Splinter Bids by David Bakhshi

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This convention is a tool which allows for greater accuracy when judging whether to bid towards slam with minimal values. When seeking to bid low point count slams…

By David Bakhshi
On 17 December, 2013 At 4:30

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This convention is a tool which allows for greater accuracy when judging whether to bid towards slam with minimal values. When seeking to bid low point count slams, it is important to determine whether the partnership’s hands are fitting together well. The key to this often lies in the ability to judge whether a player’s short suit holdings are going to either generate extra tricks by ruffing or reduce the number of losers held in the short suit.

How can this be achieved?

splinter bids - figure 1While it is helpful to count points when supporting partner with a balanced hand, it is usually advisable to be bolder with unbalanced hands. This is especially true when supporting to the game level. For example, partner opens 1 and responder holds a hand such as Hand A.

Without any conventional tools, the res ponder could either bid 4 (leaving partner to guess whether the 4bid is based on high cards or just distributional values)… Click Here to continue reading

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