Play Bridge | 07 11 2017 | Hand 3 | ♠AK73 ♥T4 ♦K854 ♣KQ4
November 7, 2017
To Bid or Not to Bid?
November 10, 2017

The Art of Balancing

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Even if your side can’t open the bidding, that doesn’t mean you should let the other side get away with a cheap contract. Make a balancing double or balancing overcall to get your side into the auction when they’ve signed off at a low level. In these situations, your side deserves to play the hand as much as they do!

21 Comments

  1. Don’t worry @graeme, I’m not recording.

    But, for everyone else, what do you do after West bids 2… pass, double, or bid a different suit?

  2. rosie196 says:

    Must be a variance depending on individual settings. East opened 1NT which everybody else passed and then they went one down. But this was a mediocre score.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1N P
    P P

  3. baygon2014 says:

    Really did not know what to do but was buggered if I let them play 2 clubs. So bid 2 spades, pushed them into three and they went down. You can tell from your hand and their bidding that the points must be evenly distributed so any contract of 2 or more is going to be tough.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1 P
    2 P P 2
    P P X P
    3 P P P

  4. bien says:

    Please explain why Rosie196 and I have a East PPP1NT PPP experience which we take down EW, while others have a East PPP 1C etc. Is it because we are playing weak NT while the others are strong NT settings. Which is considered the best option.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1N P
    P P

    • janemart says:

      @bien Yep. It was because you I and @Rosie196 play weak NT, and other commentators play strong. As to which is the best option – that’s a discussion that has been going on for 50 odd years, and it all depends on the hand… On this hand I reckon the weak NT players saved themselves a lot of grief over what to bid, and generally did better in the results.
      There’ll be another hand soon which demonstrates why Strong NT is superior. It won’t change my mind though.
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – – – P
      P P 1N P
      P P

  5. jckspa says:

    Easy choice to pass when opponents open 1NT. They went down on a spade lead, I replayed as declarer and it makes when the opponents lead diamonds. It is a better suit but I prefer leading a major against NT if I have a choice – just a feeling that opponents are less likely to have much in the suit if neither mentioned it.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1N P
    P P

  6. kathryn says:

    But not on a diamond lead @jackspa!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1N P
    P P

  7. banksia9 says:

    I doubled 1C!
    As a passed hand, partner shouldn’t be expecting too much. He shouldn’t pass out 2C.
    “We” defended absymally and 2C duly made 9 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1 X
    2 P P P

  8. vals says:

    You must be ecstatic about that score @janemart .Hard to get plus scores today
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1N P
    P P

  9. unixman says:

    Cant voye I take them 2 light in the NT contract
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1N P
    P P

  10. debdaniels says:

    Congrats to top%u2014 here’s the ticket 2NTX%u2014 makes 8.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1 P
    2 P P X
    P 2N X P
    P P

  11. kernokid says:

    Bid 2NTdirectly over 1NT, North raised to 3NT. West led a club and hey presto – 9 tricks.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1N 2N
    P 3N P P
    P

  12. scobb says:

    I bid 2S over 2C, which was doubled by E, then taken out to 3C by W, which I doubled. Took them down by 2, 500 to us :-).
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1 P
    2 P P 2
    P P X P
    3 P P X
    P P P

  13. glenguest says:

    Doubled after 2C to see where partner was strongest in her weak hand. She bid 2NT, which we made.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1 P
    2 P P X
    P 2N X P
    P P

  14. anguss says:

    left them in 1 nt they made 6

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

  15. holley says:

    Had to pass the 1NT as double is for penalty
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1N P
    P P

  16. maryanne40 says:

    Doubled 1c, partnered passed 2 clubs, I bid 2 spades and partner bids 4spades!!! Ridiculous….can’t understand partner’s bid at all.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1 X
    2 P P 2
    P 4 X P
    P P

  17. joanbrookes says:

    Played the hand and East went 1NT. The rest of us passed. Got them down 1 trick. Feel satisfied with that.


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

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