2 CLUBS IS A COMPULSORY GAME FORCE BID
23+ and balanced
Around 21 hcps, with a long suit and tricks
Note: your winning tricks maintain impetus during play: losing trick count indicates the level of control you can exercise during play
When looking at the latter type of 2c hand the question is:
WOULD I BE HAPPY IF I OPENED MY SUIT AT THE 1 LEVEL AND MY PARTNER PASSED.
If you would be unhappy to be passed, THEN you should open 2 clubs. (Note, however, these hands will usually be opened in 1 of a suit on the happiness test.)
When you open 2 clubs, however determined, your partner as responder will expect that you have a 1. Strong hand and 2. Minimal losers.
Responding to 2C
IT IS THE RESPONDER WHO USUALLY CONTROLS THE 2C AUCTION
The question to ask as responder is:
Are we looking at game or slam?
With 2 good cards- A+K, K+K, or A+A there is potential to add 2 or three tricks to the openers hand: explore slam
With 3 good cards, slam is go.
Responder’s bids :
1. 2 D: which means either waiting or bust.
(If the opener immediately bids at the 3 level it means that slam is on and there is no other option.
A response of 2 NT by opener indicates balance and no 5+ card suit.)
If opener makes a suit bid at the 2 level indicating 5 or more in the suit, then responder can:
2. Double raise to 4 level: 3 cards support and no points to speak of.
3. Single raise to 3 level with 3 card support. Cue bidding can then commence to explore slam possibilities in the suit.
4. 2 NT which is a further low level waiting bid. It says: I do not have 3 card support, I may have 5 + which would enable me to bid at the 3 level but it is not that strong so tell me more about your hand.
If opener then rebids suit you know the holding is 6+ and with two card support cue bidding can commence if you have two good cards which would indicate slam may be available.
In summary, if you have a 5 card suit but it is not great, even if you have 2 good cards, take it slow and bid 2NT.
If opener bids 3 of a suit after responder’s 2 diamonds it is a jump positive bid: it means this is the suit, it matters not that you may have a void, and there can be no discussion on this. If opener makes a jump positive response, then responder can cue bid in that suit.
If a partnership has established a fit then 4NT is key card ask.
If a partnership has not found a fit in the bidding and there is a preceding NT bid, then 4NT is invitational to slam. That is:
WHEN THE BIDS ARE NT TO NT WITH NO AGREEMENT AS TO SUIT, THEN 4NT IS always SLAM INVITATIONAL
1H-1S-1NT-4NT: invitational: bid to 6 with a maximum response
1C-1H- 2NT- 4NT: invitational: bid to 6 with a maximum response
There must be no prior agreement as to suit (agreement as to suit is implied with NT raise structure and splinters, and with transfers if there is a super accept).
IF 4C Gerber is used by responder after a NT opening then opener must respond by naming Aces.
Gerber is not used after any NT bid- NT at whatever level has to be the opening bid
LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM HIGH LEVEL COMPETITIVE AUCTIONS
1.In first seat and NV PRE-EMPT with 6 or more points to as high a level as your system allows
If you are flexing on the length of your pre-emptive have something on the outside. The honours holding in the pre-emptive suit is a matter for partnership agreement.
2.Conduct a risk assessment when competing
Defending a 600 series game can go down 3X if NV
Defending a 400 series game can go down 2X if NV
3.Map the hand
Visualise your prd’s holding.
Do not be seduced by FOMO- Fear Of Missing Out. Remember the more distributional your hand the fewer defensive tricks.
BUT be optimistic. In imagining the hand, give your partner a perfect minimum or at least one or two good cards.
Liability ( changed by vulnerability)
4.When to X
In general, a X is a top or bottom.
Vulnerability makes no difference to a X
ESTIMATE YOUR TRICKS WHEN DOUBLING: TRICKS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN POINTS
5.Do not override a partner’s decision
If your partner, having heard what you have to say, passes, then let it go: partner will have been able to map the hands together and made a decision
DO NOT BID YOUR HAND TWICE
6.Look at tricks, not necessarily points, in high level contracts
Work out the cards you need form prd to achieve your aims
KEY POINTS Summary
BIDDING OVER OPPONENTS WHEN YOU ARE WEAK:
2.Tricks – be mindful of potential losers but also count winners
BIDDING OVER OPPONENTS WHEN THEY ARE STRONG:
2. Map out yr hands to find a fit and what tricks you may have
Weak hands can jump around finding a fit
3. Understand their bidding