Category Archives: Bidding

Stayman – Response to 2

I found a new response today for when your partner responds 2 to your Stayman.

If you have a 5-4 split in a major, respond with the 5-card suit.  This will communicate to your partner that you can carry the contract in your hand if they have 3 cards in that suit.  It also leaves room to continue with the traditional 2NT bid.

Don’t be Greedy

I’d be a lousy poker player. Even though I was alone playing a Bridge Base arena challenge online, I think I let out a gasp when I saw this hand:

AKQ82
AKQT
AQ
A8
28 HCP

I opened with 2 to show partner I had *lots* of points. Partner responded 2, meaning not much over there (this was an online tournament with a robot, and I don’t think it plays steps, but either way a 2 bid is bad news).

Surely partner had something useful? I responded 2 hoping for at least a little support. Partner responded 3, which apparently is a double negative, meaning ‘I really, really have nothing.’

Surely I could make due with whatever was over there, and maybe get a good break or two on E/W’s distribution, so I bid 6NT. And went down 3 tricks, since partner had ZERO points and nothing at all useful. Had I bid 3NT as a sensible player would, I would have been fine.

On the bright side, the other player in the arena challenge was just as greedy as me, bid 7, and went down 3 as well, so we tied.

Lesson learned: listen to your partner!

Here’s the full hand if you want to play with it on Counting Cards. Can you find a way to make slam?

Dealer: s
North
T5
83
983
T97652
0 HCP
West
J752
KT642
J43
5 HCP
East
J9643
964
J75
KQ
7 HCP
South
AKQ82
AKQT
AQ
A8
28 HCP
West North East South
2
Pass2Pass2
Pass3Pass6NT
PassPassPass

Strong Two Bid — 2 or 2NT

Do lots and lots of trump overcome few points?

Today at a party bridge group, my partner and I held something like this, and I, playing South, opened 1.

Dealer: s
North
974
JT7532
94
65
1 HCP
West
0 HCP
East
0 HCP
South
K85
AKQ96
876
AK
19 HCP
West North East South
1
Pass???

North has only 1 point, but six trump to go along with at least five in my hand (since I opened a major).

What should North bid? It seems a shame to ignore all those hearts, but she only has 1 point?