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You opened a weak three


At a basic level, this page is easy.

You have defined your hand with your opening bid.  Partner is now in control of the auction and you will do as you are told.

The following rules are no more than reminders of the ideas introduced in the section on responder’s first bid.


Partner’s raise to any level may be preemptive and it may be realistic.  In either case you pass.

Partner’s bid of 3NT is to play.  Trust him.  Even if you don’t trust him you still pass.

Partner’s bid in a new suit is forcing.  Not every partnership plays it in this manner but that is my recommendation.  I further suggested that it should promise at least a good five-card holding and is therefore a suggestion for an alternative strain.  Either he will have more than that or he will be able to stand your return to your first suit.  In general you will raise partner to game with three cards in his suit and crawl back to your own suit otherwise.

K 5 3

Q J T 8 7 6 4

7

6 2

Bid 4.

Partner’s new suit is forcing and suggests an alternative contract - you must bid the game.

You

LHO

Pard

RHO

3

-

3

-

?








K 5 3

Q J T 8 7 6 4

7

6 2

Does partner think you can make this contract?

Who knows?

Pass - and wait to find out in about four minutes time.

You

LHO

Pard

RHO

3

-

4

-

?








K 5 3

Q J T 8 7 6 4


7 6 2

You’re really not feeling great about this development, but that is irrelevant.

Pass.

You

LHO

Pard

RHO

3

-

3NT

-

?








K 3

Q J T 8 7 6 4

5

7 6 2

Only two card support for partner.

Provided he is a good and long-standing friend, and likely to remain that way, you might try 4 on a probable 5-2 fit and a singleton.

Otherwise bid 4.

You

LHO

Pard

RHO

3

-

3

-

?








Beginner and above

Responder’s first bid

Context  -  opener’s rebid.