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With four cards in the suit your partner has opened, you have a fit: eight+ combined cards. You should tell partner the good news immediately .
The higher the level you bid in support of partner, the better your hand. Use The Responder’s Support Line:
|6-9 points||Bid two of partner's suit|
|10-12 points||Bid three of partner's suit|
|13+ points||Bid four of partner's suit|
Don’t be a slave to your point-count though. Be prepared to upgrade a shapely supporting hand. Shortages are very valuable for trumping purposes. A doubleton is worth about one extra point; a singleton is worth about three extra points; a void is worth about five extra points. Also be prepared to upgrade a hand with five-card suit support: eight cards make a fit, but the ninth and tenth trumps are very valuable.
Exercise: Partner opens 1♠. What would be your response holding these?
|Hand a)||Hand b)||Hand c)||Hand d)|
♠ Q 6 4 2
♥ K 4 3
♦ K 93
♣ 9 6 4
♠ Q 9 4 2
♥ 9 4
♦ A Q J 3
♣ 10 5 2
♠ K J 5 2
♥ Q J 7 4
♣ 9 85 2
♠ A 9 8 5 2
♥ - -
♦ K 6 3 2
♣ 7 6 5 2
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