by Rowan Ferguson
I get a bit excited when I get an
opening hand (strange
aren’t I) but of course often we don’t get to play the
hand. However with 16 pts there is
a much better chance.
So I want to give the good news
to partner as soon as possible. If I am balanced or semi-balanced I can
tell partner a very narrow point range,
15-17 or 16-18 and also tell about my shape.
Compare this to a 1C opening 12-19, 2 C’s various shapes. Which is more
descriptive? I try to bid 1NT as
often as possible because it tells partner so much.
Hand 1: Regulation bidding
Hand 2: Who cares about a useless doubleton? You
don’t know that you are going to end up in NT.
Hand 3: Add a point for extra length in D
Hand 4: Played this hand today and opposite 8 pts
and 5 H’s we ended up in 4 Hearts making. Try doing that after a 1C
Sorry, all you control freaks out there. You have described your hand
so well (and know nothing of partners hand) that
you have to give partner control of the contract. They may ask for more
information (staymen etc) but they choose the contract. So chill out
and let partner have a go.