Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Choosing My Religion

There's the church of the nt with a five card suit, and then there's the temple of never nt with a five card suit and then the sect of the sometimes. How do you choose? Those people who always bid nt will never have a problem with a rebid, but how do they show show that fifth card? And are the people who will sometimes at an advantage because they pick their spot, or a disadvantage because their p never knows what they're holding?


Anonymous Primus said...

I think the 5 card suit takes precedence over NT only if it's a major. If you have 5 clubs or diamonds, then bid NT. I don't want to play in the minor if it can be helped, so I'd rather wait to see if partner has a 5 card major. I'd rather play in a good major fit than at 3NT though.

Another point is that you and your P have a good chance of finding a major fit over 1NT if it exists, but if you open the minor, the opponents have a much easier time finding a major fit than if they were trying to interfere over 1NT.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What primus says is only one styles, there are many worldclass players out there who frequently open 1NT with a 5-card major. And others don't, and think that it is horrible.

Does this mean that you have to choose? I don't think so. In fact, I would recommend that you try both, and see what you like. And when you play with someone who has a very strong opinion on this subject then you can adjust.

Be flexible, and figure out what the advantages are and what the disadvantages are.


5:28 PM  

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