There are 6 sequences that declare a holding of two specific suits of 5 or more cards each and <=7LTC.
In BETA hands conforming to the above specification are NOT to be opened by either:
- 2Ma This leaves this bid to cater for
- 5+ with a 4 card suit & 4-5LTC. Open 2Ma and rebid in your 2nd suit; Else with 6-7 LTC open 1S|H & rebid in your 2nd suit
- 6+ with no 2nd suit & 4-5LTC. Open 2Ma and rebid your suit.
- 2C This bid is for all Balanced hands with 23+HCP or Single-Suited hands with <= 3 1/2 LTC
Your LTC counts should be made conservatively use Harrison Gray's
Your HCP count is based on 4-3-2-1 from Goren. However Note that an Ace is worth 4 1/4 , but a Jack is barely worth 3/4!
You have reached this point with one of the folllowing routes:
- Directly in the case of these opening bids:
- 3♣ Shows 5+-5+ or better in Red Suits
- 3♦ Shows 5+-5+ or better in Majors
2. Via a 2♦
Opening and a 3♣
or a 3♦
- 3♣ Shows 5+-5+ or better in Clubs & Hearts
- 3♦ Shows 5+-5+ or better in Diamonds & Spades
3. Via an initial opening at the 1-level opening in Spades and a rebid of 3 Clubs
4. Via an initial opening at the 1-level opening in Diamonds and a rebid of 3 Clubs
the sequence of opening 1H and rebid of 3C has another meaning:
Confirms 5+ Hearts and 4 Clubs with >5 LTC and <=6 1/2 LTC
All the above concerns when your side initiates the
bidding. Now BETA also delivers overcalls to show the same 2-suited
hands when your opponents have opened with 1 in a 3rd suit. This
determines 2 specific suits at the 3-level and specifies a strong
<=5LTC or a weaker 6-7LTC. See full detail in 2nd position
. Now the continuations regardless of who opened the bidding all follow the approach that follows....
Following all these sequences showing 5-5 or better the responder has the following possible continuations:
a) Chooses the contract! in either of the 2 suits exposed at the 3 or 4 level - and partner may make a further simple raise
b) Issues a 3N' forcing
inquiry to obtain additional distributional information! This 3NT bid may never
Following a 3N 'shape' inquiry which determines additional shape information - inparticular where the shortage is as follows:
- One may give simple preference at the 3-level in either
of partner's declared suits. This may mean passing a 3♣/3♦ rebid if its the preferred suit
- One should always prefer a 3N bid if confident of 10+
tricks. Jumping to a Major game is stating 'so far and NO further! - more
distributional than based on HCP
- Over 3♦
Partner may directly bid a Major game on distributional values.
However with solid game values a 3NT inquiry must always be preferred.
- A direct bid of 4NT ERKCB is not to be considered - the 3NT/4NT sequences are far more powerful.
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 the response is useful then bid 4N to investigate a possible slam.
- If your RHO intervenes then'*|**' indicates
your intention to have bid 3NT and partner responds in 4 steps:
(given without intervention). With further intervention use PASS,*|**,Next & Next+1.
- The four normal response steps to a 3NT inquiry without intervention are:
- 4♥: Shows 6+-5+ and a void in the lower unspecified suit
- 4♠: Shows 6+-5+ and a void in the higher unspecified suit
- 4♣: Shows 5+-5+ and a singleton OR void in the lower unspecified suit
- 4♦: Shows 5+-5+ and a singleton OR void in the higher unspecified suit
- One should NOT make the usual response to 3N if opponents intervene. Instead bid:
- Bid 4H|S to play if available - Partner can close the auction with a game bid or make a 4N! inquiry
- PASS if intended to bid 4C|H - responder should now chooses a game bid of his preference or a 4N! inquiry
- * or ** if intended to bid 4D|S - as above
- If you have a powerful <=4LTC then bid:
- 5C Shows 4LTC
- 5D Shows 3LTC
- 5H Shows 2LTC
all has some risk when opponents steal bidding space but they are
taking risk too and you may penalise them if you feel that's the better
- Now the usual continuation of a 4NT request requires 3+ working covers to obtain the LTC of your 2-suited partner as follows:
- 5♣=7, 5♦=6, 5♥=5, 5♠=4, 5N=3.
- If intervention then a usual PASS and *|** are the first to steps showing:
- PASS: 7 & 6LTC: Partner can PASS, double (penalties) or bid game
- *|**: 5 LTC: Partner can PASS or bid game
- NEXT: 4LTC
- NEXT+1: 3LTC