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The first goal of the bidding is to find a mutually agreeable trump suit with partner – a fit – that’s eight cards between the partnership.
Exercise: Say partner opens 1 ♥. What would you respond with these hands?
|Hand a)||Hand b)||Hand c)|
♠ 8 2
♥ J 8 6 2
♦ 8 7
♣ A J 10 3 2
♠ 3 2
♥ 7 4 3 2
♦ 7 6
♣ A K J 8 7
♠ A J 4 2
♥ 6 3
♦ Q 9 7 2
♣ Q 7 6
2 ♥. Partner must have at least four hearts so you have a fit. Your 2 ♥ bid shows a weakish hand.
2 ♥. No need to mention clubs as you have found a fit. And in a major-suit to boot, higher-scoring.
1 ♠. No heart fit, so try to find a fit elsewhere, choosing your cheaper four-card suit.