Nagy Game Tries
2NT = asks in which suit responder would accept
a help suit game try. Reponses:
3 = accept clubs.
If opener now bids 3x it is a help suit in that suit.
3 = reject clubs, accept diamonds
3 = reject minors, accept hearts
3 = reject anything ever
3NT = natural, choice of games
4x = cue bid
4 = accept game tries, no slam interest (rare---
typically bids 3NT)
3, 3, 3 = short suit game tries
3 = choice of
a) power try
b) trump try
c) 123 stop
Since I never hold (b), we can use 2NT to start
(a), and 123 stop is silly when you hold spades,
I don't care much. If you don't either, make it (a).
3NT = choice of games
4, 4, 4 = long-suit (not help-suit) slam tries, promising
a 5-card side suit and a good hand
Over 1-2, same applies, only 2 is the ask, with notrump's
now meaning spades, and 2NT is a short suit try in spades.
3 is natural, 5-6 slam try.
After short suit tries, a repeat of the short suit try is
a void suit slam try. A different suit beyond 3M is a cue
bid and shows a short suit slam try with a singleton.
After 2NT, opener's new suits above 3M show a help-suit slam
try (probably in an accepted suit) and are cue bids.
Aug. 27, 1996