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Dear Billy
BY BILLY MILLER

Dear Billy,
A bunch a friends in the Dallas-
Fort Worth area, all capable bridge
players, have begun discussing this
pair of auctions (opponents silent):
1♣-1♠; 2♦-2♠.
Is 2♠ forcing?
1♣-1♠; 2♦-2♥
Is 2♥ natural? Forcing?
The first one is of most concern
to me and a source of disagreement
among us. I can't imagine not being
able to make a second-round, nonforcing bid with:
♠A J 9 8 4 ♥J 6 4 ♦8 3 2 ♣7 5,
yet some experts say opener must
bid again. On the other hand, we
have heard from at least one noted
expert that says it's not forcing.
Obviously, I'd like to avoid getting to
the three level with only 22 HCP and
a misfit. What, sir, is your opinion?
Stopped On a Dime
Dear Nick L.,
I play that both auctions are 100%
forcing for one round. But, although
they are unlimited bids, they both say
that you may pass opener's next bid. So
they are two-way bids. Each could be
weak or strong. The only bid that I play
that allows opener to pass below three
of a minor is 2NT, showing 5-7 HCP
and a stopper in the fourth suit. Natural and weak. With 8-10 HCP, you'd
jump to 3NT or bid fourth suit with no

dearbilly@aol.com

stopper in the fourth suit.
In the second auction, 2♥ is artificial, but if the fourth suit is below
opener's first bid suit, it also says, "I
might pass your next bid." If the fourth
suit is above opener's first suit, it is still
artificial, but is also game forcing. For
example, 1♣-1♠; 2♥-3♦.
Players have many systems and
treatments to play over reverses. This
is my favorite.
Hi Billy,
In third seat, right-hand opponent
opened 1♣ and I held:
♠6 ♥K 9 4 3 ♦K 5 4 ♣A K Q 7 5.
What should I bid with my 15
points? I passed, and LHO bid 1♠,
and it was passed out. My partner
wasn't happy with me. What is the
best lie I can make? As it turned out
2♥ by us was makeable.
Felt Trapped
Dear Bunker,
I suppose you could overcall 1NT
initially, but with a stiff spade, that is
pretty far-fetched. I agree with your
original pass. Once lefty responds 1♠
and opener passes, indicating a light
opener, now you must spring into
action. You have a perfect takeout
double of 1♠ with spade shortness and
support for all the other suits. There is
no doubt you have the best hand at the
table and a clear path to proceed has
presented itself.
In bridge, you must be prepared to
change course on short notice.

Dear Billy,
In a recent club game on BBO, not
vulnerable in second seat, I held:
♠10 9 8 4 ♥6 ♦A K Q 10 8 7 ♣8 2.
I opened 2♦ (weak). LHO passed.
Partner held:
♠A Q ♥A K Q 10 7 3 ♦J 6 2 ♣K 3.
He huddled and bid 5♦. I made
seven for a 10% score. That's because
most others were in 4♥ making six,
and a couple bid 6♦.
We do not play Ogust. We play
RONF (raise only non-force) over
weak-twos in the majors. My partner, however, was not sure if 2♥ was
forcing over 2♦. Clearly, we need
better methods. How would experts
have bid this? You mean these diamonds are worthless?
Too Many Diamonds?
Dear Two Too,
The thing to do is to respond 2♥,
natural and forcing. Clarify your methods to make sure all new suits over
all weak two-bids are forcing for one
round. That would make for smooth
sailing. That's how I play it.
Giving up on 3NT or 4♥ does not
make sense. Since when did getting to
game in a minor become fashionable?
Most players would view that destination as a last resort. With a 6-4 maximum, you'd respond 2♠ to 2♥ and
partner would undoubtably try 3NT.
Your methods are fine. You might work
on refining your judgment!
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September 2020

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
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