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Bidding

Hands

Not recommended

K Q 8 5 2

A 4

T 8 6

7 5 3

Partner opens 2♣.

Bid 2, if playing natural positives.

K Q 8 5 2

K Q

T 8 6

7 5 3

Partner opens 2♣.

A perfectly good game-going responding hand with a useful side-suit, but lacking the necessary ace and king.

Bid a 2 relay.

A Q 8

T 8 6 2

K 7 4

7 5 3

Partner opens 2♣.

You have the requisite ace and king.

Bid 2, if playing the traditional approach.


On other occasions the method can feel a bit silly:-


You will, perhaps, have gathered that I am not a fan of this method.

If you do wish to adopt something along these lines then I would suggest that at the very least your suit should satisfy some minimum requirement of quality.

The two examples below assume a minimum requirement of one quick trick in a four-card suit, but there is much to be said for adopting something considerably more stringent, at which point you are moving into the realm of the alternative ‘source of tricks’ requirement.

An ace and a king


A longstanding method which will be encountered in clubs throughout the country is that any response other than a relay is a natural positive promising at least an ace and a king somewhere in the hand.

In practice, natural means that the bid will be made in a four-card or longer suit.


Sometimes this works well:-

A Q 8

T 8 6 2

K 7 4

7 5 3

Partner opens 2♣.

You have the requisite ace and king, but the suit is of insufficient quality to warrant a positive response.

Make a relay response of 2.

A 8 6

K Q 8 2

T 9 7 4

7 3

Partner opens 2♣.

You have the requisite ace and king, and one honour trick in your four-card heart suit.

Bid 2 if playing natural positives.

Opener’s first bid

Opener’s rebid

This page last revised 22nd Apr 2018

Context  -  Responder’s first bid - partner opened an artificial strong two - RHO passed - positive responses.