Hello and welcome to the Tidewater Bridge Unit (TBU). TBU members are preparing for their annual “A” Game Tournament held September 18 thru 20, 2015. This year, the TBU Planning Committee is excited about having the Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier to host the upcoming tournament. There are a limited number of “special rate” rooms set aside for this very “special occasion.” Please reserve your room by calling 1-800-993-4751 now and asking for the Tidewater Bridge Group Rate.
Although this is the last lesson in this series, the bridge column will continue in the New Journal & Guide-please join us!
Preemptive Bidding and Bidding Big Hands (2 Club Openers) will be our topics for today.
An opening preemptive bid is a bid of 2 Diamonds or higher with a hand that you would not open without the necessary 12 or 13 HCP. (Note: 2Clubs is not a preempt-see Bidding Big Hands.) When you make a preempt, you make things difficult for the opponents while describing your hand to your partner.
An opening preempt hand should contain between 5 and 10 points, with most ofthose points in the long suit.
• With a six-card suit, open at the 2 level (except for clubs). A Disciplined weak 2 bid promises 2 of the top 3 honors if vulnerable, 2 of top 4 if not vulnerable.
• With a seven-card suit, open at the three level.
• With an eight-card suit, open at the four level
Responding to Preempts
Remember, partner has opened with a preempt hand that can contain as little as 5 points.
• With 8 or fewer points, PASS
• If partner preempts and you have a singleton in his suit, DO NOT rescue him.
A new suit is forcing (partner must bid) over a 2-level preempt. PASS.
* If you have a fit (8+ cards in the combined hands), you can give partner a raise.
* With 16+ points you can find out specific information about partner’s opening preempt. By bidding 2NT in response to partner’s 2-level preempt bid, you are “asking for a feature.” After your 2NT bid, your partner will bid a feature (Ace or protected King (not a singleton). If there is no feature, partner repeats his suit, and with AKQxxx in his suit, partner responds 3NT. We use features to find out whether your hand has a potential entry so that you can play in no-trump.
1. (S)AQxxx (H)AJ (D)Jxxx (C) x
Bid: 1 spade – This is an opening hand.
2. (S)x (H)Axxx (D)KQxxxx (C)xx
Bid: Pass – Avoid a preempt with an outside 4 card major.
3. (S)x (H)AKxxxx (D)xxxx (C)Qx
Bid: 2 Hearts
Your partner opened 2 spades.You hold:
1. (S)Axxx (H)Kxx (D)Axxxx (C)x
Bid: 4 spades – A good hand and 4 trump pieces.
2. (S)x (H)AKxx (D)Qxxx
Bid: Pass – You need 16+ points to ask for a feature. You cannot give partner a raise with just 1 spade.
3. (S)Axx (H)Qxx (D)Kxxx (C)Kxx
Bid: 3 Spades – This is extending the preempt, may make it difficult for oppenent to bid.
Bidding Big Hands
2 Club Artificial Opening
The 2 Club opening bid is strong, forcing, artificial, and says nothing about clubs. The hand should hold 22+ HCP or 9 immediate winners.
22 -25 HCP
21+ HCP 7 card suit
23+ HCP 6 card suit
23+ HCP 2 five=card suits
25+ HCP 1 five-card suit
Responses to Partner’s
2 Club Opening
Opener’s Second Bid
2 NT 22 – 24 HCP
3NT 25 – 27 HCP
4NT 28 – 39 HCP
2H/2S = 5 card suit
3C/3D = 6+card suit
3H/3S = 6+ card suit
Responses to Opener’s Second Bid
1. With less than 4 points, bid second negative telling the 2Club opener to place the final contract:
2 Hearts3 Clubs
2. Systems are on over 2NT (Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, 3NT to play)
3. Raise partner’s suit with 3 card support.
Happy Birthday to:
Olethia Everett July 25 Eleanor Jones August 10
Eunice Moore August 13
Elva Taylor August 22
Bertha Wriqht August 30
YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND, PLAY AND WIN!
Tidewater Bridge Unit 2015 Grade A Tournament
September 18 thru 20
Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier
709 Eden Way North. Chesapeake, VA 23320
Reference Tidewater Bridge Unit to receive special rates.
Contact: Delores Burney at (757) 321-0825 or Lawrence Owes at (757) 393-1853.