What would you do with these?

August 11, 2009 at 7:15 am 7 comments

On Sunday, playing against Cayne with David Beckett, I played weak twos for the first time in ages. We’d agreed they wouldn’t completely paint partner out of the picture and that if they were a 5 card suit it would be a strong suit. Over 2NT enquiry opener shows his singleton….

So, these were two decisions I faced, sitting in the West seat.

Bd 6
Dlr East
Vul EW


Partner opens 2S first in hand which is passed to you.

Then, this one:

Bd 18
Dlr East
Vul NS


Again, first in hand partner opens 2S and it is passed to you. Any takers? And if so, for what?


Entry filed under: Cayne matches.

Be declarer for a change….continued Weak twos continued

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jonathan Mestel  |  August 12, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Having spades I’ll bid 2NT on the 1st, and bid game opposite
    a minor stiff, otherwise 3S. An immediate 4S might encourage a phantom 5C, but not so very likely.

    On the 2nd…well, I’ll bid 2NT again. If the next hands bids 3C
    his partner will have no idea how strong it is. I am allowing a
    penalty double on a sequence such as

    2S P 2NT P; 3S P P X

    but that’s life.

  • 2. jill  |  August 11, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    1st one–> 2nt enquiry –if its there, why not use it to see if it is useful

    2nd one–> pass

    • 3. Chris Mulley  |  August 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm

      But I’m not convinced 2NT is going to be useful at all. Even opposite the best response (club shortage), it depends what partner has elsewhere. You also let the opponents know you have a serious hand and give them an opportunity to make a bid at the three level. That seems like a lot to give them for the return that I am expecting to get from bidding 2NT.

      • 4. jill  |  August 12, 2009 at 10:40 am

        in my opinion, using 2nt to show a singleton is not necessarily the best option and i agree w u that any use of 2nt (feature show etc) is not guaranteed to be helpful. but here it seems that the hand is strong enuf to compete or double over interference such that 2nt is a low risk bid, and if u are going to have a convention in ur system, and if it is low risk to use it, then why not test its value. if it proves not valuable, then u shd ditch it or modify it. u can also use 2nt with a crappy hand and thus opps are none the wiser. a singleton H is less attractive than a singleon club. if u have defensive values and an agreed consultative bid, and , then why act unilaterally?

  • 5. Chris Mulley  |  August 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    On the first one I bid 4S in a flash and hope LHO finds a bid. On a good day, I’ll make 4S.

    On the second one, playing the style indicated, I would raise to 3S. No Lebensohl auctions for them!

  • 6. Bruce The Crusader  |  August 11, 2009 at 10:44 am

    4 spades because it might make

    3 spades because they might

  • 7. Richard  |  August 11, 2009 at 10:31 am

    The second one I pass without giving it much thought. If I stop and think about raising the pre-empt, I think I’ll still pass.

    The first one is tempting, but I pass that too. Partner needs to hold very much the right cards to make four.


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