When To Bid No-trump





The rules governing an original offensive bid by the Dealer apply to

the Second Hand, after the Dealer has called one Spade, in practically

every instance. The only possible exception is the holding necessary

for a border-line No-trump. When the Dealer, with the minimum strength,

declares "one No-trump," he figures on the probability that his partner

holds one-third of the high cards not in his own hand. When the Second

Hand declares after "one Spade," it is reasonable for him to count upon

his partner for a slightly greater percentage of strength; therefore,

he may bid No-trump a little more freely.



To justify a No-trump by the Dealer, he should have slightly better

than average cards. The Second Hand, with exactly an average holding,

may make the bid. The No-trump requirements,--namely, four suits

stopped, three suits stopped and an Ace, three King-Queen or King-Knave

suits, or at least five solid Diamonds or Clubs and an Ace,--which

limit the declaration of the Dealer, apply, however, with equal force

to the Second Hand, and should never be disregarded.





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