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By Val Rhead
You pick up your Bridge hand. A few face cards flash by. You have enough points to open. Too bad you have just a minor suit to bid, but that’s OK. You open One Diamond. Partner bids One Heart. His new suit is forcing for one round. What is your second bid? It is now your responsibility to try to limit your hand.
Partner hasn’t limited his hand. He could have 6 to 30 points. If you have 4 Hearts, even small ones, and your hand is in the minimum range for an opener of 12 to 14 points, you can raise partner’s One Heart bid to Two Hearts. He is now the Captain and is in a position to place the contract. If his bid is a minimum 6 to 9 points, he knows game is unlikely. He will PASS. If he has a medium hand of 10 to 12, he can jump to Three Hearts inviting you to raise to game if you are medium (15 to 17 points) or maximum (18 to 21) for your opening bid.
If responder has a stronger hand (13 to 18 points) he can show that the partnership has at least game by taking the contract to Four Hearts immediately. That leaves it to you to consider Slam bidding. Or with the stronger hand, partner can make a forcing bid that may lead to a slam.
If when responder bids One Heart and you can’t support Hearts, you could bid One No Trump to show your minimum opening hand. However, you can’t do this if the big, bad opposition has jumped in with a One Spade bid for which you have no stoppers. Do remember that normally the bid of a new suit by an unpassed partner is forcing for one round; you must find a bid. However, when the opponents elbow into the auction you may PASS to show your minimum opening hand and leave it up to responder to go further.
If when responder bids One Heart and you can’t support Hearts but you have a medium hand (15 to 17 points), you bid a new suit without jumping. Partner again becomes the Captain and knows where to place the contract or to PASS. With a maximum hand (18 to 21), you bid a new suit with a JUMP and partner is forced to bid again.
Who does what is all in the cards!
SUMMER PORT CARLING DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games for the Port Carling Club are in the summer only, Wednesday evening 6:30, Port Carling Community Centre, 3 Bailey Street. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before game time. Call Bill & Gaye Kastning at 705-765-6354 for information and partnerships.
The following winners are from Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017 with 12 pairs playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Jennifer Thompson and Sheila Robinson; 2. Nora Robinson and Billie Anne Robinson; 3. Pamela Jardine and Ralph Mitchell; East-West 1. Bev Howard and Liz Barnes; 2. Catherine Patterson and Heather Hamilton; 3. Linda Armstrong and Martha Stigler
HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games at the Huntsville Club are Tuesday 7:15 start, Trinity United Church 33 Main Street. Please arrive 15 minutes before game time. For partners and information call Jan Roberts 705 635-2522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following winners are for Tuesday, Aug 15 with 19 pairs playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 2. Marilyn Waltho and John Waltho; 3. Mary Simonett and Kel Andresen; 4. Bruce Elliott and Rod Dixon; 5. Marjorie Clark and John Clark; East-West 1. Jim Smith and Ralph Mitchell; 2. Liz Graham and Dorothy Russell; 3. Bev Howard and Gail Lederer; 4. Mary Whitehead and Helen Pearson; 5. Joanne Garvey and Barb Green
MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays 7pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road. Please arrive 15 minutes before game time. For information or partnerships, call Brian at 705-645-5340 email@example.com
The following winners are from Monday, Aug 14 with 20 pairs playing a Mitchell movement. North-South 1. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 2. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst; 3. Yvonne Cox and Helen Pearson; 4. Kel Andresen and Jim Smith; 5. Bev Parlett and Vern Foell; East-West 1. Kathy Kent and David Kent; 2. Liz Barnes and David Bryce; 3. Andrea Killackey and Terry Killackey; 4. Jinty Stewart and Jane Insley; 5. Frank Vagnoni and Gerry Lawrence
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