Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

With No Short Suit, Give Point-Count

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

With No Short Suit, Give Point-Count

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William Safire wrote, "Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague."

We are studying Jacoby Two No-trump in answer to a major-suit opening bid. The opener makes one of three rebids. Ideally, he jumps in a strong side five-card suit (one headed by at least two of the top three honors); next, he mentions a singleton or void at the three-level; last, but not least, he says how many high-card points he holds.

If he jumps to game in the major, it announces a minimum, 12-14 points. With some extras, a good 14 to a poor 17, he rebids three no- trump. And with a maximum that cannot immediately employ Blackwood, he bids three of the agreed suit -- as in today's deal. Then, after North control-bids four hearts (showing the heart ace and denying a minor-suit ace), South uses Blackwood to reach six spades. …

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