, so his bid says, don't go any further.

Again, One, Two, that will do.

Responding with 10 - 12 points, we bid either two new denominations, or we give a jump bid, supporting opener's suit.

NESW
1SPASS3S 

3S=Invitation to go Game with a 15 count or 6 losers

Or

NESW
1DPASS1HPASS
3H   

3H=Invitation to South, to go Game if they hold 9 points or more.

So remember, if you hold 6-9 points, watch out for opener's change of suit, or jump bid, otherwise, a One-Two, that actually will do.

Happy bridging

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