By Peter Rhead
Examples of offering or accepting an invitation to game
Last week we looked at some of the choices you have when offering or accepting an invitation to game. Is your hand “good” enough? This week we look at some examples.
Consider how you should treat the following hands to make, accept, or decline an invitation to game.
Case 1: You are the opener and you open One Heart with 13 points including one length point. Your partner jumps to three in your suit showing 10-12 points and support for your suit. Partner’s invitation to game you should not accept because you have only two likely tricks in your minimum hand. You should PASS and play Three Hearts for the part score.
Case 2: Again, you are the opener and you open One Heart with 13 points including one length point. Again, your partner jumps to three in your suit showing 10-12 points and support for your suit. This time you should gladly accept partner’s invitation to game because you have three sure tricks in your “good” hand. You bid Four Hearts and play for the game score.
Case 3: You open One No-Trump with your balanced 17 points including one length point. Partner bids Two No-Trump inviting you to bid game if at the top of your point range with a good hand. You are near the top of your point range but you have a bad hand with possibly only two tricks. Therefore you should PASS.
Next Week: More examples of when to invite or accept a game invitation.
Remember, as we all fight COVID-19 with social isolation, if you want your Bridge fix, online competition is available for all skill levels. From the ACBL Bridge website, you can hook up either to play live people or to play robots. Either way you test or consolidate various Bridge skills. At ACBL.org just click on “Play Bridge” and follow the prompts for various choices.
If you wish to promote an activity in your Bridge group or ask a Bridge question, send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to include it in this column.
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