How many trumps is enough to support responder?

You open 1C, partner responds 1S. Do you rebid clubs, bid 1NT or support partner’s spade suit?

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  1. Profile photo of joanbutts joanbutts says:

    Opened 1C and raised partner’s 1S response to 2S. This was doubled and got left in! Led up to the %u2666K early and ruffed two diamonds. Made 11 for 770.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P

  2. Profile photo of irene3213 irene3213 says:

    Certainly didn’t do as well – but I did win 8/5.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

  3. Profile photo of lisas lisas says:

    Hint was NT – no way bid clubs but ended up S 9/4

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  4. Profile photo of luciller luciller says:

    2S X. Making 4.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P

  5. Profile photo of evkitchin evkitchin says:

    Hit wrong meant to pass 2s
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P 2N
    P 4 P P
    P

  6. Profile photo of banksia9 banksia9 says:

    Could only manage 9 tricks 🙁
    I needed to do more ruffing.
    At trick 12, I found myself leading from the North hand with QT. I had to decide whether to play for a singleton K or J. Got it wrong. As always, better not to get in that spot!
    Many thanks for the kind words re the cruise starting in 2 hours. I have been unable to respond to most. Sydney to Sydney circumnavigating South America. The Opera House is outside my window. Does it get any better than this?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

  7. Profile photo of lynng lynng says:

    I stuck out my tongue. I said Nanny, nanny, boo boo. I wiggled my tail like the squirrels do to me when I chase them out of the orange tree. Still the opponents didn’t X me @drroflstomp. What more could I do? I need serious advice! Bon Voyage @banksia9
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

  8. Profile photo of graybill graybill says:

    So jealous @banksia9. Hope you have wifi on your cruise so we can still see you on SBC. You’re an inspiration.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  9. Profile photo of ted11 ted11 says:

    Bid 2, made 4. Unbiddeble though.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  10. Profile photo of bajir bajir says:

    Decided to pass after 1. The hint suggested 1NT but I would rather play in 1 than 1NT or in any suit contract at the 2-level. Though I didn’t think about the possibility that they might X a 2 bid – very cool to those who managed to get them into that trouble! Was able to get that 9th trick by playing a sure loser to get two rounds of s out of the way so I could rough a before drawing the last round of trumps. Fun hand!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P P
    P

  11. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    Ended up in 2 S contract .Ist time only made 7 tricks but 2nd go made 9 tricks X by West i think.Did not draw in missing trumps on 2nd attempt;which is usually my downfall!!!! but it worked for me this time Pretty happy with that after an average day at Bridge in SA cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P

  12. Profile photo of golfmadviv golfmadviv says:

    Happy crusing @banksia9, enjoy the views
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

  13. Profile photo of coombes1952 coombes1952 says:

    @bancsia I do hope you are able to continue to play on your trip…Ialways read your analysis on the hands played. Bon voyage!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P

  14. Profile photo of coombes1952 coombes1952 says:

    @ banksia9…obviously can’t spell!..or remember your tag
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P

  15. Profile photo of trump trump says:

    Made 9 only at the third go by holding off drawing trumps and ruffing. Good hand to practise.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

  16. Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

    Nice one, @trump. Yes, it’s a good hand to not draw trumps on and score your trumps separately. Well done!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P
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  17. I see no one else ended in a NT; interesting? Was my bidding flawed? At any rate, I did make contract.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2N
    P P P

  18. Profile photo of johna johna says:

    Made 9 tricks in 2S. Not sure why computer doubled. No idea how Joan made 11 tricks. I can envisage 10 tricks is possible but keep seeing 3 losers when looking at the four hands so it might need a computer glitch lead.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P XX
    P P P

  19. Profile photo of johna johna says:

    Having said I couldn’t see 11 tricks I just played it again and Lo and behold, made 11 tricks for a top board!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P XX
    P P P

  20. decided from start to use ruffs it worked
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

  21. Profile photo of wemmie wemmie says:

    Went to 2s and made them. Don,t know how u made 11,!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P

  22. Bid 4 spades & made it
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 4
    P P P

  23. Profile photo of fishy fishy says:

    made 9
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P P
    P

  24. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    @bajir where do I find the hint ? Today I bid 1S and made 7. I didn’t play the trump well the first time. Live and learn.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P P
    P

  25. Profile photo of rita928 rita928 says:

    Played and made 2SX, I am going to try to follow the hint, bid NT and see what happens!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P

  26. Profile photo of rita928 rita928 says:

    Bid 1N, per hint but still ended in 2S, not X, only made 7; so much better the 1st time.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

  27. Profile photo of blondie58 blondie58 says:

    ended up in 2S… made 3…. where is the hint?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  28. Profile photo of cobalt cobalt says:

    @graeme and @bajir why are we not getting instructional videos on this website anymore? I really miss them!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

    • Profile photo of bajir bajir says:

      Hey @cobalt – the last couple months we have been focusing on making videos about interesting recent hands rather than the random daily hands. We’ve emailed these out to all our Royals – have you received these? What we’ve liked about doing these hands is it has allowed us to choose pretty interesting hands rather than whatever random daily hand came up. But we’re still experimenting! I’d LOVE to hear your feedback and ideas, which type of videos you prefer, etc. Send me your thoughts at hello@skybridgeclub.com 🙂

  29. Profile photo of sumitra sumitra says:

    Graeme.
    I was impressed that you could make 11 tricks. I was wondering if we can have a display of your play in order to understand how you made 11. I also would like to know if we can have a display of hand on daily basis who was able to make the most tricks out of the given hand so that we can understand how it was played.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P P
    P

  30. Started off as I left yesterday, going down on first hand. So many made it! Played again in a doubled contract & this time made it, but glad no money involved…
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P

  31. Can I replay this hand?

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  32. Profile photo of squarepeg61 squarepeg61 says:

    Ended up in 2S and made nine tricks with some ruffing.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

  33. Profile photo of jearl jearl says:

    I really miss the videos too! No good to me if its possible to make 11 tricks, if I can’t see how it is done.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P

    • Profile photo of bajir bajir says:

      We’ve been making them! Many have been sent out just to our Royal Members, but we’ve emailed quite a few interesting recent hands to our free members too. Check out the homepage to see some of the recent hands we’ve covered. 🙂

  34. Profile photo of johna johna says:

    Replayed it again this morning and took 5 attempts to get 11 tricks. For the benefit of you who are trying, the key is to duck the heart lead as the 10H makes. Come across to the AC. Lead a low D to bring out the AD. W leads a heart that you take in hand with the AH. Cross ruff 3 clubs and 2 diamonds. Fortunately you cover W and E trumps on each of the last two ruffs. Forgot what happened next but that should help. The trick is to NOT draw trumps.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P XX
    P P P

  35. Profile photo of cookers cookers says:

    My iPad went crazy, up at the beach using hotspot
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  36. Profile photo of delta delta says:

    2Sx Made 8
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    X P P P

  37. Profile photo of jellybean jellybean says:

    Played in 3 spades and made 9
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  38. Profile photo of megs megs says:

    Did the same bidding as you Joan but only made 10. Cross trumped all the way so will try another strategy to see if I can make 11. Love the chance to practice. Thank you .
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  39. Profile photo of jeanne jeanne says:

    2S and made 9 tricks
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

  40. Profile photo of evereece evereece says:

    Bid 2 sp making 3…fun hand, but aren’t they all? 🙂
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

  41. Profile photo of evereece evereece says:

    Bid two spades made two spades…tried playing several time, always coming up with the same contract. What is a “royal membership”…I do need help to stretch myself beyond the safe zone!

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1 P 1N
    P 2 P P
    P

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