Second Hand Declarations





The Second Hand bids under two totally dissimilar conditions. The

Dealer of necessity has declared and, either by a call of one Spade,

shown comparative weakness, or, by an offensive declaration, given

evidence of strength.



It is obvious that whether the Dealer be strong or weak materially

affects the question of how the Second Hand should bid, as it makes

quite a variation in the number of tricks he has the right to expect to

find in his partner's hand. This, however, is not the only, and,

possibly, not the most important difference.



When the Dealer has called one Spade, it is practically certain, should

the Second Hand pass, that he will have another opportunity to enter

the bidding. When, however, the Dealer has declared a suit or No-trump,

it is possible, if the Second Hand fail to declare, that no other bid

will be made, and the declaration of the Dealer will stand.



It is, therefore, readily seen that, in the first case, the Second Hand

is making an initial declaration; in the other, a forced bid.





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