A reverse bid is when openers second bid will force partner to the 3 level. So you need to be strong.16+ right? And on this hand we only have 15 and the shape isn’t great.

But Tina just feels like making that reverse bid anyway. Then her partner jumps straight to slam. Aargh!!

Watch the video to see if Tina’s intuition pays off.

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  1. @tina – why did partner jump to slam after my rebid?

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  2. Profile photo of rajika rajika says:

    Went for 6NT, and made 12 Tricks….
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  3. Profile photo of crunchie crunchie says:

    Video is not working, but I am presuming so many people got into slam via a reverse 2s bid which excited computer greatly. Or does conventional standard american bidding get you there @tina? Certainly, in acol world i think a 1 nt rebid is most conventional and partner rightly passes it.

    And thanks for the lead west! And covering my sucker qd lead.
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  4. Profile photo of MargM MargM says:

    6 nt and made it
    Hope the day continues to be as good
    Mm
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  5. Profile photo of jan1 jan1 says:

    Excellent made 13.
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  6. Profile photo of valjef valjef says:

    @graeme you are amazing. I learn SOOO much from you!!! Imade12 tricks and am now going to bid 7NT and try and get your 13 tricks!!!
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  7. Profile photo of up1tick up1tick says:

    2nd try – made 13 — need to be smarter to make 13 on first try
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  8. Profile photo of camelotkzn camelotkzn says:

    Wow – I nearly freaked when partner jumped to slam but ………………. thrilled to make 13 tricks!
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  9. Just middle of the road here, stopped at 3 nt, made 11.
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  10. Profile photo of monty27dog monty27dog says:

    Made 12 in 3nt but can’t get video to work… it says its private @tina
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  11. Profile photo of sbc49506742 sbc49506742 says:

    49506742 Ditto on the video non-function. I didn’t even think of going to slam…and was very happy to make 12 tricks.
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  12. Profile photo of janemart janemart says:

    Yes @Tina , Please try to get that video working. They’re always worth working and now we all want to know. Why did partner jump to slam? I didn’t realise I was doing anything clever like a reverse (whatever that is). I just thought it was worth mentioning spades.
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  13. Profile photo of janemart janemart says:

    @Tina Sorry, I meant your videos were always worth watching, (not working). Although, now I come to think, the work you put into them is worth it too for the pleasure and interest it gives the rest of us.
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  14. Profile photo of AgnesMin25 AgnesMin25 says:

    Made 12 tricks but what a shock when when partner bit 6C Aaaah.
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  15. Profile photo of sbc30061059 sbc30061059 says:

    partner jumped to 6NT and I gasped! But made it!
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  16. Profile photo of sallym sallym says:

    Must have played poorly first time – only made 10 – but only bid 3NT. Played again, bid slam and made 13. It’s always easier the second time.%uD83D%uDE1C
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  17. Profile photo of jeffs jeffs says:

    I’m also interested to know why (playing Acol) a second round bid of 2 spades gets the computer excited enough to jump directly to 6NT. As it happens I made 7 as both the diamond and heart finesses work but I’m still interested to know.
    All I (and I assume many others) are doing is showing a second suit since partner doesn’t like my suit and I don’t like his/hers. I’m not showing excessive strength, but enough to show a second 4 card suit.
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    • Profile photo of bajir bajir says:

      It is a great question @jeffs – be sure to check out the video we did for this hand. And read @chance22 ‘s fantastic comment below about transfers. I ALWAYS forget about them and usually end up in a big mess. It’s nice when you end up in a hand where one’s accidental transfer actually leads to a good result! 🙂

  18. Profile photo of mcfluff mcfluff says:

    13 tricks very nice!
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  19. Profile photo of chance22 chance22 says:

    A little research about reverses (from another person trying to learn):

    1. On the Sky BC page on reverses are a couple of videos with Tina and Bajir.

    2. Simplest definition I found (from Wikipedia): “William S. Root [defines it] as ‘…a nonjump bid at the two-level in a new suit that ranks higher than the suit you bid first’ ”

