When To Overbid One No-trump With Two No-trumps





When the Dealer has bid one No-trump and the Second Hand passed, the

Third Hand, much more frequently than most players imagine,

should call two No-trumps. It must be remembered that should the Third

Hand pass, the Fourth Hand can, by bidding two of a suit, indicate to

his partner the lead he desires. This places the adversaries in a much

more advantageous position than if the leader open his own suit without

information from his partner. The bid of two No-trumps by the Third

Hand generally prevents the Fourth Hand from declaring, as it

necessitates a call of three, which, sitting between two No-trump

bidders, is, in most cases, too formidable a contract to undertake.



It is, therefore, advisable for the Third Hand, on the first round, to

advance, from one to two, his partner's No-trump declaration, in every

instance in which, in the event of an adverse bid, he is strong enough

to call two No-trumps. This convention, while as yet comparatively new,

and, therefore, but little used, works most advantageously, as it

frequently shuts out the only lead which can keep the No-trump from

going game. It is important for every player to understand the scheme,

and never to overlook an opportunity to make the declaration.





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