Mark Blumenthal

Bridge Tip # 17

If you open one of a major and your partner  makes a minimum raise on the two level  a new suit or something like short suit game tries  should be  used most of the time as a game try. A bid of three of the agreed upon major with no competition should show long trumps. It is a very weak game try and  may be semip[remptive. Responder should bid game only with the very top of  her bid and not soft values. Example: Opener should have something like 8,  KQ10864, QJ108, KQ. To accept responder should have something like J53, A74,   A832, J94. Of course, in a competitive auction the original opener may not have a choice of choosing game tries.

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