Chaos After Artificial 2C Opening Bids!
In recent years, I have played in some National events, after having stopped playing in most of them over 20 years ago. Well — the more things change, the more they stay the same!
Bidding after strong artificial 2C bids often was ill-defined in “the old days”, especially in competition or when the opener did not have some sort of NT hand. “Experts” didn’t even know what was standard in some rather basic situations. Furthermore, even when partners were on the same wavelength and there was no competition, it was often impossible to find the best contract.
Fast forward 20+ years. I see that a lot of this is still true. Here are some examples.
I. These two recent auctions caused beaucoup disputes, even among some of the world’s best players, and even though there weren’t many possible choices of bids with the actual 2C openers’ hands.
A. 2C – (2S) – P – (3S)
B. 2C – (3D) – P – (P)
In both cases, assume that the responders’ Passes showed some type of values that rated to make game or more reasonable. (X would have shown junk or a penalty X.)
So know we have the “simple” question, “What does X by opener mean in standard ‘expert’ bidding?” Also, in example A (non-pass out seat), “What does Pass mean in standard ‘expert’ bidding?” In addition, if you think that any of those X’s or Passes should mean something else, what is it?
II. If you are super ambitious, please consider some of the more general cases of an overcall by LHO, Pass by partner, and then Pass or support at various levels by RHO.
Also, consider auctions such as 2C – (P) – (2D) – (any non-Pass) with 2D negative/waiting. If you play something other than 2D negative/waiting, please include that if you wish.
III. In any of the above kinds of situations in which LHO does not pass, what kind of strength, suit, distribution, etc. does responder need to bid a suit?
In I.A above do any of these qualify?
A. x Kxxxx KJxx xxx
B. x KJxxx Kxxx xxx
C. x QJxx Axxxx xxx
D. x Jxxx AQxxx xxx
E. xxx Kxxxx KJxx x
F. xxx KJxxx Kxxx x
G. xxx QJxx Axxxx x
H. xxx Jxxx AQxxx x
(One of these was the actual hand, but I’m not telling which it was. J )
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