When The Dealer Has Shown Strength And The Second Hand Passed

One of the cardinal principles of harmonious team play is that when the

partner has made a suit declaration which is apt to result in game, it

is inadvisable to "take him out" merely with the hope of obtaining a

slightly higher score. Suppose the partner has declared a Heart and the

Third Hand holds three Hearts, headed by the Ace, four Clubs headed by

the King, no Diamonds, and five Spades with three honors. Of course,

the partner may have an honor and some other Spades, and, therefore, a

bid of Royals may produce a higher count than Hearts, but that is only

"may." The Declarer certainly has Heart strength, and the Third Hand,

valuable assistance. It takes the same number of tricks to score game

in each suit. Why, therefore, risk the game for a paltry addition to

the trick and honor score?

One of the most remarkable features of Auction is the extraordinary

desire, exhibited by a large percentage of players, to play the

combined hands. This comment is not applicable to a strong player, who,

for the good of the partnership, is anxious to get the declaration

himself, in order that during the play two or three tricks may not be

presented to the adversaries, but is intended for the general run of

cases where the partners are of equal, or nearly equal, ability.

A player, before determining to overbid his partner's call, should

remember that one of the greatest pleasures of the game is facing the

Dummy, especially when the declaration is apt to be successful, and he

should assure himself beyond peradventure that, in bidding his own suit

in preference to advancing his partner's, he is not in any way

influenced by his own selfish desires. He should be sure that, with the

positions reversed, he would thoroughly approve of just such action by

his partner; and, if his partner be the better player, he should also

convince himself that his suit is at least two tricks stronger, as his

partner's superior play probably makes a difference of at least one in

favor of his declaration.

It should be put down as axiomatic that, when a partner takes out a

Heart or Royal with a bid of another suit, he denies strength in the

suit originally declared and announces great length with probably four

honors in the suit he names; also, that when a Heart or Royal is taken

out by a No-trump declaration (except with a four-Ace holding), not

only is weakness in the declared suit announced, but also the fact that

every other suit is safely stopped.

This must not be understood as a suggestion that a partner should

seldom be overbid. Quite the reverse. The informatory school of modern

bidding, which attempts, as nearly as possible, to declare the two

hands as one, has as an essential feature the overbidding of the

partner in an infinite number of cases. It is against the foolish and

selfish instances which occur with great frequency that this protest is


When The Dealer Has Made A Defensive And Both The Second And Third Hands Offensive Declarations When The Dealer's Defensive Declaration Has Been The Only Bid facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail