K Q J 4 3 2
A K 4
10 9 8 7
10 9 6 3
Q 6 5 2
Q J 8 5
K 9 8 5 2
J 10 7 6 4
K 9 8 7 4
What does it take to respond positively to a forcing 2C opener? Let’s hear from three distinguished experts on the subject. First, Max Hardy: “When responder has a good suit, the immediate showing of it may allow opener to evaluate fitting cards and determine trick taking potential. Responder will show a suit if it is at least five cards long and contains two of the top three honors by bidding it directly in response to the two club opening bid.”
OK. Now Marty Bergen: “How much strength is needed for a positive response [to 2C]? The general standard is roughly 1 1/2 quick tricks or 8+ HCP.” He goes on to say you bid a suit at the two- or three-level “with a decent suit and a decent hand.”
Finally, Gerard Cohen: “For the other team, altogether, the minimum for the opposing team has a point spread of 19 to 40 minus whatever each opponent counts in his own hand. I’ll let you figure the mathematics of it.”
That last quote may have nothing to do with responding to a 2C opener, but then again it may. In any case, we can get some idea of what Gee thinks he needs from today’s hand. Apparently a four-count with two junky five-card minors suffices.
North, alas, appears to be closer to the Bergen-Hardy school. He rebids 3S and jumps to the spade slam when Gee follows up 3D with a forcing bid in a new suit. 6S rolls home if spades break 3-3, hearts are 5-3 or better and the DK is onside, provided trump are not led. Unluckily, this is not the layout, although East manages to hold the defense to down 1 by winning the SA and leading into declarer’s diamond tenace.
North and South’s bad fortune is our good, as Gee is dummy, giving him plenty of time to discuss bidding theory with the specs.
Spec #1: gerard what was 3d pls?
G: positive response, 5+ diamonds
Spec #2: G, they dont understand 3d… i dont get it, 3d is automatic guys
Spec #2: it shows 5 diamonds and a game force since 2d would be waiting, duh
Spec #3: with respect i think 2d waiting was better
Spec #4: yep 2d was the bid
G (to Spec #3): no, I do not have a 2d bid there
Spec #1 (to Spec #2): are you hopped up on somethin?
S Spec #2: naa, he had to show 5 diamonds, he has a 3D bid
S Spec #5: lol
Spec #3: ok what do you bid with bad hands?
Spec #5: Spec #2 heading the G fan club
As Gee leaves spec the recriminations fly.
Spec #2: oh btw specs, i was being sarcastic
Spec #1: spec #2 is the chief bosun and bser lol
Spec #2: i like to humor G
Spec #3 (to Spec #2): so what does g bid with poor hands like that?
Spec #6: 1 more story for aaron
Spec #7: no, you were kissin up
Spec #5: Spec #2 doing his best not to get booted from G spec land
Spec #2: you dont understand my “special” relationship with G
Spec #8: Spec #2 was trying not to commit pamicide*
Spec #2: i am his #1 fan :)
G (playing now, but still calling up from the table): but I did not make a reverse after 3D… would have been better 4S and hope I would continue
Spec #1 (to Spec #2): dont you see you’re creating a monster?
Spec #7: ah he failed to reverse… that explains it:>
Spec #6: reverse after 2c opening? New word in theory
*Named for pama, who mentioned the Bones Principle while Gee was in spec and thus assured herself of a spot on the honor roll.