Most new players will have learnt the basics about three level preempts: seven card suits and 6 to 10 points. But what then? Here is a typical preempt of 3C that did not lead to the best final outcome for most NS pairs. Board 9
MrQ: This hand was played against us by NS in 3NT after my partner opened 2S and North bid 3NT. We have been investigating Polish Club bidding system recently and this one beautifully bids to 6H – if West doesn’t open, North opens 1C (in
MrQ: Could NS argue that West’s 1H was a psychic bid? Only 6 points but theoretically 6 losers (2 in each present suit if you count it the easy way). They did not end up in game because of aggressive (and deceiving?) bidding from West
MrQ: Too aggressive bidding from West? Guru: Not at all. Stupid bidding by South. West should always go to 5 of a minor if NS are to be believed, but if East believes that NS are clueless (why bid a FORCING 3S) then East should
MrQ: Should East bid 4S straightaway knowing that NS has game values? Would you open 1S here, not 2S? Guru: Yes, to both questions. East should definitely bid 4S, knowing that NS have the values not EW but EW have a big fit. West should
MrQ: Seems like West should have opened 4♥ straight away. Anyway he opened 3♥, shouldn’t North first double and then (after 3♠ from South) bid 4♦ (showing 16+) which South would then raise to 5♦? What if West opened 4♥ – what should North bid?
MrQ: Should East raise it to 4♠ preemptively? Wouldn’t S bid to 5♦ anyway? You guys doubled 4♠, didn’t bid 5♦. Guru: Yes, East should bid 4♠ every time when West bids 3♠ and that is not necessarily preemptive since there is a TEN card