By Peter Rhead
More examples of how to use respond to partner’s three preempt
Today we look at more examples of how you might respond to the Preemptive Three.
Case 1: Your partner opens Three Diamonds. Right-hand opponent passes. With your 20 points including one length point, you know your partnership may have enough strength for a game. You bid Three Spades forcing partner towards game. If partner has support for Spades, he will bid Four Spades. Otherwise he just bids Four Diamonds and you take the contract to Five Diamonds.
Case 2: Partner opens Three Clubs. With this hand of 16 points including one length point you know your partnership is unlikely to have the strength for game. You know partner is weak. Just make it harder for the opponents by extending the preempt. You bid Four Clubs. If partner has a good 11 points, he can go to Five Clubs.
Case 3: Partner opens Three Hearts. With this hand of 15 points including one length point, you know your partnership may have enough for game. Make it tough for the opposition. You go to Four Hearts immediately.
For more information, check out “Responding to Three Bids” by Barbara Seagram in 25 More conventions You Should Know, page 31
Next Week: When to Super Accept partner’s transfer after your 1NT Opening
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