Preemptive Opening Bids

Preemptive Opening Bids

BB2, Ch1. A normal bridge opening requires 13-21 points. With a fit from Partner, the team moves to game and scores 400 to 620 points at duplicate. A preemptive bid is different in that the point requirements are lower. The bidder values their hand much like in the early days of bridge, looking for high-card tricks (HCT) and low-card tricks (LCT). A hand that can take approximately 5 tricks, can hope for Partner to provide one more trick, and is willing to sacrifice by going down 2 tricks is a hand suitable for preempting at the 2 level (ie, declaring for 8 tricks). Continue reading Preemptive Opening Bids

The Competitive Auction

The Competitive Auction

BB2, Ch4. After our partnership opens the bidding, the Opponents may interfere with preempts, overcalls, or doubles. Their interference may have negligible impact on our bidding, or it may require completely different meanings for our subsequent bids. In this lesson, Responder’s six modified bids can be no change; slight change; jump shift of Overcaller’s suit; cuebid of Opponents’ suit; double; or redouble Continue reading The Competitive Auction