These openings each show 2 specific
suits weak. with 5-8 LTC variant.
However it may be used for powerful 2-suited hands with <=3LTC!
The LTC count must be made conservatively. Unsupported Queens (no J) or
unsupported Kings (no Ace or Queen) are to be counted as 1 & 1/2
The range may be changed by 1/2 LTC in either direction - just make the necessary adjustments.
- 3 Shows 5+-5+ or better in Red Suits
- 3 Shows 5+-5+ or better in Majors
2D Opening followed by 3
- 3 Shows 5+-5+ or better in Clubs & Hearts
- 3 Shows 5+-5+ or better in Diamonds & Spades
Notes: Minor two suiters and both black suits are not covered.
However both Black suits should ALWAYS be opened 1S.
If opponents open the bidding use any of:
Cue-bid: Highest 2 unbid
2N: Highest + Lowest unbid suits. Valid in both 2nd & 4th positions
3C/3D: Strong jump ocercalls - shows bidded minor + highest unbid suit (2nd position ONLY).
Bid_lower_cyclically: over a suit opening, 4th Position ONLY
Bid_highest_ranking: over a 1N opponent opening (rebid lower if
necessary) in 2nd or 4th position (note with 4-4 or 5-4 we bid the
1N: Two lowest unbid suits. Valid in both 2nd & 4th positions.
With both minors overcall
1N in either 2nd or 4th position if the possibility arises.
- In the following text: 'Other'= Spades (3 opening) or Diamonds (3 opening). While following 2D opening: Spades (3 rebid) or Hearts (3D rebid). I.e. The HIGHER of the remaining suits.
- The disclosed shortage is always either a VOID or Singleton
- With 5 LTC prefer 2Ma opening, except with 6-5 or better
- With 4 LTC use judgement, but tend to NOT use 2C opening.
- Using 5 1/2 - 8 1/2 variant there is no overlap with 2Ma openings
- However (4)-8 is possible exceptionally when agreeing 5-8.
should consider his LTC w.r.t. partner's known 5-5
. Any A or K or Q in either of partners suits reduces Opener's
LTC by 1.
- Any Ace opposite a suit potentially of 1-2-3 Cards.
- An Ace oposite a declared void should never be counted!
- A King opposite a declared singleton should not be counted
- A King opposite a suit of potentially 2-3 cards may be counted.
- Partner may give simple preference at the 3-level in either
of partner's declared suits. This may mean passing a 3C/3D rebid
following a 2D opening. This is non-forcing but opener may continue to
game exceptionally with a 6-5 or better! If opening 2D then preference
for partners rebid may require a PASS, or a simple raise to 4.
- When partner opened 3mi one may PASS exceptionally
with a 7 card pre-empt in his partner's opening bid AND no fit. This could make sense if
short in both (void/singleton) in both of partners suits. However with
xxx or Qx in either of partners suit give preference.
- Over 3
Partner may bid game in either of partner's suits - a distributionally
based raise. Bidding 4 in partner's minor is a limit bid based on
parner's 7/8 LTC count.
- Over 3
Partner may directly bid a Major game on distributional values.
However with solid values a 3NT inquiry must be preferred.
- A direct bid of 4NT ERKCB is not recommended - the following bid
of 3NT/4NT sequences are far more useful. Consider: Opener is likely to
have at most 2Aces and what if one lies in a short suit?
must investigate a slam with solid game values and support for at least
one of partner's suits. This is accomplished with an artificial asking
bid of 3NT. If your RHO intervenes then'*'¦'**' indicates
intention to bid 3NT) and partner responds in 4 steps below:
(given without intervention):
- First steps with a direct 3mi opening bid:-
- 3/3-3N-4 singleton/void in Clubs, so: 2 or 3 cards in 'Other' (If prior intervention then PASS indicates intention to have bid 4). (If prior intervention
then PASS also indicates intention to have bid 65xx or better with a void, if unable to show void at the 4-level.)
singleton/void in 'Other' Spades/Diamonds respectively, so 2-3 cards in Clubs (If prior intervention
then '*'¦'**' indicates intention to have bid 65xx or better with a void, if unable to show void at the 4-level.)
- 3/3-3N-4 shows void in Clubs and a 6520 or better distribution. Next suit shows this after a intervention
- 3/3-3N-4 Shows void in 'Other' suit: Spades/Diamonds respectively.
- Now sequences starting with 2D-2X-3mi
- 3 Shows & -4 Shows Diamond void; while -4 shows Spade void. If intervention has made NEXT bid or NEXT+1 bid impossible use PASS & */** as indicated above.
- 3 Shows & -4 Shows Club void; while -4 shows Heart void. If intervention has made NEXT bid or NEXT+1 bid impossible use PASS & */** as indicated above.
- Now following location of shortage, a further
relay by responder with a 4NT, showing slam interest, relay asks
for opener's total LTC as shown below OR responder can close the bidding in 5 of his chosen denomination.
- 5=8, 5=7, 5=6, 5=5, (5N=4 rare).
If intervention then PASS and */** are the first to steps followed by
NEXT suit & NEXT+1 suit if available (may not bid at 6-level.)
- With 3LTC or less a cue bid at the 6 Level shows additional control in a side suit - i.e. if the one in which a singleton has been shown it would now confirm an Ace or void, if in the other side suit it would also show Ace or void. Partner then concludes the bidding.
- I add this comment to help distinquish between the option of jumping to game and using the conventional 3N inquiry.
- Basically the jump to game is closure. It should be more of a
distributional nature with little in the way of key cards. The key
cards are the 4 Aces and the K's of either of opener's 2 suits. In most
cases 2KC's is too much for the direct jump to game. Typically good
support 4+cards in chosen suit - any minor trump suit honour is a plus,
useful void, some length in both of opponers decalred suits. Or
combination thereof - moral is that game does not need a great deal!
and beware opponents may have a viable game¦slam in one of the other
will always give the normal response to 3NT - If this response does not
make responder consider a slam he may now close in Game. However after
this sequence & not the direct one opener may with (4)-6 LTC make a
bid as if partner had continued 4N. Again partner may close at the 5
level or bid a slam. For this the resposes are;
- +1: 6LTC ; +2: 5 LTC ; +3: 4 LTC. (this is a new suggestion) - should allow termination at 5-level in most cases.
- Examples 3D-4S-P; 3D-3N-4C-4S-5C(5 LTC)-6S; 3D-3N-4C-4N-5S(4-5 LTC)-6S.
- Remember in these sequences its the responder who is always in control and will choose the final contract. Opener may not hijack the bidding.