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  • I run a Ladder at a couple of my clubs and Bridgewebs takes care of that.  Anyone scoring more than 50% in a duplicate scores Ladder Points.  e.g  54.13% scores 4.13 Ladder Points.  These accumulate and every two months the leader gets a prize.  Hav…
  • One of the good things about common bridge practice in Britain is that initial take-out doubles are, as Jeremy says above, 'shape suitable'.   The mnemonic often quoted is SOS - you are Short in the opponents' suit, have Opening level points, and Su…
  • This is a great question.  I think weak responding hands with both majors present a genuine problem in a weak NT system.  5-5 hands are one problem; even worse are hands with 5 moderate spades and 4 decent hearts.  You have to throw a dart when you …
  • Stayman is used only in response to opening bids of 1NT and 2NT. The convention you are looking for is called Checkback. For example the bidding starts 1H-1S-1NT. Opener has already shown 4+hearts and denied 4 spades but may well have either a fifth…
  • Quantitative (sic) bids are normally raises in NTs. Partner opens 1NT (12-14) and you have a balanced hand of 19 or 20hcp. Bid 4NT and partner will pass with a minimum (12 to a poor 13) and raise to 6NT with a maximum (good 13 or 14). Similarly,…
  • Most partnerships play Stayman not guaranteeing 11hcp unless you rebid 2NT or higher. KQ765 Q1093 76 54 You can transfer into spades and pass but it is better to use Stayman on this hand. If pd responds 2H or 2S you pass, if pd bids 2D you just…
  • If you are 3rd to speak, then your partner has already passed. This changes the likely overall layout of the hand significantly. Third player should strain to bid and to bid disruptively if possible. This applies to light opening bids and to pre-…
  • Eight tricks is not enough if the bidding is forcing for one round. Nor does your quote say anything about the required defensive value of the hand. The 8PT description is a very poor one but unfortunately has become embedded in players' psyche. R…
  • Stayman does not give information at all - it asks for information. The information you ask for with Stayman is about FOUR-card majors, looking to match FOUR cards in your own hand for an EIGHT-card fit. So you use Stayman when you have a four car…
  • Start by transferring into spades (bid 2H) and then when partner has completed the trasnfer by bidding 2S, you bid 2NT. Pd can then choose which of the four contracts 2N, 3N, 3S, 4S is correct and you will pass whatever pd chooses. Without tra…
  • Open 1D and rebid 2D. You are not strong enough to reverse with 2H. Bear in mind, that when partner responds 1S they have tended to deny four cards in hearts (with 4h, 4s pd will have responded 1H). As third player after two passes, I might open 1…
  • 7 5 4 K Q J 7 2 Q 8 6 9 2 A K Q 3 A 4 A K J 10 5 A K Hands like the South hand are notoriously difficult to bid after a 2C start. The opening 2C bid starts the bidding at a high level and a positive response takes it higher still. The English Br…