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Question: What's the difference, from opener's partner's point of view, between an opening 1NT and an opening of 1 of a suit, say 1♠?
Answer: an opening 1NT describes partner's hand pretty completely in one go: it's 12-14 points and balanced (= 4-3-3-3, 4-4-3-2 or 5-3-3-2). An opening 1♠, by contrast, is wide open: it could be one-suited, two-suited, balanced, unbalanced and anything from 10 points up to 19 or even 20.
Which is why, if you're not simply going to raise partner's suit, you need to know more. And the obvious way to find out more is simply to change the suit. In Acol, a change of suit is forcing and it's opener's second bid that really brings her holding into focus.
On this hand, sitting East, you know you should be in game, but should it be spades, or maybe hearts, or no trumps? You need to know more about partner's hand. So a simple change of suit ... Ah! A problem! Uniquely in Acol, a 2♥ response to an opening 1♠ requires FIVE hearts, and you only have four. And hearts is your only biddable suit. How, then, to find out more about partner's hand?
The answer is to 'invent' a bid that will achieve your aim: 2♣. How will partner rebid? There are a number of possibilities:
Two points here. One, your ad hoc strategem of inventing a club suit isn't going to misfire – you're either going to end up in spades or NT and either suits you. Two, if partner does raise you to 3♣, are you really sure that means she has 5 spades as well? Well, yes. It's all down to 'Acologic'. You can take it on trust or read on below ...
Acologic at work
OK.Take it slowly. Let's imagine that partner has just 4 spades. Must be her longest suit. And let's imagine that she has 4 clubs as well (she can't have 5 or she'd have opened 1♣ to start with!). That leaves 5 other cards to be shared between hearts and diamonds. They can't be 5-0 (same reason as with the clubs). Nor can they be 4-1 – there's no 4-4-4-1 holding that opens 1♠. So they must be 3-2. So partner must have 4-3-2-4. A balanced hand. But she didn't open 1NT. So she must have 15+ points: she's opened 1♠ with the intention of rebidding No Trumps, then. OK so far?
Right. So when you bid your 2♣ over her 1♠, she's going to rebid 2NT, to show you a balanced hand with 15+ points. She's not going to support your clubs – who's interested in clubs when no trumps is a possibility?
Therefore, if partner DOES support your clubs, she can't have the balanced hand above with just 4 spades. She must have an unbalanced hand with at least 5-4 in spades and clubs. QED.
So you're safe to jump to 4♠. End of auction.
(Credit to Chris Jones, Box Bridge Club)