Brevard Duplicate is a small, friendly club formed in March 2015, now in our third year. Our club is located in Brevard, North Carolina--home of the white squirrel. Yes, you can sometimes see white squirrels in the parking lot. Generally we host 4 to 6 tables and 6 to 8 in the summer months. Brevard Duplicate holds its sessions in the French Broad Community Center at 281 E. French Broad Street. This center belongs to the City of Brevard. Parking at the Center is limited, so come early for the best spots. There are coffee and snacks at the games. Although small, the club welcomes all newcomers.
1. Opener bids 1NT (15 – 17HCP; balanced distribution).
2. Responder (acting as Captain responsible for setting the best contract) holding at least one four-card major and at least 8 – 9HCP bids 2C (Stayman). Responder is making a statement: “Partner, I have a four-card major”. Responder is also asking a question: “Do you?”
3. Opener is forced to bid for one round and is charged with further describing her hand. Here are the basic responses: a. 2D = a denial bid saying “I have no four-card major”.
b. 2H = saying “I promise I have a four-card heart suit. Some partnerships agree 2H also says “I may also have a four-card spade suit”. Shows 15 – 16HCP, minimum 1NT strength.
c. 3H = same as b. and shows maximum 1NT strength (16- 17/18HCP).
d. 2S = saying “I promise I have a four-card spade suit and minimum 1NT strength. Some partnerships agree 2S also says, “I deny holding four hearts”.
e. 3S = Same as d. and shows maximum 1NT strength.
f. 2NT = Some partnerships agree 2NT says, “I have four spades and four hearts; so, partner, choose which you like as trump.”
4. Responder now uses this information to either set the contract or push toward slam.
a. Opener: 1NT; Responder (Captain): 2C; Opener: 2S/3S (four spades; either minimum or maximum strength). Assume responder’s four-card
major is spades, a trump fit has been found and responder uses dummy (short-suit) points to reevaluate the hand’s strength and
1) 4S = sign off; to play.
2) 4C = Gerber convention; Ace seeking.
3) 4NT = quantitative (not Blackwood) telling opener to pass with minimum strength or bid 6NT with maximum strength.
b. Assume responder’s four-card major is hearts and opener’s rebid to responder’s Stayman call is 2 or 3 spades. No fit has been found,
so responder does not use dummy point reevaluation. Depending on responder’s distribution, stoppers and HCP (10 – 11, at least), the best contract might be 3NT.
c. Responder holds: S=AQ85; H=432; D=QJ54; C=98. Opener: 1NT; Responder: 2C (Stayman);
Opener: 2D (no four-card major). Now the Captain responds just as he would had he not bid Stayman: 2NT (game inviting). One item
responder’s Stayman has revealed to opener = holding at least one four-card major. With minimum strength opener might pass; with
maximum rebid 3NT.
d. Responder holds: S=AQJ85; H=432; D=J54; C=87. Opener: 1NT; Responder: 2C; Opener: 2D;
Responder: 2S (shows a five-card major). NOTE: if the partnership uses Jacoby Transfers, the better bid might be 2H (transfer to spades).
5. Handling Interference.
a. The bidding: S=1NT; W=2D. Oops! N has 10HCP a four-card major and would have responded 2C (Stayman), but West’s 2D overcall
eliminated a 2C response. One solution = 3D; a cuebid of opponent’s suit to replace 2C (Stayman).
b. The bidding: S=1NT; W=2S. North holds: S=QT75; H=K84; D=9642; C=K7. North really wanted to respond 2C (Stayman) telling partner, “I
have at least 8HCP and a four-card major; you have one?” But West’s 2S overcall eliminated a 2C response. One other response: Double
(for penalty). Opener holds at least 15HCP and two spades; responder holds 8 and four spades with QT. Opener/responder on defense could
make a good score with 2Sx.