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How do you decide whether or not to open the bidding? High card points? Distribution? Honour tricks (if you are old fashioned)? In truth, it’s probably a

By Jeremy Dhondy
On 22 October, 2012 At 13:30

Category : 5 O'Clock Bridge IV, Five O'clock Bridge, Intermediate @en

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How do you decide whether or not to open the bidding? High card points? Distribution? Honour tricks (if you are old fashioned)? In truth, it’s probably a mixture of all these plus a general feel built on experience and judgement.
Is this an opening bid?

  K Q 7 4 3
A J 7 6 3
3 2
4

If you go by high card points, perhaps not but the shape looks good, as does the fact that you have both majors. Most of us would live with the lack of points and open. We all know that points are not the only guide. There is a famous James Bond deal, see below. North-South can make a grand slam in clubs even though West has the most high card points you are ever likely to see in a player’s hand: Click Here to continue

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