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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, July 17th, 2022


Iain ClimieAugust 1st, 2022 at 7:49 am

HI Bobby,

In your reply to two routes you state that a direct jump to 3N traditionally denies a stopper. That does seem couner-intuitive and tempting providence.



bobbywolffAugust 1st, 2022 at 3:07 pm

Hi Iain,

We say that “a direct jump to 3NT can be used to deny a stopper” which, in fact should only be played by players with high aspirations, understanding that the system chosen has little to no bearing on the words (bids) used to describe the specific holding, thereby needing to be carefully memorized (by both partners) to prevent a disaster.

To some, indeed practical, but to others, a form of bridge suicide.

No doubt, the intended flow of expert bidding is going counter to what bids used to mean, with the hope for improved results, despite the nomenclature.

However, all partnerships, even including old age forgetfulness, has a right to pick and choose. Since you are just a kid at heart, what is your choice?

Iain ClimieAugust 1st, 2022 at 3:15 pm

Hi Bobby,

|Although I’ve played that the direct 3N denies a stop, I’m far happier to go through Lebensohl first to show doubt. As you say, though, it is all down to partnership agreement and memory.