The Two Spade Bid

The bid of two Spades is a showing of Spade strength, with a hand which

does not contain Spade length sufficient to justify the bid of one


[5] See page 89, as to how the partner should treat this

declaration; also table on pages 68 and 69.

The latter is the more advantageous declaration, and should be made

whenever five Spades with the requisite high-card strength are held.

When, however, the hand contains the strength, but not the length, for

a Royal call, the bid of two Spades is a most useful substitute.

It may be made with three or four Spades in any case in which, with

five, one Royal could be declared, except the solitary instance of

holding Ace and King of Spades without another trick of any kind. A

Royal may be called with five, headed by Ace, King, as, should the bid

stand, the three small Trumps would surely take one trick. Every

original offensive declaration is based upon a minimum of three tricks.

This principle applies to the bid of two Spades, and, therefore, a hand

containing less than five Spades, headed by Ace, King, and no other

winning card, is a one Spade call, as it is one and one-quarter tricks

below the average.

When a player bids two Spades, he sends his partner a message which

gives information about as follows: "I have three or four Spades with

two or three high honors, and in addition, unless I have Ace, King, and

Queen of Spades, I have one other suit well stopped. My hand does not

warrant a No-trump, because I have only two suits stopped. As I have

not more than four Spades, I do not wish to bid a Royal; I am too

strong to be satisfied with one Spade, so I bid two for the purpose of

encouraging you to call No-trump or Royals."

Such a declaration certainly gives very accurate information, and

should be used whenever such a hand occurs, but not under any other


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