Play Bridge | 28 01 2018 | Hand 1 | ♠A7532 ♥T94 ♦JT7 ♣T4
January 28, 2018
Counting Tricks and Tricks for Counting
February 5, 2018

You Pre-empted with THAT?

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Pre-emptive opening bids are a standard tool in the modern bidder’s arsenal. But how aggressively will you open them? Many players now open some 5-card suits at the two level. This may strike you as dangerous, but when the vulnerability is favorable, the bid is not as reckless as it seems. Also important is having a distributional hand and a good suit.

26 Comments

  1. graeme says:

    I opened this hand with a weak 2 bid. Only a 5 card suit, but the opposition are vulnerable and we are not so going down, even doubled, might be ok.

    Might not have made any difference on this hand but hands up if you would open that 2S.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2
    3 3 4 P
    P P

  2. kurtdismas says:

    why didn’t they run diamonds after trumps were drawn?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    1 P 2 P
    3 P 4 P
    P P

  3. hound says:

    @graeme . I’m coming at this game from Rubber bridge. It’s taken we a while to realize the strategy and bidding are different. I have changed but not modern enough yet to open 2 with that one 🙂

  4. janemart says:

    Me neither @hound. @graeme is usually right, so I’ve tried bidding this hand in a few different ways. – culminating in a -1100 score! Now I’m going to set by system back to strong twos for the next hand and continue in my thoroughly old-fashioned ways for a bit.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2
    3 3 4 4
    X P P P

  5. tomm24 says:

    @graeme for me and @kurtismas west didn’t run the diamonds 12 tricks are there for the taking after the AC lead
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    1 P 2 P
    2 P 4 P
    P P

  6. glsamuelson says:

    @graeme, ranked 1/655 with this bid.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    2 2 4 4
    P P X P
    P P

  7. glsamuelson says:

    @graeme, forgot to say score was minus -300

    Of course, it wasn’t my first game.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    2 2 4 4
    P P X P
    P P

  8. mcfluff says:

    Interesting point @graeme. I would open a weak 2 spade suit with 6 and only 1 honour but not 5. When I played they made all the tricks either way, but the power of the spade would be a good tool when not vulnerable . Thanks for the tip!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2
    3 3 4 P
    P P

  9. baygon2014 says:

    @graeme thanks for that graeme. I seldom take much notice of vulnerability but clearly it is yet another thing to be thinking about. Originally I defended 4 hearts replayed it a few times in 4 spades and can see the benefit of this bidding. If they are very strong it can serve to deny them slam. BUT…..if one is playing competitively I can imagine what would happen. Having played the hand one of opponents would call director – claiming that my opening bid was misleading. My guess is that the director would say that everyone was equally disadvantaged.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    1 P 2 P
    3 P 4

  10. gingacrunch says:

    I tried the weak 2 opening out of interest and going down 3 ( 4 spades) was better than opposition getting 4 hearts!
    Good score..
    interesting concept and might be brave enough to try it one day!

  11. dyfed says:

    felt more comfortable doing a weak2 overcall second time round – interferes with opp bidding and less lightly to mislead partner?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    1 P 2 2
    3N P 5 P
    P P

  12. terrypause says:

    i am not a fan of weak 2s…at all…i was taught strong 2s…by a teacher…that also didnt like weak 2s….what do you recommend…skybridge gives me a great oppertnity to play either @graeme

  13. cresswell says:

    I would not bit 2 spades on that hand, but am interested to know what the final result would be.

  14. sunbeam says:

    HOW COME NORTH ANSWERS MY PREEMPT WITH “SEVEN” POINTS.
    I THOUGHT HE NEEDED OPENING POINTS!
    TWO CRAZIES!!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2
    3 3 4 4
    X P P P

    • graeme says:

      Not points, @sunbeam, a raise to 3S just shows a trump fit and it’s an attempt to make things a little harder for the opposition. I admire your courage in bidding 2S but I think you’re asking for trouble if you bid on to 4S.

  15. dssbridge says:

    Graeme —- Play weak twos; consider sacrifices especially when non-vulnerable; &, use the Rule of 20 for first 2 seats. Five HCPs and nine cards in two longest suits makes 14. It also seems like a prayer for partners help.

  16. chrismac says:

    I wouldn’t open this at all. As a preempt it is too weak for me. If there was an honour in any of the other suits I might, but not this one.

  17. featherp says:

    I wouldn’t’t normally have opened, but my pre-emptive 2 Spades meant they stuck at 4 Hearts, when they could make a Grand slam
    Interesting!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2
    3 3 4 P
    P P

  18. nevillet says:

    THe y made it… we got one (1) trick…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    1 P 2 P
    3 P 4 P
    P P

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