has tossed a red herring across your trail. Your partner could have shown a
strong hand by jumping to two no trump. His jump to three shows a hand of even
greater value. We would be inclined to chance a direct slam bid but surely
would bid at least five no trump.
2 CLUBS—5 PTS. 3 CLUBS—4 PTS. 4 NO TRUMP—3 PTS. 3 HEARTS—1 PT.
Your hand, worth
17 points in support of hearts, is too good for a three-heart response, for
which the limit is 16 points; not quite good enough for a jump shift, requiring
about 19 points. You must improvise a temporary bid, and the recommended call
is two clubs. If partner shows any signs of encouragement you will look for
5 SPADES—5 PTS. PASS—2 PTS.
normally do not like to override partner's decision, we are inclined to go on
to five spades, not merely because there is grave danger their contract will be
fulfilled, but because there is a reasonable chance we may make five spades.
This much is certain, the loss at spades can hardly be severe, but if we should
err on the side of permitting the opponents to play the hand, the loss can be
staggering. A five-spade bid amounts to holding the middle of the road.
PASS—5 PTS. 3 CLUBS—2 PTS. 3 SPADES—1 PT.
This pass may
appear to be a symptom that our blood is thinning, but we prefer to believe
that it is evidence of good business sense. You can hardly hope for game. It
appears that partner merely doesn't want to let the opponents run off with a
bargain. If it were his purpose to go places, he would have acted immediately
over the opening bid of one heart.
REDOUBLE—5 PTS. PASS—3 PTS. 2 CLUBS or 2 DIAMONDS—1 PT.
Despite the fact
that you have only one spade, the redouble is in order for your high-card
strength should enable partner to fulfill his contract, even with the weakest
sort of hand. It is not likely that the opponents will let the redouble stand,
but you have now told partner the strength of your hand. When your opponents
take out to two diamonds or two clubs you will have requested the next
opportunity to speak, and a penalty double should prove highly profitable.
3 DIAMONDS—5 PTS. 2 NO TRUMP—3 PTS. 3 NO TRUMP-2 PTS. 3 SPADES—1 PT.