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TIP #1 DON DOMANSKY// NEVER BID TWICE AFTER PREMPTING

Answer to Tip#1 problem:

 

 

You hold

  Kxx

 Kxx

  xxxx

♣ Jxx

 

The bidding goes

N         E          S          You

            3        P          P         

3♠        P          P          ?

What do you do?

 

If you follow my rules with your partner about the preemptor not holding any outside Aís or Kís, and your answer was PASS congratulations.   Notice that this was not a difficult call with those rules but it might be the wrong call if partner were to hold some outside controls as opponents might not be able to make more than 3 spades and while 4 diamonds might make or go down one.

 

Look at the hand again and tell me what North can make in 3♠.  North is likely to have at least one of the major suit Aces if not both and there is a decent chance that the missing two diamonds are split 2-0.   It is very likely that North can make 5 or 6 spades if not 7 with a bit of luck as both major suit Kís will be onside for finesses.  Letting North play 3 spades rather that 4 or 6 is a win for you regardless of whether 4can make or not.

 

By the way, when I was in Florida a lot of people played a 3NT opener as guaranteeing a solid unspecified minor e.g. AKQJxxx with no outside stoppers.  Partner can pass with stoppers in the outside suits or correct to the proper minor suit level contract.  It is another example of preemptive bidding.

 

Don Domansky

 

 

Donís tips:  Never bid twice when pre-empting

It is not too uncommon for members at our club to raise their own pre-emptsÖ a big no-no or not know when to raise partnerís pre-empt.

Say for example you get dealt 8 pts and seven hearts e.g. KJxxxxx and donít know whether to bid 2 or 3when sitting vulnerable.  The rule:  make the best bid the first time and never bid again.

 Definition of pre-empts:  a one suited defensive bid at the 2 or 3 level that has less than opening values or a bid at the 4 level or 5 of a minor that lacks outside defense.  This also applies to two suited bids like a jump to 2NT showing 5-5 in the two lower unbid suits.

Some rules to consider when pre-empting:

  1. Do not have outside defense.  A good idea is to guarantee no outside (in the non pre-empting suit(s)) A or K when preempting at the 3 level or higher
  2. Do not bid again unless partner forces a bid e.g. with a cue bid
  3. Do not have more than 10 or a bad 11 points
  4. Have a holding that without anything much from partner will likely go down three tricks white against red, two tricks on equal vulnerability and 1 trick when you are red vs white.

Sticking with the above discipline will:

  1. Allow partner to make a calculated decision on whether to bid later or not
  2. Give your partnership valuable information when on defense
  3. Build trust between you and your regular partner

Here is an example:

You hold

  Kxx

 Kxx

  xxxx

♣ Jxx

The bidding goes

N         E          S          You

            3        P          P         

3♠        P          P          ?

What do you do?

Send me your answer at domansky@tbaytel.net or see me at the club with your logic and I will respond.