September 2020 - 45

Newer Players

Bidding Basics
BY LARRY COHEN

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Responder's rebid after an initial response to 2♣
Partner has opened 2♣ and we have
responded. What about our second
bid? We are assuming the most common method of responding (see the
April 2018 issue) where 2♦ is "waiting." On probably about 90% of the
deals, we would have responded 2♦.
Let's get the other 10% out of the way
first. If we have both 8-plus high-card
points and a good five-card or longer
suit (two of the top three honors or
three of the top five honors), we will
have responded in that suit.
After 2♣-2♥/2♠/3♣/3♦: Opener
and responder both bid naturally, and
we are in a game force. Jumps to game
are the weakest actions. For example,
after 2♣-2♥; 2♠, notrump bids are

➤ Lessons Learned continued

the principle of "fast arrival."
Jumps to 3NT should have a special
understanding. Generally, I like it to
show 18-19 balanced. So 1♠-(Pass)-
2♣-(Pass); 3NT shows 18-19 balanced and partner can choose whether
to go further. This keeps you out of
4NT when you might otherwise have
had to do that to make a slam try.
Jumping in opener's suit should
show a solid seven-card or longer suit.
1♠-(Pass)-2♣-(Pass); 3♠ doesn't
show 16-18; rather it should show
a particular "picture" of a hand that
wants partner to control bid in support
of spades. Typically you'll hold:
♠A K Q J 5 4 3 ♥A 7 ♦8 6 3 ♣5
or something similar.

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natural with stoppers in the other
suits, and bidding 3♠ is stronger than
4♠ (raising shows at least three-card
support).
For example, after 2♣-2♠; 3♦, bid
3♠ with:
♠K Q J 6 3 2 ♥A 7 ♦10 ♣8 7 6 4.
Bid 3NT with:
♠K Q 10 8 5 ♥K 10 3 ♦7 ♣J 10 7 6.
Raise to 4♦ with:
♠A Q 10 5 4 ♥9 2 ♦K Q 8 ♣9 8 3.
Raise to 5♦ with:
♠K Q J 3 2 ♥6 5 ♦Q 3 2 ♣7 6 5.
Responder's second bid after
responding 2♦
After 2♣-2♦, responder could have
anything. He could have zero points, or
he could have a flat 12 (never respond
in notrump). If opener next bids 2NT,
then Stayman and Jacoby transfers apply. The auction continues as if it were
a 2NT opening, but the range is now
22-24 HCP. After an unlikely 2♣-2♦;
3NT (25-27), Stayman and Jacoby
transfers are still on. So after 2♣-2♦;
2NT, bid 3♣ with:
♠Q 10 8 7 ♥7 ♦Q 8 7 6 ♣7 6 5 2.
Bid 3♦ with:
♠7 6 ♥Q 10 8 7 6 ♦3 2 ♣J 10 8 7.
Raise to 3NT with:
♠Q 5 4 ♥J 5 4 ♦J 6 5 ♣Q 7 6 5
or
♠7 6 5 ♥6 5 ♦5 4 3 ♣K Q 10 7 6.
If opener shows a suit on his second
bid (promising five or more), a new suit

by responder would show five or more
cards and is game forcing. For example,
the sequence 2♣-2♦; 2♠-3♥ shows
something like:
♠7 ♥A J 8 6 3 ♦8 7 3 2 ♣7 6 2.
If responder bids notrump at his
second turn, it is natural (game forcing). For example, after 2♣-2♦; 2♥,
bid 2NT with:
♠J 9 6 4 ♥5 ♦Q 10 5 3 ♣Q 9 5 2.
What about raising opener's suit? If
opener shows a suit, a raise would be
three-plus card support and game forcing. The most important issue here is
raising opener's major. It is important
to know that raising to four of a major
is weaker than raising to three of the
major. 2♣-2♦; 2♥-4♥ is something
like:
♠10 3 2 ♥Q 10 4 ♦8 5 ♣J 7 6 5 4.
With 6-7 or more points in support,
raise instead to three of opener's major
to show some slam interest. Raise to
3♥ after 2♣-2♦; 2♥ with:
♠A 9 2 ♥K 8 6 ♦4 3 ♣Q 8 6 4 2.
There is a conventional follow-up
(which occurs once every few years)
whereby responder can say he is really broke (0-3). That would be for
responder to bid the cheapest minor at
his second turn. So 2♣-2♦; 2M-3♣
is artificial and says: "Partner, if you
repeat your suit, I might drop you in
a partscore." Note that after 2♣-2♦;
2NT, 3♣ is still Stayman, not the
super-bust hand. (With such a hand,
responder can simply pass 2NT.)
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2020

In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
Inbox -Letters to the Editor
A Message from the President
The Recruiter King
The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
Eyes on the Street
BBO Helpdesk
NABC Robot Individual
Play the Cards You're Dealt
Endless Summer Results
Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
Ruling the Game
The Bidding Box
It's Your Call
Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
Boehm on Bridge
Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
Challenge of the Month
The Real Deal - by Larry Cohen
West Hands -Bidding Box
Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
East Hands -Bidding Box
Test Your Play
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
Solutions to Test Your Play
My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
George's World - by George Jacobs
Life Master Milestones
New Life Masters
Puzzle Page
In Memoriam
Obituary - Sue Erwin (1943-2020)
Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
Obituary - Maria Teresa Lavazza (1937-2020)
Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 1
September 2020 - 2
September 2020 - 3
September 2020 - 4
September 2020 - 5
September 2020 - In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
September 2020 - Inbox -Letters to the Editor
September 2020 - 8
September 2020 - A Message from the President
September 2020 - The Recruiter King
September 2020 - 11
September 2020 - The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
September 2020 - 13
September 2020 - 14
September 2020 - 15
September 2020 - 16
September 2020 - 17
September 2020 - Eyes on the Street
September 2020 - 19
September 2020 - BBO Helpdesk
September 2020 - 21
September 2020 - NABC Robot Individual
September 2020 - Play the Cards You're Dealt
September 2020 - Endless Summer Results
September 2020 - 25
September 2020 - 26
September 2020 - 27
September 2020 - 28
September 2020 - Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
September 2020 - Ruling the Game
September 2020 - 31
September 2020 - The Bidding Box
September 2020 - 33
September 2020 - 34
September 2020 - 35
September 2020 - It's Your Call
September 2020 - 37
September 2020 - 38
September 2020 - 39
September 2020 - Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
September 2020 - Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
September 2020 - Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
September 2020 - Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
September 2020 - Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
September 2020 - Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
September 2020 - 46
September 2020 - Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
September 2020 - Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
September 2020 - Boehm on Bridge
September 2020 - Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
September 2020 - Challenge of the Month
September 2020 - West Hands -Bidding Box
September 2020 - Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
September 2020 - Test Your Play
September 2020 - Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Solutions to Test Your Play
September 2020 - My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
September 2020 - Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
September 2020 - Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
September 2020 - George's World - by George Jacobs
September 2020 - Life Master Milestones
September 2020 - 63
September 2020 - New Life Masters
September 2020 - Puzzle Page
September 2020 - Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
September 2020 - Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
September 2020 - 68
September 2020 - Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
September 2020 - 70
September 2020 - Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 72
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