Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Make Certain You Bid Bridge Game with Your Values

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Make Certain You Bid Bridge Game with Your Values

Article excerpt

Barry Humphries, an Australian comedian, said, "I'm a little bit politically incorrect."

I read a fair amount of material from fellow bridge writers, and we are all occasionally unintentionally incorrect. But once in a while someone gives what I deem to be very bad advice. Look at today's North hand. Your partner opens one club, you respond one heart, and he rebids one spade. What would you do now?

You have 13 points, and your partner opened the bidding. You must insist on reaching a game contract -- but which one? It could be three no-trump, but you have no diamond stopper. If your partner does, fine; but if he does not, perhaps you can make five clubs. How do you ask partner if he has a diamond stopper?

You rebid two diamonds, fourth suit game-forcing. …

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