Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for June 5

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bridge Column for June 5

Article excerpt

Neither vulnerable. South deals.

NORTH

9 8 5

A K 6 5

A Q 4

9 7 6

WEST EAST

K 6 4 J 7 3

J 10 9 Q 7 4 2

9 7 5 3 6 2

A Q 3 J 10 8 5

SOUTH

A Q 10 2

8 3

K J 10 8

K 4 2

The bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1 Pass 1 Pass

1 Pass *2 Pass

2NT Pass 3NT All pass

*Fourth suit forcing

Opening lead: Jack of

"Fourth Suit Forcing" is a bid in the remaining suit after opener and responder have bid the other three suits. It has been used since the early days of bridge, when a forcing bid was needed and no natural forcing bid was available. In olden times, it was called a "temporizing bid," or a "mark-time" bid. Today it is a staple of good bidding and there are clear-cut rules that apply: 1) It creates a game force, 2) opener cannot bid no trump without a stopper in the fourth suit, and 3) opener must have four-card support to raise the fourth suit. …

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