When The Dealer Has Made A Defensive And Both The Second And Third Hands Offensive Declarations

In this situation, the Fourth Hand comes more nearly within the

category of a second round, or late bidder; that is, he is in the

position in which a player often finds himself when, after some bidding

in which he has not participated, he is in doubt whether he has

sufficient strength to advance his partner's declaration.

Under such circumstances, a player should always remember that his

partner has counted upon him for a certain percentage of high cards. If

he have not more than that percentage, it would be the part of extreme

folly for him to declare. When the partner has made a suit declaration,

and he has weakness in the suit, but some strength elsewhere, he should

be especially careful, and, before bidding, convince himself that his

side strength is more than his partner expected. Advancing a partner's

suit bid by reason of strength in other suits, while, when the strength

warrants it, unquestionably sound, is apt to deceive the partner, as

his first thought necessarily is that the bid indicates help in the

suit declared.

When the partner has declared No-trump, and the Third Hand has called

two in a suit, the Fourth Hand is in much the same position regarding

the advancement of his partner's No-trumper as the Third Hand when the

Dealer bids a No-trump, and the Second Hand, two of a suit. The only

difference is that in this case there is little probability of

high-card strength being developed on the left.

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