Here we look at hands where the question is «Do we open or do we pass?». You’ll see some references to the Rule of Twenty, it’s a useful guide in these situations, but far from infallible and needs to be moderated by that legendary common-sense that is the hallmark of Wednesday Game players. This selection of hands contains quite a few «12-counts we would pass».
1) N-S Vul
Sur Oeste Norte Este
Would you open the South hand in third seat? We wouldn’t. To start with it does not pass the [button link=»http://csbnews.org/use-the-rule-of-twenty/?lang=en» size=»small» window=»yes»]Rule of 20[/button] . And it gets worse, the hand has no Aces and no Tens. But aren’t we supposed to open light in third seat? Maybe, but only when there is a good reason to do so. Opening this hand 1 has little or no preemptive value, and it’s not even a suit which we are desperate for Partner to lead. So we’d pass this one.
2) E-O Vul
Este Sur Oeste Norte
For the third time this set, someone has an opening bid decision with a 5-6 distribution. On the earlier hands, the higher suit had 5 cards and the lower 6-card suit was touching. In both cases we discussed the choices between:
– Opening the higher-ranking suit 5-card suit, pretending to be 5-5.
– Opening the lower-ranking 6-card suit, planning to reverse into the 5-card suit.
Here, things are slightly different in two ways:
– The suits are not touching, so it seems logical to open 1, planning to rebid 1 if Partner responds 1. No need to reverse.
– The hand is not suitable for a reverse anyway, it’s just not strong enough. So, in this case, if the distribution were, say, 1=5=6=1 (instead of 5=1=6=1), we would open 1 and not 1. Of course, some might say that the East hand is not worth an opening bid anyway, but we say “Phooey!” to that, the hand passes the [button link=»http://csbnews.org/use-the-rule-of-twenty/?lang=en» size=»small» window=»yes»]Rule of 20[/button] and there are no wasted value. It’s an opening bid! At least in our opinion.
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