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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, December 6th, 2020


ClarksburgDecember 21st, 2020 at 1:42 am

Hello Bobby
Re Sitting Over’s question, and your noting the importance of “easy to remember”.
I like to play that our “over their 1NT” agreement applies for ANY 1NT: Opening, Overcall, Response or Rebid. Also “ON” to run from a serious double of our 1NT.
Not perfect of course, but it sure is easy to remember!!

bobbywolffDecember 21st, 2020 at 3:19 pm

Hi Clarksburg,

Any situation which is both common (happens fairly often) becomes vitally important (therefore paramount not to forget) in being easily remembered.

Add that to almost anything sensible (immediate double after your partner has opened should announce that you, the responder, have the balance of power between the two (at that time) unknown hands, if for no other reason then, to prevent your RHO from getting away with some kind of psychic defensive action (other suit or suits than one is expected to have).

Yes, keep it simple and since practically all specific conventions work about the same (with a cue bid by the partner of the opening NT both TO and GF) no need to play anything complicated.

I should also suggest mere bids are NF and only competitive (expected to be passed unless greatly supported by length in same suit).

Also keep in mind that penalty doubles need to expect the bidding opponent (if he or she is at all experienced) to have unusual distribution (especially when they are vulnerable. 6-5, or some such).

Good luck, Happy Holidays and stay safe!