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