When To Bid Two In Either Royals Or Hearts





Another case to consider in bidding by the Dealer is when more than one

of any game-scoring suit should be declared.



The original theory of declaration was to withhold from the table as

long as possible all information regarding the strength of the hand;

therefore, to start with one in the real suit was regarded as most

unwise, and to bid two would have been deemed the act of a lunatic.



Now, however, the original suit declaration of more than one is

generally acknowledged to be an important part of the finesse of the

skilled bidder, and such bidding, when justified by the hand, is

recognized as eminently wise and proper.



When the "two" and "three" original Trump bids first came into vogue,

they were used indiscriminately with great length, regardless of

whether or not high cards headed the suit. The meaning of the bid was

"Do not take me out," and it was made under widely divergent

conditions. No distinction was drawn between a hand which might be

trickless as an aid to, or defense against, a No-trump declaration, and

one which would produce seven or eight tricks under such circumstances.

This kind of bidding was found to be much too confusing for the

partner, and prevented him from rendering intelligent support.



It is now realized that it is far wiser with length, no matter how

great, but without commanding cards, to start with a Spade and then bid

the long suit on the succeeding round, thus practically photographing

the hand for the partner and energetically waving the red flag for any

declaration but the one suit.



Take, for example, such a hand as seven Hearts, headed by Queen, Knave;

Ace, Knave, and two Clubs; two small Diamonds, and no Spades. An

original two Heart or one Club call would grossly mislead the partner

without being of any real advantage, but one Spade followed by two

Hearts, or even three, if necessary, shows the exact situation. As long

as the hand containing a long suit is not so strong that there is grave

danger of its being left in with one Spade, it should be started with

the defensive declaration. When such great strength exists, a sound

opening bid invariably presents itself.



It, therefore, becomes apparent that an original suit bid of two or

three, just as necessarily as a bid of one, should demonstrate the

underlying principle of original suit declarations--namely, strength,

as well as length.



The incidental object in bidding more than one originally is to warn

the partner that the Dealer prefers to play the suit named rather than

a doubtful No-trump; the main reason, however, is, if possible, to shut

out adverse bidding. When there is great length in either Spades or

Hearts and distinct weakness in the other, a two or three bid is most

advisable. In that case, the strength in the other suit may be entirely

with the adversaries and may be divided between them. They could

readily find this out, if allowed to start with a cheap bid, but it

frequently happens that neither is sufficiently strong to make a high

declaration without assistance from his partner.



When the Dealer has sufficient strength in either Royals or Hearts to

bid more than one, and, in addition, has considerable strength in the

other suits, it is as a rule advisable to bid but one, as in that case

he does not wish to frighten off adverse bidding, but prefers to

encourage it with the hope that it may reach a point which will give

him a safe and profitable double.



Six sure tricks with the possibility of more is the minimum strength

for an original call of two Hearts or two Royals.





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