3♠ 4 card limit raise in ♠. This shows a hand that has about 11 or 12 points (counting Dummy points) and four ♠. Bidding 2♠ shows a hand with about 6 to 10 points. Your hand is too strong for this bid. Bidding 2♥ shows a FIVE card suit. This is the only auction where Responder shows a five card suit. (Specifically 1♠ by Opener and 2♥ by Responder.)
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Playing matchpoints. Both sides are vulnerable. Here is your hand: ♠82 ♥T53 ♦T32 ♣AK753 Partner is Dealer and opens the bidding 1♠. The Opponents are silent through the auction. What is your call? Show Answer
1NT This shows a hand that has about 6 to 10 HCP and fewer than three ♠. Bidding 2♣ shows a hand with at least 10 or more HCP. Your hand is too weak for this bid. Partner will get very excited if you show values!
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Playing matchpoints. Neither side is vulnerable. Here is your hand: ♠K43 ♥AT86 ♦Q4 ♣T732 Your RHO (Right Hand Opponent) starts with a "Pass". You "Pass". Your LHO (Left Hand Opponent) says "Pass". Partner opens the bidding 1♠. Your RHO Passes again. What is your call? Show Answer
2♠ You have a weak hand, this is true. But you have to show Partner you have some values. Bidding 2♠ here shows about 6 to 10 points with at least three ♠. If you "Pass" again you show less than 6 HCP. Even worse, the auction could easily end since Partner will not get to bid again. Partner had a VERY nice hand and will have bid (and make) a game if you bid 2♠. If you "Pass" now you will never get to game.