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Advanced. Defence to 1NT Doubled & 4 th Suit Forcing. Defence to 1NT Doubled. If partner opens 1NT (12-14 HCP) And opponents double Showing 15+ HCP If we are weak we need an escape Because 1NT* will be a disaster After the * our bids are natural

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Advanced

  • Defence to 1NT Doubled

  • &

  • 4th Suit Forcing


Defence to 1nt doubled
Defence to 1NT Doubled

  • If partner opens 1NT (12-14 HCP)

  • And opponents double

  • Showing 15+ HCP

  • If we are weak we need an escape

  • Because 1NT* will be a disaster

  • After the * our bids are natural

  • So any 2 level bid shows 5 of the suit and is a weak take out

  • But the strong hand becomes dummy


Some use exit transfers
Some use exit transfers

  • Redouble (**) transfers to ‘s

  • ‘s transfers to ‘s

  • ‘s transfers to ‘s

  • ‘s transfers to ‘s

  • Opener then completes the transfer

  • But often we will not have a 5 card suit

  • There are other better methods

  • The one we will look at is called Helmic


Helmic defence to 1nt
Helmic Defence to 1NT*

  • This defence allows an escape with all weak hands except 4333 shape

  • The 4333 shape occurs in theory 10.54%

  • So, every 10th time partner opens 1NT and it is doubled you will have this shape hand

  • But we can allow for this shape as well using a ‘forcing’ pass


Defence to 1nt doubled1
Defence to 1NT doubled

  • With 8+ HCP we are happy to play

  • We have at least half the HCP

  • So we would pass the double

  • With fewer than 8 HCP

  • We can re-double

  • Or bid a suit


Defence to 1nt doubled2
Defence to 1NT doubled

  • If we re-double

  • It says

  • ‘I have a 5 card suit’

  • If we bid a suit

  • It says

  • ‘I have 2 x 4 card suits’


Defence to 1nt doubled3
Defence to 1NT doubled

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  • Partner opens 1NT

  • RHO doubles

  • What do we bid?

  • Pass

  • We have 8HCP

  • And a balance hand

  • Happy to play

  • Good luck partner!

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K

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J

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6


Defence to 1nt doubled4
Defence to 1NT doubled

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  • Partner opens 1NT

  • RHO doubles

  • What do we bid?

  • **

  • We have 4 HCP

  • 1NT* is a disaster

  • Partner will bid 2

  • To find out which is the 5 card suit

  • And we bid 2 

7

3

K

7

6

J

T

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With a 5 card suit
With a 5 card suit

  • Re-double the penalty *

  • Opener relays by bidding 2

  • Then bid the 5 card suit

  • Or Pass if it is ‘s

  • You must do this if you have a 5 card suit and fewer than 8 HCP

  • The weaker you are the more important it is to get out of NT


Defence to 1nt doubled5
Defence to 1NT doubled

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  • Partner opens 1NT

  • RHO doubles

  • What do we bid?

  • 2

  • We have 2 HCP

  • This bid says

  • I have 4 ‘s

  • And 4 of a higher suit

7

3

J

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3

J

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6


With 2 x 4 card suits
With 2 x 4 card suits

  • We will be happy to find a 4/3 fit

  • Bid the lower suit

  • Opener Passes with 3 or more of the suit

  • With only 2 of the suit

  • Opener bids the next suit up

  • NOT a higher 4 card suit

  • Responder may only have 2 cards

  • Then responder bids the 2nd 4 card suit

  • Which is passed by opener

  • Or responder passes if the next suit is it


Defence to 1nt doubled6
Defence to 1NT doubled

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4

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9

  • Partner opens 1NT

  • RHO doubles

  • What do we bid?

  • Pass

  • We have 2 HCP

  • This bid says

  • I have either 4333 and weak

  • Or 8+ HCP

  • The Forcing Pass

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7

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J

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J

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The forcing pass
The Forcing Pass

  • Opener bids 1NT and RHO doubles

  • Responder passes

  • Opener MUST re-double

  • Responder then passes with 8+ HCP

  • Now you are playing in game!

  • Or bids 2 with 4333 shape and weak

  • Opener bids the longest suit

  • Which must be at least a 4/3 fit


Helmic defence to 1nt1
Helmic defence to 1NT*

  • If opponents double your 1NT bid

  • They are strong

  • If you use the escape mechanism and they bid a suit

  • Pass and let them play

  • This is your best outcome

  • Never try to bid on

  • You will end up even deeper in the mire!


Helmic defence to 1nt2
Helmic defence to 1NT*

  • If you use Helmic and find a fit

  • And opponents then double again

  • This is also for penalties

  • Do NOT try to find another fit

  • Or bid 2NT

  • Things can only get worse

  • And more painful!

  • They will double whatever you bid

  • The suit bid must be better than NT


Fourth suit forcing fsf
Fourth Suit Forcing (FSF)

  • Technique to determine if a NT game is on

  • When your side bid all 4 suits

  • Last bid is above the 1 level

  • There is enough for game

  • e.g. 1 P 1 P

  • 2 P 2

  • Why did responder not bid NT?

  • The last bid says:

  • ‘If you have stops in ‘s bid NT otherwise bid another suit.’


FSF

K

J

  • Partner opens 1

  • You bid 2

  • Partner bids 2

  • You know there is enough for game

  • But if partner has no ‘s

  • NT could be dodgy

  • So bid 2

  • Asking for stops

3

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J

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FSF

  • Only use this when you have enough for game

  • Partner must Alert

  • Normally played as forcing to game

  • Partner bids NT with a good stop (A or K)

  • Or 2 smaller stops (QJx or JTxx)

  • Very useful for avoiding bad NT contracts


FSF

  • 1 Exception

  • 1 P 1 P

  • 1 P 1

  • The responder has a weak 2 suited hand and is trying to find a cheap way out

  • If responder had enough for game and wanted to find a NT contract

  • The FSF bid would be 2


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