LESSON 14.2: GENERAL RULES OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING

a)

Dealer: South

North

A J 10 5 3
5 3
K J 8
R10 5

South

West

North

East

Pass
Pass

1
Pass

Pass
?

2
 

2

When points seem to split evenly between both partnerships, hesitate before letting the opponents play in a two-level contract especially when not vulnerable against vulnerable

b)

Dealer: South

North

Q 10 5 3
9 5 3
K J 8
J 10 5

South

West

North

East

1
2

1
3

1
?

2
 

Pass

When points seem to split evenly between both partnerships, it is preferable to let the opponents play when the auction has reached the three level (except when holding a nine-card or more trump fit)

c)

Dealer: South

North

5 3
8 5
K Q J 8 4 3
A 10 5

South

West

North

East

1
3

1
4

2
?

2
 

Pass

It is usually unwise to compete at the five level

d)

Dealer: South

North

5 3
8 5 3
K Q J 8 4
A 10 5

South

West

North

East

1
Pass

1
Pass

3
?

3
 

Pass

It is seldom profitable to play in a minor-suit contract at the four level

e)

Dealer: South

South

J 8 6 3 2
8 5 3
9 4
Q 10 5

South

West

North

East

Pass
?

1
 

1
 

3
 

4

When learning from the auction that the opponents have enough points for game or slam and holding a solid trump fit, it is usually profitable to make a direct high-level preemptive raise to limit the opponents' bidding space

f)

Dealer: South

North

J 8 6 3
8 5 3
9 4
A 10 5 4

South

West

North

East

1

2

?

 

2

Raising opener's suit over an opponent's call does not always promise the same support as without interference

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