Play Bridge | 02 03 2017 | Hand 19 | ♠732 ♥76532 ♦A7 ♣873
March 2, 2017
Play Bridge | 02 03 2017 | Hand 14 | ♠JT7542 ♥AJ3 ♦K42 ♣3
March 3, 2017

When Should We Open Light?

You are third to bid, everyone has passed, but you don’t have an opening hand.

Should you make a preemptive 1 NT bid and put some pressure on West?

  • Should you open a suit or will that lead to headaches for your rebid? 
  • Should you take the cautious route and just pass?
  • Tina provides some pointers for what to consider in this situation.
  • Watch the video to see if her decision paid off.

    52 Comments

    1. @tina – when should we open light?

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

      • lisa19 says:

        lisa19. I play standard. 5 card majors, 5 card majors,weAk twos . I opened on 11 called a diamond. Partner asked for a second suit. I called clubs. We played two clubs and got it. I get confused about all the different game play. I find it dificult to know what the computer is playing and can’t wrap my head around all theversions. Can you help. Love playing with you both.

    2. crunchie says:

      Partner, be parsimonious with those pips! You decided to lead a trump, thats alright, but why the 10? I put up my king and a couple of tricks later your 8 lost to opponents 9, a missed trick! Perhaps I should have led a trump earlier.

      Will now look at the video to see why opening light was a mistake, but i thought they were going to bid and might as well make them do it at the 2 level! I see under my system east west left unimpeded would have found their way to spades.


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

    3. oz-tin says:

      I play standard. First time I passed as I do not have 12 hcp. Did not played well. Then I watched the video how Tina played. I tried this time to open with a better minor. Made 2 C contract and made 8 tricks.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    4. photogolf says:

      Playing standard, opened 4D (our system says show C with 3, D with 4). Made 8
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    5. photogolf says:

      Sorry to clarify, opened 1D bid with 4 Diamonds
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    6. louie2 says:

      Played light as Tina said made 8 tricks
      Thanks for the video a great help.
      Should we only think about opening in 3rd seat if not vulnerable?
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1N
      2 P P P

    7. Bid & made 3 clubs
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P P
      1 P 1 2
      2 3 P P
      P

    8. lorraineb says:

      I play Standard. Passed and E contract 2S … Think I was lucky and just kept playing the right card to partner. I can never the order of cards I play Got them down 1.

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

    9. terrypause says:

      take it on the chin, taught not to double on one or two bids, should of got them down though
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 2 P P
      X P 2 X
      P P P

    10. catspaw15 says:

      First two attempts went down horribly. When opened 1NT light (even using rule of 20) took them down. Then played the video to learn why. Thanks @Tina.
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1N
      2 P P P

    11. up1tick says:

      2C made 9
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    12. nelle says:

      2S by E making 9. I didn’t bid, much watch the video.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P P
      1 P 1 P
      1N P 2 P
      2 P P P

    13. dcatjones says:

      I opened weak in third position (standard player). Felt nice about my hand when partner agreed to the club suit. Not sure if it was the play as a novice that got me – but I went down 1 at 3 clubs.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 2 P P
      X P 2 3
      P P P

    14. terrypause says:

      just watched the video….opening 1 nt is brilliant,…wish i had first time
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1N
      2 P P P

    15. sandra says:

      Played defence first time against 2 spades and went down but next time after seeing the video and even playing in a different sequence to Tina I defended against 2 hearts and got them down 1 !
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1N
      2 P P P

    16. linda2009 says:

      set them by 1
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P P
      P

    17. I think my bidding was ok, it’s my play that’s let me down.
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P P
      1 P 1 P
      1N P 2 P
      2 P P 3
      P P P

    18. I played 2 Clubs and made 9 tricks
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    19. squarepeg61 says:

      Took E-W down two in 2H.


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

    20. pfredrix says:

      Standard third-hand opening, maybe a little stronger given that the 11 HCP consisted of 2-1/2 quick tricks.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    21. graybill says:

      Good video – I left them to bid it out and they ended in 2S making 3. Tina’s idea was much better. If S opens 1NT, East leaves West in 1H even though she only has 1 heart. @Tina does East not bid her spades because she only has 9 points and feels like she can’t go to the 2 level?

