Original Declarations By The Dealer





The Dealer, in making the initial declaration, obtains a valuable

strategic position whenever his hand justifies an offensive bid

(i.e., anything but one Spade); but when he is compelled to assume

the defensive, this advantage passes to his opponents. By any

declaration which shows strength, he materially aids his partner and

places difficulties in the path of his adversaries. A No-trump is

naturally his most advantageous opening.



There are many hands in which the strength is so evenly divided that

the advantage of playing the Dummy enables the player who "gets to the

No-trump first" to make good his declaration, and frequently, in such

equally balanced hands, one No-trump is the only bid that can be made.

One No-trump eliminates all adverse calls of one, and sometimes when

the strength of the opponents is considerable, but divided, results in

shutting out a productive declaration. The Dealer, therefore, whenever

his hand warrants it, should grasp his good fortune and declare his

strength.



He should not, however, rashly assume the offensive. There is no way in

which he can more thoroughly deceive his partner, create greater havoc

with the bidding of the hand and cast deeper distrust upon his future

declarations than by using the keynote bid to announce strength which

his hand does not contain.



He must thoroughly understand the conventional declarations, and when

in doubt should bid one Spade, as the damage which is apt to result

from an overestimation by his partner of his winning cards is much

greater than any benefit gained by starting the attack.





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