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Major Suit Fit

 

            After a major suit fit has been found if there is slam interest by opener (15+ points), make the next higher bid, asking partner to give responses similar to Kokish help suit game tries.

 

Opener            Responder

1C                   1D

1H                   2H

2S                                                        initiates help suit try bids, e.g., bid Ace, King,

                                                            singleton, or void.  Indicates slam interest

                                                            (15+ points).

 

1C                   1D

1S                    2S

2NT                                                     initiates help suit try bids, e.g., bid Ace, King,

                                                            singleton, or void.  Indicates slam interest

(15+ points).

 

If opener has a minimum hand and an ace, cue bid.  If responder has any interest in slam, continue to cue bidding.  Otherwise, sign off at game.  If opener doesn't have an ace with a minimum hand, bid 4 of the major.

1C                   1D

1H                   2H

3C                                                       cue bid in clubs

3D                                                       cue bid in diamonds

3S                                                        cue bid in spades

 

1C                   1D

1S                    2S

3C                                                       cue bid in clubs

3D                                                       cue bid in diamonds

3H                                                       cue bid in hearts

 

A variation on the Kokish bids are the 3 level trump suit bid.  Opener is asking the the quality of responder's trump suit.  Again, initiate this bid with 15+ points.  Rather than bidding game to show good trump, cue bid a side ace to show good trumps.  A game level bid denies good trumps.

1C                   1D

1H                   2H

3H                                                       asks for quality of trump suit

                        3S                                2 of top 3 honors in hearts and the ace of spades

                        3NT                             2 of top 3 honors in hearts and no side aces

                        4C                               2 of top 3 honors in hearts and the ace of clubs

                        4D                               2 of top 3 honors in hearts and the ace of diamonds

                        4H                               denies 2 of top 3 honors in hearts


 

1C                   1D

1S                    2S

3S                                                        asks for quality of trump suit

3NT                             2 of top 3 honors in spades and no side aces

                        4C                               2 of top 3 honors in spades and the ace of clubs        

                        4D                               2 of top 3 honors in spades and the ace of diamonds

                        4H                               2 of top 3 honors in spades and the ace of hearts

4S                                denies 2 of top 3 honors in spades

 

 

If opener makes one of the bids showing 15+ points, responder can make a slam invitation by bidding 5 of the major.  Opener bids slam with 17+ points.