Chances are, if your opponents are ending their bid at two, they don’t have many points between them. Why should they win the contract, simply because they bid first?
- If they find a fit, it is also likely that your own partnership has a fit.
- The opposite is also true – if they don’t find a fit, you probably won’t either in your partnership.
- Opponents have opened 1 of a suit
- Opponent partner makes a simple suit raise to 2 of the same suit OR
- Opponent partner remains at the 1 level
- Opponent partnership then passes
Own Partnership Defensive bid:
In the last bid position, where a pass would end the bidding:
- If you have within a king’s value* of opening points
- Partnership should:
- agree that doubles in this position are not for takeout AND
- knowing this is a balancing bid, deduct 3 points from their response bid
- 6 points + 5-card suit
- Shortness in opponent’s suit
- 13 points – King = 10+ points
- Support for unbid suits
- No Trump Opening:
- 15 points – King = 12+ points
Use caution when:
- Opener rebids their own suit
- Opponent partnership ends at 1NT
- When the opponent partnership does not find a fit.