Bridge I.Q. Lesson

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 2:15pm
Lesson Type: Opening leads

 

Dlr: North
Vul: None
 
 
  J5
  84
  J73
  AKQ1042
 
 
 
 
   97
   952
   AQ94
   J875
  106
  AQJ103
  K1085   
  96
 
 
 
 
  AKQ8432
  K76 
  62   
  3
 
 
 
 

 

 North  East  South  West
 1C  1H  1S  2H
 Pass  Pass  3H  Pass
  3S  Pass  4S All Pass
Opening Lead  Heart 5

 

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Question:  Playing 2 over 1 my partner opened 1 heart and I bid 2 clubs. he now bid 3 spades. I thought he had something like 6-5 in the majors. It turns out he had a singleton. Let's just say we got to the wrong contract. What should the 3 spade bid mean? 

Answer: Playing 2 over 1 you never have to jump to show any extra points. If partner had hearts and spades he could bid 2 spades, and not have to fear you passing, as you are in a game forcing auction. Partner's 3 spade bid is a splinter bid, showing a singleton or void and club support. By doing this it allows you to judge if 3 no trump is the right contract. If you have strong spades you can bid 3 no trump (or more), and partner will not have to worry about his singleton. If you have a shaky sapde stopper, or no stopper, then you will have to figure out how many clubs to play in.   

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                    You have:

                              AQ864

                              K75

                              AQ

                              Q85

                 You open 1 spade ( 1 no trump is a reasonable choice ). Partner responds 1 no trump, forcing. The opponents pass. What do you bid now?

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