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Bidding with a part-score

edited March 2009 in All Things Bridge
Could we have an article on how bidding is affected by a part-score?
For example: what does an opening 2 clubs mean when there is a part-score of 60?
If it is just a game try, then what should partner bid if their clubs are poor?
After 1NT (game!) is 2 clubs now a rescue? etc. etc.


  • edited 11:13PM
    The bridge column by transplanted Brit Phillip Alder which appears in today's New York Times and can be read online at

    deals with part-score bidding. Take a look.
  • edited 11:13PM
    OOPS -- I do not know why the date at the tope said April 1, 2009, but it appears the column was from 1982, not 2009. It does answer your initial question though :)
  • edited 11:13PM
    The column seems to raise more questions than answers. It says -
    "With a part-score, no-trump bids may have a wider range, and bids beyond game must have something in reserve. But other bidding is almost the same as it would be without a part-score"

    So with 60 on, a 2 club opener is still forcing and (if balanced) 23 points? But forcing to what? It can't now be game!
  • edited 11:13PM
    Bids that are forcing to a level higher than what is needed to convert the partscore, or that are themselves higher than necessary (such as a jump raise to 3H when 2H was available, with 60 on) are slam tries, or at least are attempts to let partner know that slam may well be available. The exception is something like a 3-level opening opposite a passed hand with 60 or more on. A preempt like this can be made on quite a good hand, rather better than a minimum opener, since there is no need to get to a game, and it may keep the opponents from outbidding you.
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