September 2020 - 47

```Newer Players

BY JERRY HELMS

Dear Jerry,
My partner and I got a terrible
result on the following deal. Our
hands:
♠Q 7 6 4 3 ♥K 10 ♦K 4 ♣A 8 6 3
♠2 ♥Q J 9 6 5 2 ♦A 6 3 2 ♣7 5
Our Standard American auction:
1♠
All Pass

1NT

We lost four clubs, three spades
and a heart for down two. All the
pairs who reached 2♥ took at least
6-10 points, I never dreamed of
bidding again. Partner does not
have enough points to bid 2♥. How
should we reach a heart contract?
Chip
Hi Chip,
Holding your cards, despite holding minimal values, playing Standard
American, I would have introduced
my club suit rather than passing. Let
me give you a little background for the
logic in bidding again.
I'm sure by now you have at least
encountered players using 2/1 game
force. An intregal part of that system
is using some form of 1NT forcing
over major-suit opening bids. Without
delving too deeply, this is a necessary
tool in the 2/1 system for, among other
reasons, how responder deals with
11-12 point hands that are not worthy
of a game force ... the type of hands that
Standard players would have no problem simply bidding their suit at the two

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level. Some of the theory actually applies to Standard American auctions.
My "Space Theory"
Choices in many bidding sequences
are affected by the number of options
available. On the four that follow, note
the available "space" between the
opening bid and the 1NT response.
1♣

Pass

1NT

Holding appropriate length, responder could have bid 1♦, 1♥, 1♠ or
2♣ on as few as 6 points. Number of
options? Five. The decision to bid 1NT
would always guarantee a balanced
hand.
1♦

Pass

1NT

Holding appropriate length, responder could have bid 1♥, 1♠ or 2♦
on as few as 6 points, yet chose 1NT.
Number of options? Four. The decision to bid 1NT means a balanced hand
most of the time. For the skeptics ...
holding:
♠7 4 ♥9 4 3 ♦A 5 ♣Q 9 7 6 4 3,
with 6 HCP, pass is not an option, nor
is bidding a new suit at the two level,
ergo, 1NT!
1♥

Pass

1NT

Holding appropriate length, responder could have bid 1♠ or 2♥ with
that same 6-point hand, yet he chose
1NT. Number of options? Three.
1♠

Pass

1NT

Holding three or more spades, and
the requisite 6 points, responder could
bid 2♠. Number of options? Two. On
all hands with two or fewer spades and
6-10 points, 1NT is the only option.
A brief summary: A 1NT response to
1♣ never contains a singleton or a void.
A 1NT response to 1♦ rarely contains
a singleton or a void. A 1NT response
to 1♥ will often contain a singleton or
a void. And a 1NT response to 1♠ frequently contains a singleton or a void.
When asked to define what a 1NT
response to 1♠ shows in Standard
American, the frequent response is, "6
to 10 points, balanced distribution."
The actual answer should be, "6 to 10
points, frequently unbalanced." As unappetizing as it may seem, what is the
appropriate response to 1♠ on each of
the following:
♠5 ♥8 2 ♦A J 8 7 5 2 ♣J 7 5 4
♠- ♥A K 3 ♦10 8 6 5 3 ♣9 7 6 5 2
♠2 ♥Q J 9 6 5 2 ♦A 6 3 2 ♣7 5
You might recognize the third example. Even playing Standard American, it is usually best for opener to
bid a second suit if he holds one, even
with minimum values. This will allow
responder to escape to his long suit if
he has one, or sometimes simply take a
preference to opener's major holding a
doubleton.
Had you opted to rebid 2♣, your
partner should introduce his long heart
suit. Definitely not forcing, since he
failed to bid 2♥ originally. You should
pass. And that is how you get to 2♥
with Standard American.
◾
September 2020 Bridge Bulletin

47

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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
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
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
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
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Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
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