Written by Greg Quittner
You'd better believe it! It's a convention which works well when it comes up.
You can only use it over 1NT or 2NT(20-21). Responder must have a void or singleton club. It can only be used with simple Stayman.
Here is an example: Partner opens 1NT and you hold : S 8643 H 9873 D K632 C 4. You respond 2C and now pass whatever partner bids (2D, 2H or 2S). With your hand and partner's well defined 1NT bid, playing in any of these two level contracts has to be better than partner playing 1NT.
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Written by David Farmer
In the game of Duplicate Bridge the defence's first lead of a suit, particularly the opening lead of a hand, is often critical. Below we explore some guidelines that help the defence maximise their chances and avoid the worst mistakes.
The first question is what suit to lead and this is handled separately. Here we explore the second and more straight-forward question: the choice of card once the suit has been chosen.
The objectives are twofold: firstly to maximise the chances of gaining extra tricks in the suit (or avoiding the loss of unnecessary tricks), and secondly to give partner as much information as possible about your holding in the suit. Of course, declarer may also gain additional information, but given declarer's advantage at the start the information conveyed will more often than not be of greater advantage to your partner (unless you expect your partner to never gain the lead), particularly as it concerns a suit in which you think you have some advantage.
Read more: Which card to lead?