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A Puzzling Pre-empt

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Tired of scientific, precise bidding? How about a pre-empt? Pre-empts are effective because they limit bidding space and available information. Opponents will often have no clue whether to pass, double, or bid something. Take a look at this puzzling pre-empt by East and see how @Tina and @Bajir deal with it.

46 Comments

  1. The power of a pre-empt… or was it even one?

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

  2. hagleyjazz says:

    I thought this was a perfect “close your eyes and bid 4S”. But I played it badly 🙂
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 4
    P P P

  3. janemart says:

    I’m all alone at the bottom of the board. Yet I still score a result of 11% ?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 P
    P P

    • bajir says:

      @janemart Not alone on the overall ladder (and never alone in spirit 🙂 Looks like 2 other folks also had the same result as you, which must have been 11% of the players who had played the hand at the time. Your % refers to the % of players who you’ve either scored the same or better than. Hope that helps!
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 1 4 X
      P P P

  4. suec88 says:

    yes 4HX was a much better idea than 4S which didnt make.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  5. passed they went down by one
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 P
    P P

  6. ted80 says:

    If N hangs on to the Q of clubs, they go 2 down.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  7. 4 heart dbld took them 2 down
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  8. anyana says:

    Thanks for the video. I went 4 Spades and went down, too. Took East for a weak pre-empt. Thinking that I should have also have thought they might go down in Hearts. But I thought if they were really weak, I perhaps could make 4 Spades for a better result.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 4
    P P P

  9. sockstevens says:

    By my rules, a pre empt needs 7 of the suit and is light on points. Opening points from partner and shown hand should give 4S a chance.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 4
    P P P

  10. stev1998 says:

    Before I get railroaded into bidding too high I count the tricks. I have 6 spades, might make 5, no hearts, 2 clubs and 2 diamonds, that is 10 but I could see problem. If West has only 2 hearts he will get a ruff. Now if I am missing a minor suit ace I will be down 1. What is East’s prospect in 4 hearts. Not great I have a sure heart winner maybe 2 spades and partner has opening points. So double and take the penalties. If partner is very distributional he can bid again but unlikely.
    When I see the 4 hands I think East is far too strong for a 4 level preempt. Give West my hand and he is close to a slam. Do not make a preempt before partner has limited his hand unless you are weak in points and long in trumps. 6 trumps and 17 points is a double not a jump to 4 hearts!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  11. played it in4S first time but should have played safe and X 4H which i did this time and came out much better
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  12. radiog says:

    Ditto ! Same as above …they went down 2 tricks.

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

  13. helvefung says:

    Wow for once I made the right bid…woo hoo!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  14. janefern says:

    Passed and led J spades . Declarer down 1. Still learning, video really helpful, thanks.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 P
    P P

  15. Great for the heart doublers. The rest of us sacrificed. I quite agree with @sockstevens.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 4
    P P P

  16. bridge bidding is a conversation 4h was rushed not a pre-empt a bid a jump bid too quick

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

  17. laura89 says:

    I tried 4 spades and fared badly. tried x4 hearts for a much better result. These one suited hands always present a problem in deciding which way to bid.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  18. peralph says:

    First try was 4 spades…down 2. Replayed defending 4 hearts doubled…top board. Bleargh. (I might not have had the courage to double if I had chosen hearts, but still.)
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  19. debdaniels says:

    Better to defend!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  20. shiningstar says:

    Defeted 4H, down by 2
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 P
    P P

  21. wadkin37 says:

    wadkin37 Much better to kiss 4H!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 4
    P P P

  22. sjstern says:

    Tempted to bid 4S, but didn’t. Should have doubled. No guts, no glory
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 P
    P P

  23. linda2009 says:

    set them but wish I had doubled 🙁
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 P
    P P

  24. fictywarren says:

    Played 4 s initially & went down & 2nd time dble their 4H taking them 2 light.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  25. nelle says:

    4S went down 1. Not bad.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 4
    P P P

  26. squarepeg61 says:

    Took E-W down one in 4HX.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  27. judyjunkin says:

    First time, Ibid 4 S and we were down 2! I thought it a good bid since N opened but too many losers.! Second time around, i doubled the 4 H and set them by 2. Much better to defend here.
    Got a score of #1!! that was a plus.!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  28. aabridg says:

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

  29. carolecat says:

    This is, IMHO, terrible bidding by East. I also made, but wished I had doubled.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 P
    P P

  30. suzyq says:

    Doubled. They went down by 2
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  31. hugmada says:

    Doubled and they went down 2- wise call-yippee
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  32. mrsmills says:

    First time round bid 5S thinking E had a weak long suited hand and went down 2. Second time just doubled the 4H bid and took them down 2.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  33. rdp27 says:

    Played 4 spades and went down. I replayed and passed and they went down.
    The spades were tempting but it showed that partner was not a strong call in clubs.
    Sometimes best to pass – as is many times the case.

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

  34. patmac says:

    I wanted to try 4 spades but preferred to defend, wasn’t game enough to double

  35. nancyjane says:

    Beat them by 1 in 4H.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 P
    P P

  36. blondie58 says:

    Interesting…. I X4H took them down 1…. I’m just not sure why on earth E would bid 4H? It’s a strong hand? I doubled asking partner to bid…. didn’t really expect to see such a strong hand. Have a great day all!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  37. ankemeny says:

    I do not have a problem with east’s bidding. 4H puts you as south under maximum pressure. After north opens 1C, east realises that slam their way is very unlikely, so the preempt at the game level is good to play as two-way, either a standard preempt, or a strong hand like the one shown. Most south players with that hand will bid 4S under pressure. But as it turns out that is the wrong bid, since it is going off when the opponent’s 4H was also going off. With the decent heart holding, passing 4H as south is reasonable. I do think south’s decision should be guided by the vulnerability, which isn’t shown, and the scoring method, which also wasn’t shown. For example vulnerable at teams 4S is clearly the right bid in my opinion. In the play, south can make 4S if they play for trumps 3-3 and DK, D10 with west. But after east is shown to have only six hearts, it looks like they did start with the strong hand, so that line of play has little chance of success and will lead to two off here. Tina did well to make nine tricks, by not adopting that line.

  38. powerofpawn says:

    I doubled as I had 11 HCP and partner had at least 12 HCP. Lead a low spade, partner won with the 9S! Took them down by 2…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  39. lolli9 says:

    Didn’t like how weak d & c looked and passed. But didn’t double! Forgot.


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

  40. katerina says:

    West bid 4H which I doubled and got them 2 off
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

  41. lizzys says:

    same as everyone else. First attempt tried 4S and went down. Second attempt doubled their 4H and took them down 2
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 4 X
    P P P

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