Welcome back to Part 3 and 4 of our continuing preemptive bidding journey. While at first look, making a preemptive bid and response looks deceptively simple. Yes, right you are on both accounts! In this episode we delve deeper into Suit Quality, Self-Sustaining Suits, Losing Trick Count, Cover Cards and examine how to respond when its the opponents who made a pesky 2 or 3 level preemptive bid.
As we saw in the prior section, preemptive styles come in three forms: - aggressively hot preemptors willing to take more risks - conservatively mild preemptors requiring solid values
- disciplined weak bidders bidding somewhere in between.
When it comes to considering honors in their long suit, aggressive types are likely to get by with 4 of the top 6 (including the 9 spot), conservative preemptors look for 2 of the top 3 honors and disciplined are probably okay preempting 3 of the top 5. Since it is imperative to have solid partnership agreements as a prerequisite to finding the best contracts, it seems prudent to spend some time discussing partnership bidding styles in different situations.
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