Common Pitfalls in Bidding

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19 points including distribution. You still must start by bidding

By Barbara Seagram
On 1 January, 2013 At 15:07

Category : Intermediate @en, Intermediate 3

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19 points including distribution. You still must start by bidding 1 as opening bidder. Some think that they would like to bid hearts first and then bid spades later, so that they can show a big hand by “reversing”. A reverse (when opener bids a new suit at the 2 level higher in rank than the suit they opened) always promises more cards in the first suit than in the second. It is true that you would be showing a 17 + point hand by bidding hearts first, but you would also be distorting the shape of the hand by promising more hearts than spades.
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You must open with the higher ranking 1 even with this weak hand and better hearts. It is all about quantity, not quality. If you start with 1 and partner bids 2, now what?
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