|OPENING BIDS ONE OF A SUIT|
An opening bid is the first bid made after the cards have been dealt. (Other then the call of a Pass.) An opening bid in one (1) of a suit says: Partner, I have better than an average hand. (More than 10 points.) I'm giving you an idea of my strength and shape.
TO BID OR NOT TO BID
Proper Bridge etiquette requires that you avoid making any extraneous gestures during bidding or play.
With Total Point Count (TPC) of 13 - 20 you can open the bidding with one of a suit. But which suit? Bidding theoreticians said: the longest. (In a 13 card hand the longest suit will have at least 4 cards.) That was easy enough. Except of course if you have two suits of the same length. That is you have no longest suit. Then what? These same theoreticians now said: bid the higher of the two touching suits. Spades/Hearts bid Spades; Hearts / Diamonds bid Hearts; Diamonds/Clubs bid Diamonds. This enables the team to keep the bidding at a relatively low level.
Some Bridge players get pointed. That is, they have to bid suits that are headed by Honor cards. As Mr. Gershwin said: it ain't necessarily so. You can open the bidding in a suit that has NO honor cards. What is important in bidding is length; do not worry about where the high cards are. Of course it is nice if you have Honors in the suit that you bid. But not required. So do not get pointed. The only pointed thing at the table should be your pen or pencil.
do TEST II E
The Golden Fit
Note: all 8 cards do not have to be in one hand: a 4/4 Fit is where you and your partner each have 4 cards in the same suit; a 5/3 Fit is where one of you has 5 cards and your partner has 3 cards. And there can even be 6/2 or 7/1 Fits. Statistically, the most common Golden Fit is 5/3. Of course if you have a Fit of more than 8 cards, then that is a super Golden Fit. That suit should usually become the trump suit.
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