Bidding Over the Opponents Strong NT Opener

There is much on the web about conventional bidding after the opponents open 1NT.  However, there is much less to help advancing players figure out when they should be overcalling, what the reasoning is, and developing a successful partnership strategy. The following is an explanation of probably the most popular reasoning for overcalling over a strong NT.… Continue reading “Bidding Over the Opponents Strong NT Opener”

Reverses

Structured Reverses Reverses are the most difficult part of standard bidding for a player to learn. Reverse auctions are not intuitive, defining reversed auctions are awkward, and there is no standardization of the following rebids. All of these problems hinder the ability to use a reverse comfortably. I will start by giving a usable definition,… Continue reading “Reverses”

Forcing and Non-Forcing Bids

The next example auction is a situation which comes up frequently. The hand will continue to  illustrate how to think of bids as either forcing or non-forcing. You hold as East: ♠7 ♥876 ♦QJ5 ♣KQ6543 The auction begins: W            N             E              S 1S           P             ? What do you bid and why? The first bid that… Continue reading “Forcing and Non-Forcing Bids”

Strong Jump Shifts: Good agreements develop partnership Harmony

That strong jump shifts by Opener are forcing to game is one of the cornerstone agreements of bidding. I find it very interesting that this concept is widely misunderstood. For an explanation of strong jump shifts check out my earlier post in: Forcing and Non-Forcing Bids A story about a hand from a Sectional in Wilmington… Continue reading “Strong Jump Shifts: Good agreements develop partnership Harmony”

Brigde Variants

5-3-3-2-bridge Idea behind: It’s far to easy bidding when seeing all your cards, bridge isn’t supposed to be easy and five card major openings are riddiculous. Rules: Each player are handed 5 cards and so the bidding starts as normal. After the first bidding round all players recieve 3 more cards. After the second round of bidding… Continue reading “Brigde Variants”