Play Bridge | 07 07 2018 | Hand 2 | ♠A98 ♥KQ5 ♦KQ65 ♣A94

07 07, 2018 - Hand 2
A98_KQ5_KQ65_A94

13 Comments

  1. heatherte1 says:

    I thought that it was very mean of partner leaving me in 1D. It is meant to be an asking bid.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P P P

    • graeme says:

      1D is not an asking bid, @heatherte1. It’s just a bid to show diamonds just like a bid of 1H shows hearts.

      A response to 1D shows 6+ points. North has 5.

      You’ll always find hands where it would have worked out better if partner had bid with 5 but there are just as many that it would have turned out badly.

      It’s not a mistake from North, it’s just the way Acol, Standard or any other system is set up.

      Imagine you had 19 points. You open 1D and partner bids 1S. You know he has 6 so you can count on 25 between the two hands and you bid game. But if partner might have bid with less than 6 points you can’t bid 3NT because you can’t be sure you have the combined strength.

      Hope that makes sense.

    • debdaniels says:

      @heatherte1 I play that way,
      Asking for a 4 card major.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – – P 1N
      P P P

  2. player4 says:

    Shame. It comfortably makes 10 in NT but I don’t know how to get there other than opening in 2 or 3 NT. I wouldn’t have bid with norths hand.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1N
    P P P

  3. chracol says:

    North has to bid 1S (5 points but only at the 1 level) No bid in the circumstance lacks spirit. I guess the robots don’t compute ‘spirit’. Both E and W have passed. At least South would get to rebid 2NT. It’s a nice hand but South can’t bid NT under Acol.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P P P

  4. bizzy says:

    I down graded to a 1NT opening and bought it there.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1N
    P P P

  5. Initially bid 1 diamond as a wee bit strong to open 1nt. Contract made making 8 tricks. Rebid opening 1 nt this time & made 9 tricks.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1N
    P P P

  6. debdaniels says:

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

  7. lolli9 says:

    I’m wondering why hint would suggest 1d when you are holding a NT hand with 18pts.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1N
    P P P

  8. mcfluff says:

    Thought of opening 2NT with this hand in case of no response . If I had 19 points I would definitely. Replayed and made 10 in 3NT
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 2N
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  9. heatherte1 says:

    Thanks Graeme,
    I have been taught: if points are 15+ and only 4 card major to bid 1D/1C, or a natural longer suit, 5 card major (bid it). So on this hand which is strong what does the one bid. Just so I know your rules. (Not being smart, just asking).

    • graeme says:

      Your opening bid is fine, @heatherte1. I think it’s just better not to think of 1D as ‘asking’. North will bid a four card major whether you ask or not, providing he has 6 points. If you still feel more comfortable with the ‘asking’ concept just change the question a little. Do you have a 4 card major and 6 or more points? If you do, bid it. If you don’t, pass. In this case North has answered your question with a pass saying I don’t have a four card major and 6+ points.
      One thing for certain, though. 1D does not force North to bid unless you are playing an artificial system. In both Standard and Acol bidding an opening bid of 1D can be passed if partner isn’t strong enough, even with a four card major. This hand is close, I know. It’s a pretty good spade suit and I might even bid 1S myself. But it’s certainly not wrong to pass, either.
      It’s a question that comes up a lot and whenever North does bid with fewer than 6 points I hear all about it, too. 🙂
      Anyway, I hope that sheds some light on things. Please let me know if you have any more questions which I’m always happy to answer.

  10. heatherte1 says:

    Thanks. You are very kind.

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