LESSON 2.4: BEST CONTRACT

a) The partner of the player who makes the first limited call becomes captain of the auction and decides on the outcome of the auction (because his own hand has not yet been limited)

Dealer: South

North

Q 9 8
7 3
A J 10 6
Q 9 5 2

South

West

North

East

1

Pass

1NT

 

South becomes captain of the auction when North limits his hand with a 1NT bid showing 6-9 HCP

b) When a partnership has reached a fit (agreed a suit as trumps) and one of the partners has limited his hand, it is recommended that the captain decides on the final contract as soon as possible, avoiding further declarations that would inform the opponents of the partnership' s holding

Dealer: South

South

A 3
A Q 10 6 4 2
K Q 7
K J

South

West

North

East

1
4

Pass
 

2
 

Pass
 

South's 4 call is a closing bid showing a good five-card or longer heart suit and 19+ HCP (or the equivalent in total points); South jumps directly to game because North has agreed a suit as trumps and has limited his hand to 6-9 TP

c) With two minimum balanced hands, it is best to end the auction when realizing that the partnership will not reach a fit

Dealer: South

North

Q 6 5
Q J 9 5 2
J 10 5
9 7

South

West

North

East

1
1NT

Pass
Pass

1
Pass

Pass
 

North's Pass bid shows a 6-9 HCP minimum responding hand; North closes the auction not expecting to reach a better contract

d) Hands with first-round controls (aces and voids) will best play in suit contracts

e) Hands with intermediate card combinations (Q J 10 9) or second-round stoppers
(K Q   K x   Q x x) will best play in notrump contracts

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