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Full credit is given for the bid of three clubs, a postgraduate call. A cue bid forces the partnership to an eventual game contract. It is made in the hope that partner will name a major suit. The next best call is three no trump, for with 13 high-card points game is assured. An award of 3 points is made for a double because the adversaries should be overwhelmed on sheer power. Minor awards are given for the bids of two hearts, two spades, which with some luck might pan out. However, these calls are not recommended.
Two spades 5 points
The best bid is a single raise to two spades. Our second choice is the pass. Slight credit is given for the call of two no trump, which on this sequence should be based on a somewhat better high-card holding. Award of 1 point is made for the double, just to pay respect to an enterprising nature. The bid we should like to reprimand is three clubs. Showing one's five-card suit does not justify the risk involved in launching a bidding campaign. A three-club bid would force partner to speak again and could readily lead to an unmanageable situation.
Double 5 points
Double. Opposite a partner who has opened the bidding, this should be profitable. The pass is our second choice. And slight credit is awarded for the bid of two hearts, which in some cases might work out well. We take a dim view of the bid of two no trump for the purpose of showing the diamond stopper. However, we allow a consolation 1 point because it is superior to a bid of three clubs.
Pass 5 points
Top billing goes to the pass. There should be no anxiety to bid; your best prospect for a profit is to set the opponents. If the urge to bid does exist, the only reasonable call is one no trump, but this lacks by 2 points the standard requirement. We allow slight credit for the double for the benefit of those who could not hold their peace. Award of 1 point for the two-diamond call is made for the purpose of recognizing determination. This is a sure way to impair one's credit in the community.