The Bid Of Three Spades





The bid of three Spades when made by the Second Hand shows a holding of

at least five (probably six) Spades, almost certainly without the Ace

and probably without the King, but with some side strength. It says, "I

want this hand played with Royals as the Trump, but I cannot bid that

suit now, as I have not the requisite high-card holding. Either because

the rest of my hand is so strong that I fear neither the Third Hand nor

my partner can bid, or for some other good reason, I prefer now, rather

than later, to give my partner all possible information."



[8] See page 123 as to how the partner should treat this

declaration.



This system of bidding differentiates most accurately between the

various lengths of Spade holdings and enables the partner to elect

between No-trump and Royals, with an exact knowledge of the situation

not otherwise obtainable.





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