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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, August 8th, 2022


Iain ClimieAugust 22nd, 2022 at 11:30 am

Hi Bobby,

South’s suit isn’t good enough today but what do you think of the idea that a jump cue-bid (e.g. 1S (3S)) should suggest a solid minor and looks for a stop for 3NT? One of your answers yesterday looked at a similar possibility where DAKxxxxx should run following a raise and a cue bid by the overcaller was angling for 3NT.

If South’s hand were a little stronger (e.g. K Jxx AKQ10xxx Kx) I’d be tempted to punt 3N over 1C. it could go horribly wrong of course but it might be a cheap save or even make which stops the oppo finding and making 4H or 4S. 3N is also the contract most often let through while nobody enjoys finding 5 or 6 discards on a long suit.



bobbywolffAugust 22nd, 2022 at 1:27 pm

Hi Iain,

For a long time now, an immediate jump cue bid in RHO’s major suit (not a minor and sometimes only when playing against opponents who open only 5+ card major suits)) has asked partner to bid 3NT with a stopper in opener’s suit. It never did the same against the opening 1 of a minor suit,
preferring that jump to show super length (and strength) in that likely short minor suit held by RHO.

Yes, I do agree with your example jump to 3NT, but in these days of much educated opponents on the habits of the experienced player, the opponents will also understand what is happening and thus more likely to both not be intimidated in competing, nor not find the best defense should they remain quiet in the bidding.

However, in spite of that reminder, it shouldn’t keep a solid partnership from
still making the bid most likely to succeed, especially since sometimes the opponents (especially the honest ones) still get off to the wrong lead.

Thanks for your post and horribly wrong shouldn’t mean inexcusable, but rather just unlucky, except, of course, if your name is Jim2 and, if so, just another day (seems like a lifetime) at the bridge table.