However, remembering what happened to the Culbertson System when it ceased to adopt proven new ideas, I have been giving every promising innovation a careful eye and thorough try.
Within the short space of time since point count was introduced, there have been many attempted innovations. Only a few of these have met the threefold test: Are they simple? Are they sound? Do they help players to win more often? These few have been duly incorporated into the point count method and will be officially introduced in the new edition of my book, New Contract Bridge Complete ( Doubleday & Co., 528 pp., $4.95, publication date, Oct. 24, 1957). Meanwhile, here is a brief preview especially prepared for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
This present article, introducing my coming weekly series, assumes—as will those that follow—that you already know the elementary principles of contract bridge and point count bidding. It is designed to bring you up to date on the very latest changes that will help you enjoy bridge more and win more.
Among the advantages these changes afford are these: a) You can now put the pressure on the opponents by making weak, pre-emptive overcalls.
b) You can, in certain situations, compel partner to tell you which is his better minor suit by using the dramatic "unusual" no trump.
c) You can find out about aces and kings, even when you and your partner have been bidding no trump, by the Garber four club bid instead of the Blackwood four-five no trump.
d) You can be sure of getting to the right spot when partner opens with a no trump bid, by using the new two club conventional response.
Here's the what, the how and the why of these new tools for your arsenal.
A JUMP OVERCALL IS NOW PREEMPTIVE-WEAK INSTEAD OF STRONG
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