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
For those readers who read the Special with the play problem: thank you for the many entries, it is clear that it is easier to do things ‘double dummy’ than at the table. The interesting thing about that particular deal is that the play at
MrQ: Good result but the bidding was a bit awkward and … risky? I didn’t want to just rebid 2D as I felt I need to force my partner to bid again. I was hoping she would rebid spades to show me 5 of them.
MrQ: South’s negative double and then 2S bid confused me. I passed expecting South to have at least 5 spades. South expected me to bid again. Was 2S by South forcing for 1 round? What should the bidding look like here? Guru: South’s double followed by
Bidding: East opens 1D – 1S – (X); 3S – ALL PASS MrQ: I guess North had 3 options after 3S: PASS, X, 4H. Which one do you think is the most reasonable? I think I would double for takeout (having all other suits covered)
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
In match point play you have to be prepared to compete, but at the same time not overdo it. Here is a good example: Board 14 from Thursday 7/06/2018. Dealer E Nil Vul After two passes, West has a reasonable third in hand opening bid: 1D.
MrQ: Is there a way to bid this to 4♠ not opening 5-card spade? At the other table opposition bid 4♠ – they were playing Standard American so was easier for them as 1♠ showed 5 of them straight away. Guru: Shouldn’t be a problem.
Those EW pairs who were prepared to bid their diamond fit to the max did well. Board 17 from Thursday 10/05/2018 Dealer N Nil Vul When North opens 1C, East can either overcall 1D or make a weak jump overcall to 2D. Either one will