    22. verona says:

      Verona says: March 5, 2017 playing Standard.
      My first bid was 2 clubs opening weak, which was immediately knocked off by their Spades. I then watched the video after looking at the results. I hesitated to open 1NT but I did. I bid 2NT over their 2 Hs and went down. 3rd time I opened 1C they bid Hs so I then bid 1NT, they bid 2Hs so I bid 3 clubs which I made because the lead came from W. I made 9. So what to do when I am faced with this situation in real life. Fortune favors the brave. Maybe opponents run scared once you open NTs. So think that is what I will do.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1N
      2 P P 3
      P P P

    23. baygon2014 says:

      I remember the hand but forgot how I played it he first time. Haven’t looked at the video yet but my reasoning was that 1 club was a safe opening – if e/w passes it out then it would mean the points are evenly distributed and we will probably make 7 tricks. When partner supported clubs I could see that we would probably have 20 points between us. They clearly did not have a fit in the majors so 3 clubs was in all probability a good bid. 3 clubs made 10 tricks but we probably should have been a bit more courageous and bid 3nt – in both cases we would have needed to make 9 tricks and I can see quite few bid and made 3nt.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 2 P P
      X P 2 3
      P P P

    24. margrethem says:

      If you play standard will you not open Din 3rd position
      with 11 points

    25. normie616 says:

      2S contract EW made 8 tricks
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P P
      1 P 1 P
      1N P 2 P
      2 P P P

    26. judyjunkin says:

      Opened 1 C and W bid 1 H, N bid 2 C. E went to @ S so I passed. They made 3. I don’t know what I did but should have set them as others did.!
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 2 P P
      X P 2 P
      P P

    27. jan2bridge says:

      @bjair and Tina , Very interesting. I tried playing before I watched and did not succeed. Your reasoning and strategy was sharp and fun to watch. Thank you.

    28. danny67 says:

      I play standard. As with most of the others above who play standard I opened 1D and we ended up in 2C and got it. I always open with 11 points in third spot after 2 passes unless I really don’t like the feel of my hand

    29. debdaniels says:

      For some reason my score did not post—- E/W made 2S.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P P
      1 P 1 P
      1N P 2 P
      2 P P P

    30. baglady says:

      Bid and made 1NT
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 1N
      P P P

    31. joy1 says:

      I played 3 clubs and made it.. nice hand, enjoyed…!!!
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 2 P P
      X P 2 3
      P P P

    32. mcbradford says:

      I opened light in Diamonds and went to 2 clubs making 8 tricks. Quite pleased with that until I saw that others made 3 and 4?
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    33. jimlindsay says:

      Opening second time round over 2hearts by east, played 3 clubs going 1 off but that’s much better than the potential 4 spades by east. Can’t see why they were so timid as contract easily makeable . You need to gamble a bit and stretch yourself or you’ll always be middle of the table, rarely top!
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P P
      1 P 1 2
      2 3 P P
      P

    34. rhudon says:

      Opened 1D even though I’m light made 2C

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

    35. pegal says:

      Played 2nt and made it. Bid 1c, partner responded 2c, west bid 2s, so went 2nt.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 2 P P
      X P 2 2N
      P P P

    36. chini says:

      Played 2C result of partners double, made 9 tricks. Good score overall!!?!? Rank 11/1864!?!? Shocked!
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    37. pdiomartich says:

      Well I passed because I dont bid weak nt at anytime even tho at times it would be nice at my convenience but then how does my partner trust me? So I must stick by my rules to be trusted. They made one over bid at 2sps
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P P
      1 P 1 P
      1N P 2 P
      2 P P P

    38. pdiomartich says:

      if we all have 10 lets get a new one…. who’s lovin ya
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P P
      1 P 1 P
      1N P 2 P
      2 P P P

    39. hlabreche says:

      Well,I used good advice from Klinger with 4-4 in minors, opened D first then rebid C…2C made 3!no problem %uD83D%uDE0A
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    40. kalynpress says:

      That was straight forward just made it Yes opened in 3rd seat with 11 why not?
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    41. markpx says:

      My partner and I have an agreement that in this situation we extend our weak NT opening range to 11-14 points. This is a very useful pre-emptive bid in these cases and works well much of the time.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1N
      2 P P P

    42. maureenie says:

      @tina I Play standard. I always thought that when you had for clubs in for diamonds you would say when diamonds to start that is my question
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P P
      1 P 1 P
      1N P 2 P
      2 P P P

    43. nevillet says:

      We made it….!!!!!
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    44. blondie58 says:

      Made 2C…. interesting hand for sure!
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    45. katerina says:

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

    46. wadkin37 says:

      49506742 @Bajir and @Tina
      I play Standard. Whether to open light in third seat, presented a moment to pause and think.
      Holding 11HCPs, I borrowed three points from partner. (because, he, sitting in 1st seat could be
      holding 11 HCPs) In response to my opener he must remember to deduct three points from his hand.
      When partner entered the neg. double (telling me he had four spades) I had a perfect rebid of two
      clubs. This suited the confines of my hand
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    47. cacho says:

      i played standart. i do not open with 11 points and suit of four minors
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P P
      1 P 1 P
      1N P 2 P
      2 P P P

    48. jlmeyers says:

      jlmeye

      I passed and the contract was 2 spades. they made 4. Looks like the 1 NT bid was better.

    49. nelle says:

      On replay i bid 2C making my bid. Thanks to you @tina
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – P P 1
      1 X P 2
      P P P

    50. delta says:

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

    51. delta says:

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

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