Mark Blumenthal

Bridge Tip #29

This  may  not apply if you play a specialized defense when your opponents

open a big club. However,  sometimes it is not  their hand.  It may be yours.

Suppose the opponent opens a big club and your partner overcalls ( probably to obstruct the opponents auction) it’s impossible for you to force easily.

 It is difficult for your side to have a constructive auction. I have found if my  partner makes a one suit overcall of a big club my partner and I  don’t have a forcing bid, so I arbitrarily play two clubs (or three clubs if responder bids on the two level) as a cue bid in this

situation, forcing one round, and saying nothing about clubs. You lose a

natural club bid, but that is usually unimportant versus the ability to have  a forcing bid available for the overcaller’s partner. It also may help the

overcaller if she happens to have a very good hand.   The alternative of using  jump shifts forcing  to accomplish this, precludes either partner from

preempting. If the bidding reaches a very high level rapidly, it’s up to

each defender to  decide how high to bid , as they  would normally have to

if the opponents had managed to get that high in some other way.


Chris HasneyJune 20th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Do you also play Mathe over a strong 1C?

Mark BlumenthalJune 20th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

No. I’m pretty primitive. wrote this may not apply if you play certain defenses to a big club because in some defenses two clubs at this point there may have a a conventional meaning. Many players have tools to defend aganst the opponen’ts big club, presupposing it is the opponenents’ hand. The difficulty is when it is not. Some big club openers may be able to steal the the hand or cause the opponents to save because the overcaller’s partner is never able to show strength.

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