    3. I searched to try to find the REASON for it, or the logic behind it. In other words, what about this situation would make it suitable for showing extra points (and worth giving up your simple ability to show your second suit)? Without spending all day on it, I found only one explanation, again from Wikipedia. The example was 1C – 1S; 2H: “Note responder avoided making an initial response of 1H. Despite this, opener chose to bid 2H, apparently seeking a fit that is unlikely to exist. This seemingly odd bidding is the ‘reverse’ of what one would expect with a minimum hand (keeping the bidding low) and is used only with strong hands as it consumes bidding space.” Not great, but helpful. I am still not sure why it is worth it, but….

    4. A story about it from “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Bridge” by H. Anthony Medley, p. 142. This stuck with me and I was able to find it by searching for “reverse bridge ‘looked at me'”

    “Many rubber bridge players don’t know the concept of the reverse. Just to give you an example, when I started playing bridge again several years after graduating from college, I met a law school classmate of mine, Wall Street attorney Peter Kalat, in Pasadena to play in a regional tournament. Peter had been playing since law school and was a very good, experienced player.

    “We sat down at one table and the bidding proceeded. I was Dummy and when I laid my hand down I noticed that all three players looked at me quizzically. After the hand Peter asked me, ‘Do you know who those two guys were?’ I said no. He said, ‘Alfred Sheinwold and Frank Stewart, two of the best players in the world.’

    “Then he said, ‘You reversed.’ It was like he was speaking Martian, but the tone in his voice told me I had done something wrong. I had no idea what he was talking about.

    “Peter explained what a reverse was, and then gave me an article on reverses that explained them in more detail. But the reason they all looked at me so funny when I put my hand down as Dummy was that, by reversing, I had promised at least 17 points and I only had 13 points.

    “At this point I had been playing rubber bridge several times a week for a couple of years and nobody with whom I had been playing would have recognized a reverse if it slapped them in the face. However, playing reverses is very good bidding procedure, and you should learn them and be aware of them. Try to avoid reversing unless you have the proper hand. You will be a better player for it.”

    • Profile photo of bajir bajir says:

      MVP award for @chance22 ! This story is so fantastic – could you imagine the horror!! Ahhhh!!!

      • Profile photo of chance22 chance22 says:

        @bajir

        Thanks so much for going to the trouble to respond. Positive feedback is very nice to get. I remembered that story from a library book, and was glad I could find the passage online.

        As this point in the learning process, I think I enjoy posting more than playing, as I am still trying to get comfortable with a framework for looking at a hand. It is funny how slow the process is: in that story, the three other players immediately calculated the value of dummy’s hand – something I have never yet done. I will have to add it to the list.

        By the way, I never responded to your suggestion of doing a video. That would be far, far in the future, if ever, as I am still in struggling mode. But I have seen one with @Ron1945, so I see it is something that you do, and it is a very nice idea. I hope to see more of them.

        Best wishes.

        P.S. Baseball!

  20. Profile photo of lucinda lucinda says:

    Pleased to make 13 tricks.
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  21. Profile photo of sbc49506742 sbc49506742 says:

    49506742 I was even happier this AM after having watched Tina and Bajir’s video. I’m afraid I haven’t yet acquired Tina’s confidence
    in my intuitive rebids, but should I be here long enough, I’m hopeful! I waited a while before replaying the hand in 6 NT and
    made 1470. I thank all of you lovely people for your help and engaging manner. I’m Sky Bridge’s biggest fan!
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  22. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    Loved this hand. I played along with Tina as she played the hand and agreed with how she played it 100%. Nice hand and it was a beauty. Making 7 with the diamonds falling so nicely.! The key is in transportation between the N and S hands.!

  23. Opening 1nt initially, ptn went straight to 3. I thought about it bid 4 spades. Down I. Rebid opening a diamond. Played in 6 nt, making.
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  24. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Pushed wrong button first time in the bidding— get the bidding right and you are in like Flynn— 1/997.
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  25. Profile photo of shannon shannon says:

    played hand day after watching video. happy to make 13
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