Hands In Which A Trump Declaration Is Doubtful

Spades Ace, King, X, X, X Has five Spades headed by Ace

Hearts X, X, X and King. With Royals Trump has

Diamonds X, X, X two high-card tricks, and can

Clubs X, X take at least one with small

cards. It is, therefore, a one

Royal bid.

Spades King, X, X, X Has not high-card strength

Hearts King, Knave, X, X, X sufficient for either a Heart or

Diamonds X, X two-Spade bid. One Spade is the

Clubs X, X correct call.

Spades X, X Complies with all the requirements

Hearts King, Queen, X, X, X of a Heart bid.

Diamonds Ace, Knave, X

Clubs X, X, X

Spades X, X, X Has only four Hearts; is,

Hearts King, Queen, X, X therefore, a one Spade call.

Diamonds Ace, Knave, X

Clubs X, X, X

Spades X, X, X Has only four Hearts, but has

Hearts Ace, Queen, Knave, X sufficient high-card strength

Diamonds Ace, Queen, X to justify a Heart bid.

Clubs X, X, X

Spades Ace, Queen, X, X A two Spade bid; with one more

Hearts X, X, X Spade, it would be one Royal.

Diamonds Ace, X, X

Clubs X, X, X

Spades Ace, Knave, X A two Spade bid. With two more

Hearts X, X, X, Spades, it would be one Royal.

Diamonds King, Queen, X

Clubs X, X, X, X

Spades Ace, Knave, X, X Either two Spades or one Club

Hearts X, X could be bid, but the Club is

Diamonds X, X distinctly preferable.

Clubs Ace, Queen, Knave, X, X

Spades King, X, X, X A one Spade bid, as it has not

Hearts Ace, X, X two honors in Spades.

Diamonds Knave, X, X

Clubs Knave, X, X

Spades Queen, Knave, Ten, X, X, A three Spade bid; cannot be

X, X started as a Royal without Ace

Hearts Ace, Queen or King, and so strong, one Spade

Diamonds King, Knave, X might not be overbid.

Clubs King

Spades None A two or three Heart bid.

Hearts Ace, King, Knave, Ten, X, X

Diamonds Queen, Knave, Ten

Clubs Ace, X, X, X

Spades Ace, King A one Heart bid. So strong that

Hearts Ace, King, Knave, Ten, a higher call is unnecessary, as

X, X adverse bidding is desired.

Diamonds Queen, Knave, Ten

Clubs King, Queen

Spades Ace, King, Knave, Ten, A three Royals bid. Important to

X, X, X shut out adverse bidding.

Hearts None

Diamonds X, X

Clubs Ace, King, X, X

Spades X, X A two Diamonds bid.

Hearts King, X, X

Diamonds Ace, King, Queen, X, X,


Clubs X, X

Spades Ace, King, Knave, X, X Should either be bid one Club

Hearts X and subsequently Royals, or

Diamonds X, X started at two Royals to shut out

Clubs Ace, King, X, X, X other bidding.

Spades King, X While this hand has more than

Hearts Ace, King, Queen sufficient high-card strength to

Diamonds X, X, X, X justify an offensive bid, it is only

Clubs X, X, X, X a Spade. Two Spades would mislead

the partner as to length and

strength of Spades and might

induce him to bid high Royals; one

Heart would mislead him as to

length of Hearts; having, however,

called one Spade, the hand can

advance any declaration of the

partner and if the partner bid

either Clubs or Diamonds, can call


Spades King, Knave, X, X, X, Should not be bid one Royal, as

X, X that deceives partner as to

Hearts X, X high-card strength; two Spades

Diamonds X, X invites a No-trump, which is not

Clubs X, X wanted. Either three Spades or

one Spade should be called. The

hand, outside of Spades, is so

weak that the latter is the wiser


Spades Queen, Ten, X, X Spade honors are too weak for two

Hearts Ace, X, X Spades. One Spade is the only

Diamonds X, X, X sound bid.

Clubs X, X, X

Spades X One Club should be bid, followed,

Hearts Queen, Knave, Ten, X, regardless of the partner's

X, X, X declaration, with Hearts.

Diamonds None

Clubs Ace, King, X, X, X

Spades Queen, Knave, Ten, X, Three Spades, and on the next

X, X round, Hearts, unless the partner

Hearts King, Knave, Ten, X, has bid two Royals.

X, X

Diamonds None

Clubs X

Spades Knave, Ten, Nine, X, X, X This very interesting hand affords

Hearts None a number of correct original bids.

Diamonds Ace, Knave, X One Club, three Spades, and one

Clubs Ace, Queen, Knave, X Spade are all sound; the latter

is not apt to be left in, as a

Heart call is most probable, the

long hand in that suit containing

at least five. Three Suits being

stopped, with more than an average

hand, one No-trump is also

technically correct. The chances

are, however, that the hand will

produce better results if the

Trump be Royals, and as the call

of one No-trump may stand, it is

not wise to open the bidding that

way. Three Spades seems the most

advisable declaration, as it gives

the information most important for

the partner to receive. The risk

in calling one Spade, while

slight, is totally unnecessary,

and one Club does not warn the

partner not to bid Hearts, if he

have anything in Spades.

Should three Spades be called and

the partner declare one Heart, the

dealer on the next round could try

No-trump, but one Club, followed

by one Heart from partner, would

necessitate a Royal from the

dealer, as the absence of Spades

in the partner's hand is not then


In the event of the small Club

being transposed to a Diamond, so

that the hand contain four

Diamonds and three Clubs, three

Spades would unquestionably be the

most advantageous original call.

General Sedgewick Hands In Which The No-trump Declaration Is Doubtful facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail