Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Master List of Things Everyone Knows, but no one told me!

I keep stumbling across little normalities that I had no idea existed. So, I'm making a list. - So I don't forget them. You all feel free to chime right in.

1. In this auction 2c-2d-3nt... 4c can be stayman, and that's fairly standard. (Is it standard enough to be the default?)
2 If you make a take out x and then bid 1nt on your next turn you're not showing shortness in openers suit, you're showing a balanced 16-18ish nt hand.
3 Make that 18-19ish.
4 Don't signal with your high cards if it means setting up the suit for the opps. (Ok, maybe that's a bit obvious for this list, but I sometimes need reminders)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your second one is wrong. With balanced 15-18 you'd bid 1NT immediately.

A double followed by the cheapest NT bid shows a stronger hand than that(assuming partner has not shown any strength).


1:54 PM  
Anonymous The Hideous Hog said...

Hey nice blog,
I don't think 4C over 2C-2D-3N is always stayman well not common enough to be standard.

2:47 PM  
Blogger BadMonster said...

Thanks for visiting David. Yeah, I find that things get real confusing on the less frequent nt auctions. With a regular p, you can prepare, but with a pick up p I guess it's guess your best and hope?

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are so many different auctions, it is very hard to learn all the agreements that experts consider "standard". That may be confusing or frustrating but there is also a nice side: you will always continue to learn.

Once you have a solid basis though you can play with almost anybody without having to discuss much.


11:40 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

If you ever read the column "Its Your Call" in the Bridge Bulletin that ACBL puts out, a lot of times I see the experts saying a bid is obviously something that I don't find very obvious. Can't think of any offhand, but I'll look back and post something.

12:58 PM  

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