Responses to one notrump

Play Bridge: Tips and tricks for bridge players new to experienced.

Two clubs is the Stayman convention asking for a four-card major. Two diamonds and two hearts are transfers to hearts and spades respectively. Two spades is a transfer to three clubs which is either passed or corrected to three diamonds which, in turn, has to be passed.

With zero to four points, one may transfer to a six-card minor, and with zero to seven points, one may transfer to a major and pass, otherwise one just passes with a flat zero to seven points.

With eight to nine points, one may use Stayman or transfer to a major, then invite. Without a four-card or longer major, one may just bid two notrump to invite.

With ten to fifteen points, one can use Stayman or a major-suit transfer, then bid game. Without a four-card or longer major, one may just bid three notrump.

With 16 plus points, one investigates slam.

When partner opens one notrump, what does three clubs or three diamonds in response mean? These are free bids. One use of a minor at the three-level is showing a six-card minor with six to eight high card points and two of the top three honours. It invites partner to bid three notrump with a top honour in the minor or to pass three of the minor. WIth nine to 14 points and a six-card minor, one simply bids three notrump.

The bidding: North does not open the bidding with a weak two in diamonds because he has a four-card major. Furthermore, a weak two is not correct here because North could be a very strong dummy if partner opens one spade or one notrump. South, with 16 points, does open one notrump.

North does not have eight points, and therefore, cannot use Stayman. If he uses Stayman and then bids diamonds, partner will get an incorrect description of the hand. However, North can bid three diamonds inviting partner to either pass or bid three notrump.

South, with one of the top three honours, knows partner has the other two and bids game.

The Lead: The ten of clubs. Leading from the heart tenace is not recommended with only a four-card suit. One does not mind giving declarer a trick when setting up a five-card or longer suit. However, this is not the case when trying to set up a four-card suit. West can lead the ten of clubs and hope his partner can find a heart switch.

The play: Declarer will win six diamonds and two clubs for down one. If West leads a heart, declarer makes his contract.

Result: 3NT-1 for -50

Notes: All the bridge columns may be viewed at

Just Posted

Snowstorm called for the Kootenays

FortisBC advises electric customers to prepare for storm-related outages

Creston-area rail siding, site of 1910 disaster

Place Names: McNeillie Siding, Savalpee Port, Mud Landing, Nelway and more

Artisan closing doors in January

Letter to the Editor from The Artisan, located in downtown Trail

KBRH on watch for bed bugs after two recent cases

Spokesperson Mandy Lowery says there has not been a bed bug sighting at KBRH since Dec. 8

Acid spills wipe out $789,000 Kootenay Boundary fire truck

Fire department maintains service levels despite loss of main work horse

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Final phase of Kelowna hospital cardiac centre completed

Finishing new recovery rooms marks completion of $381 million project

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Most Read