M J Bridge
Beginner and above
Assessing the hand
Whether you are at the beginner stage or operating at a far higher level, the way in which you think about the potential of your hand and your choice of opening bid are crucial to all that follows.
There is nothing new in the content of this page but some readers will find something new in outlook.
When you first pick up your hand, and after you have counted it and sorted it to your own satisfaction, I want you to assess it in two separate ways.
The second of these is to count the number of high-
First, however, I want you to note the shape -
The importance of this is that different hand-
If you make the mistake of starting with a bid which is appropriate to a different hand-
So start by identifying the hand-
Of these, 5-
Follow the link for a discussion of when to treat them as balanced and when to treat them as single-
Any other hand-
Note that the links above are irrespective of the strength (HCP) of the hand.
If you are considering opening the hand then follow the link according to the shape of the hand -
This page last revised 23rd Feb 2018
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