By Peter Rhead
Gambling Three No-Trump Responses
Last week we introduced the convention “Gambling Three No-Trump (3NT)” that originated across the pond in Britain’s Acol Bridge system.
This week’s Gambling 3NT is about your responses to partner’s opening 3NT. First, let’s review last week. You and partner have agreed to play the Gambling 3NT. Partner opens 3NT. You know that partner has a hand with seven solid Clubs AKQJ0xx or seven solid Diamonds and nothing else – seven sure tricks if he can get in. If opener has anything extra, then his hand is too strong and he should open just One Club or One Diamond, not 3NT. Likewise, if he has seven solid Hearts or Spades, it is better to try for a game in the major…just open One Heart or One Spade.
With the 3NT opening, your hand, the dummy hand, needs to take only two tricks plus stop the opponents from getting more than four tricks. When your dummy hand does so, partner has his 3NT contract! So, how do you confirm this to him?
You have only two possible bids, PASS or Four Clubs. Let me explain.
What must you have in your dummy hand to PASS? First you must have at least one Diamond card AND one Club card to get to his long minor suit when dummy gets in.
Second, in order to PASS, you must have a stopping honour in EACH one of three suits (opening partner has all the honours in the fourth suit). A stopping honour would be an Ace or a protected King or three cards to the Queen.
If you fulfill these two requirements, the odds favour success in the Gambling 3NT more often than failure – and it will fail. However, the folks at the Acol Bridge Club say that if it does fail, your partnership may still get a good score because partner’s 3NT opening prevented the opposition from a possible contract.
Now what if you do not have the required stoppers and the entry to opener’s long suit? Should this be the case then you MUST bid Four Clubs over partner’s 3NT. Partner will correct if his suit is Diamonds, and that is where the contract will be played for a part score.
For more information, read Gambling 3NT in Barbara Seagram’s 25 More Bridge Conventions, page 47.
I hope you have enjoyed this fun journey into Gambling 3NT as much as I have enjoyed writing it. It does not come up very often!
Next Week: The Stayman Dilemma: A Five-Card Major
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CFUW MUSKOKA BRIDGE FOR BURSARIES FUNDRAISER
WINTER LUNCH AND BRIDGE/CARD/GAMES PARTY, ALL WELCOME
12 NOON FOR LUNCH Friday, Feb 21, 2020 $25 per person
South Muskoka Curling and Golf Club, 10 Golf Course Road, Bracebridge
A great opportunity for all to enjoy companionship and to support young women in Muskoka for college or university. Arrange your foursome and bring supplies for your table of four. To register, please provide four names to: Mary 705-646-8881 email@example.com or Carol 705-646-2567 firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIAL BRIDGE GAME IN HUNTSVILLE
AT THE SUMMIT CENTRE FOR ACTIVE LIVING, THURSDAYS 7PM
In the multi-purpose room 2nd floor (elevator) (back entrance of Summit Centre)
Just come – with or without a partner. Please arrive 10 minutes before game time. For information, contact Donna or Peter Tikuisis at 647 471 1774 or email@example.com.
This game will be played following Chicago Rules (allowing both fast and slow games). You will keep your same partner for the entire evening. Cost is $1.50 per person. Parking is outside the North Entrance opposite Heritage Village Railway Station.
PORT CARLING SOCIAL BRIDGE CLUB
Games for the Port Carling Social Bridge Club for the Winter are Monday afternoon 1pm at the Port Carling Community Centre, 3 Bailey Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time. For information, contact Andree or Scott 705-764-3827 firstname.lastname@example.org
Results for Monday, Feb 10, 2020 1. Karen Atkin and Mary Jane Rogers 4410 points; 2. Joan & Len Frost 4340 points; 3. Susan & Ted Daglish 3250 points
HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games are Tuesday 1pm Trinity United Church 33 Main Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time. For partnerships and information call Jan Roberts 705 635-2522 or email email@example.com
The following winners are for Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 with 7 pairs playing a Howell Movement. 1. Liz Graham and Jim Smith; 2. Vern Foell and Rod Dixon; 3. Gerry VanLierop and Ron Groulx; 4. Mary Simonett and Garry Fraser
MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays 7pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road. Please arrive with your partner 10 minutes before game time. For information contact Brian at 705-645-5340 firstname.lastname@example.org
The following winners are from Monday, Feb 10, 2020 with 7 pairs playing a Howell movement. 1. Jim Smith and Don Evans; 2. Mary Mitchell and Isabel Hellberg; 3. Mary Luke and Donna McIntosh; 4. Betty Fagin and Brian Brocklehurst
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