THIS WEEK'S LESSON
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Making an unnecessary jump in a side suit to show partner a good fit and shortage (singleton or void) in the side suit is a very descriptive way to bid. Jumping in the short suit is known as a Splinter Bid.
In this bidding style a single raise of opener's minor suit shows a good hand, whereas a jump raise shows a weak hand. This makes it easier for the partnership to judge whether no trumps or the minor is better.
Fourth suit forcing is a useful gadget for game-forcing situations (or even sometimes slam), when both partners would benefit from more information about the hands.
Partners need good understandings when both sides are in the auction, especially when to play the contract and when to defend theirs.
Try to keep the bidding low when you discover the hand is a misfit.
You need to work so carefully with partner when you’re deciding whether to go to slam or not.
Put what you have been learning to test with our monthly challenge hands.