The Complete Guide to Passed Hand Bidding

The Complete Guide to Passed Hand Bidding

by Mike Lawrence


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The definitive book on auctions that begin in third or fourth seat. Originally published in 1989, this book quickly became recognized as a 'must-read' for any would-be bridge expert, and has never been out of print. Now, more than 20 years later, the author has revised, updated and expanded it to take into account modern ideas in bidding. Anyone who is at all serious about improving their game needs to own a copy of this book.

Kit Woolsey's introduction to the original edition: 'A major contribution to bidding theory... easy to understand and fun to read at the same time.'

Mike Lawrence (TN) has Hall of Fame credentials both as a player and a writer. An original member of the Dallas Aces, he has won three world titles and eighteen national titles. Several of his books are widely regarded as classics of the game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781897106822
Publisher: Master Point Press
Publication date: 10/15/2011
Pages: 207
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the First Edition 5

Part 1 Opening The Bidding In Third Or Fourth Seat 7

Chapter 1 Third Seat Bidding 9

Why Not Open Light in All Seats? 13

Chapter 2 Five Rules For Passed Hand Bidding 15

Chapter 3 How Light Can You Open in Third Seat? 23

Chapter 4 Third Seat Preempts 29

Weak Two-bids 29

Weak Three-bids 34

Vulnerability Counts 37

Opening Four-bids in Third Seat 40

Responding to Partner's Third Seat Preempt 43

Quiz on Third Seat Opening Bids 45

Chapter 5 Fourth Seat Opening Bids 53

Fourth Seat Weak Two-bids 57

Fourth Seat Three-bids 58

Fourth Seat Four-bids 59

Quiz on Fourth Seat Opening Bids 61

Part 2 Responding To Third And Fourth Seat Openers 65

Chapter 6 Drury 67

The Advantages of Drury 68

The Current Version of Drury - Reverse Drury 70

Opener's Rebids After Partner's Reverse Drury 72

Continuing With Other Drury Agreements 79

Opener's Second Bid 80

Drury in Competition 106

Chapter 7 Responding to Third or Fourth Seat Openers 113

A INT Response to a Minor 114

A INT Response to a Major 115

Raising a Major 121

Raising a Minor 122

Jump Raises in a Major 122

Limit Raises in a Minor 124

A Jump Shift 124

The Passed Hand Jump to 2NT When Partner Opens a Minor Suit 126

The Passed Hand Jump to 3NT When Partner Opens a Minor Suit 126

The Passed Hand Jump to 2NT When Partner Opens a Major Suit 127

Fourth Suit Forcing 128

Part 3 Advanced Section 135

Chapter 8 A Better Drury - Lawrence Drury 137

The Key Bid in Lawrence Drury 139

What Can You Do If They Use Drury Against You? 158

Chapter 9 Various Jumps By Responder 161

The Passed Hand Jump to 2NT When the Opening Bid is One of a Minor 161

The Passed Hand Jump to 2NT When the Opening Bid is One of a Major 162

Passed Hand Jump Shifts 166

You Open-in Third Seat and Partner Jumps to the Three-level in a Higher-ranking Suit 193

You Open in Third or Fourth Seat and Partner Jumps to Game 194

Passed Hand Bidding Quiz: The Advanced Methods 199

Final Review Quiz: General Passed Hand Bidding Prineipies 203

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