So, you now know you are looking for at least an eight-card fit with your partner. If you hold five cards of a suit, and sufficient points, you may open bidding in that suit. Your partner may have three or more cards of your suit, making the eight-card fit, and a few points as well, so they can support your bid by taking it up a level.
The contract may also be no-trumps, in which highest cards of each suit win tricks while following the suit which is led. The least you can bid for is seven tricks which is bidding at the one level, example 1C or 1S. The maximum you can bid is for all thirteen tricks which is bidding at the seven level, example 7H or 7NT. Once your partnership has won the bidding contract, you need to win the number of tricks you have specified, or more.
Making the right bids the past week were: Tuesday, 27th April Jennifer Calvert and Val Worthington; Thursday, 29th April Jennifer Calvert and Vicki Burke for north/south, Peter Quin and John Quin for east/west; and Monday, 3rd May Steve and Rosemary Morris.
Call Greig Ball 0429 621 712 or Bev Laing 0418 114 826 for more information.
By Beth Thomas