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LHO opens 1, partner doubles, RHO passes... and the nightmare begins!

You hold one of the following hands, now what?

Hand type 1:

South
xxx
AQ
Qxxx
Kxxx
W
N
E
S
1
X
P
?
  Hand type 2:
South
xxx
Kxxx
Qxxx
AJ

Hand type 3 (you can go play at a casino now... no?): 

South
xxxx
xxx
xxx
xxx

Hand type 4:

South
Qxx
Axxx
Kx
Axxx

Hand type 5:

South
xxx
KJxxx
Axxx
x

It is clear to you that with the type 4 hand you want to be in game, with type 5 you want to invite a game in , and with type 3 hand you want to hide under the table!

With type 1, you do not want to bid as if you are holding type 3 or 4. Finally, with type 2, you want to be positive but are you at least 90% sure that the proper place to play is in ?

The general problem is... that you need to describe your hand and the 1 level is gone!

The "Advancer’s positive transfers" idea after (1) - Dbl - (Pass) - ?

The problem:

• After an 1 take out double and a responder’s pass, advancer has to bid at the 2-level with a weak hand.

• In order to make a “limit” jump, he has to bid something at the 3 level.

Is it a good idea to jump respond with a 4 card suit? Not really… If he has two 4 card suits which one is he going to bid?

• The 2 cue bid has to be GF because partner is forced to bid at the 3level.

So, we have problems to describe constructive hands without a 5 card suit.

New (?) ideas:

• We are going to use the 2NT response as a transfer cue bid.

No more 2NT natural response (why play 2NT - 1, if you can play 1NT ?).

We will use the 2NT bid, with GF or slam try hands.

• The 2, 3 & 3, responses, will be used with mostly invitational hands (one or two suited…).

Let’s see: (1) - Dbl - (Pass) - ?

A. Weak responses

• 2: 0-8, 3+

• 2: 0-8, (3)4+

• 2: 0-8, (3)4+

 

B. Invitational responses

• 1NT: (8)9-11 with stopper, no 4

• 2*: inv 9-11 with 5+c minor(OR GF hand without 4c not suitable for a 3NT response. Then we will bid 3.)

• 3*: inv with both minors 4-4 (or 4-3 with (10)11-12 hcps without  stopper)

• 3*: inv with 4c

• 3: inv with 5

After a 2 response

(1) – dbl – (Pass) – 2*

(Pass) – ?

• 2NT: Minimum with 

Then advancer bids:

1. Pass (ok!)

2. 3m, signoff

3. 3NT with the GF without 4.

 

• 3: Minimum, (Pass or Correct). Not suitable for a 2NT response.

Then advancer bids:

1. Pass with  or 3 with .

2. 3 with the GF without 4.

 

• 3: Maximum not "typical" 4441 take out double. Forcing to 4m, since 5m can be too high...

Then advancer bids:

1. 3: 3c

2. 3: no  stopper (then 4/5 pass or correct)

3. 3NT: stopper .4.

4: 4-4 both minors, no  stopper nor 3c, GF.

 

• 3: 5 GF.

Then advancer bids:

1. 3(advanced cue bid): no 3c no  stopper OR short  with 3.

2. 3NT: no 3c, with  stopper.

3. 4/: cue bid with 3c

4. 4: 3c, no cue bid (!).

 

• 3: Maximum, typical 4441 take out double hand.

Then advancer bids:

1. 3NT: I like this contract.

2. 4 m: OKCB (Optional Key Card Blackwood)

3. 5 m: SignOff.

 

• 3NT: Stopper in , signoff.

... (1) – dbl – (Pass) - ?

C. Game forcing responses

2NT*: GF with 4 types of hands

Α. 4c, no stopper (After a 3m response, we bid 3)

B. 4c, with stopper (After a 3m response, we bid 3NT)

C. 5+c, slam try (After a 3m response, we bid 3)

D. Strong hand with 5+-4+ minors (We then bid our short M at the 4 level, or 5m with 5m-4)

 

• 3*: GF (or Slam try) with one long minor (After a 3NT response, 4m is OKCB).

• 3NT: to play, no 4c (max 16hcps)

• 4/: GF unbalanced (5)6+/, 4

• 4: Hope to make this one!

• 4*: 5-5m, distributional hand, short , 10-12

• 4ΝΤ*: 5-5m, distributional hand, short , 10-12

 

After a 2NT response

(1) – dbl – (Pass) – 2NT*

(Pass) – ?   

           • 3/: I bid my 1st 4c minor (does not deny 4c)

               Then advancer bids:

                1. 3: 5c slam try

                2. 3: 4c no stopper

                3. 3NT: 4c with  stopper (then 4 other minor 4/ is transfer to 4)

           • 3: 5c

           • 3: 3433 with  stopper (put opener on lead!)

           • 3NΤ: 3433 no  stopper (same idea-to be dummy)

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