Opening preempts above 3 Hearts
- Pass - very rare, but sometimes you can know partners suit is spades based upon cards in the other suits
- 3NT to play. Note, we "right side" the 3NT contract compared to normal gambling 3NT
- 4♣ ask for opener to signoff in his solid seven card suit.
- 4♦; ask opener to show singleton or void, presumably responder knows openers suit
- 4NT ask opener to bid small slam with eight card suit.
Since 3♠ shows a solid suit, we use an opening 3NT bid as a preempt of four of Either minor. Responder with a good hand can pass. This avoids the opening preempt of four of a minor preempting you out of 3NT when partner is strong.
- Pass is to play
- 4♣/5♣/6♣ are pass correct
- 4♥/4♠ are to play
- 4♦ is RKCB for the minor (which ever one)
Four ♣ and 4♦ opening bids are Namyats. Remember, we can open 2♣ with 8 or 9 tricks in a major and five plus controls. Our namyats bids thus show, 1-7,8 or 9 card suit, 2- one or two KEY cards, but if only one keycard, will have the trump queen, 3 - no void, 4- max of 4 controls, 5 - 4 to 4.5 losers. The responses are:
- Bid in the anchor major (♦=♠, ♣=♥) if he lacks two key cards, or lacks three possible cover cards. Opener MUST accept the signoff.
- If responder has two plus keys and at least 3 possible cover cards, he can bid the in-between suit as RKCB (of course, we have limits on what opener can hold). The response are.
- 1st step = 1 key card and by rule, must be trump queen too
- 2nd step = 2 key cards without the queen
- 3rd step = 2 key cards with the queen
Opening bids of 4♠ and 4♥ are weak preempts