stair step to a higher level page “Drury 2014”

a version that focuses on the passed hand rather than the perhaps-light opener

pub. 1-1-2014

Drury's concepts, updated:

  1. When you open light in 3rd seat (some even in 4th). Your passed-hand partner (PHP) will need to know only one thing: whether you opened light or not. When the PHP finds you with a genuine opening hand, he should pass you the baton and leave the rest up to you.

    Reason: Since the PHP hand is much more limited than the opener, it's easier to narrow down the important qualities of the passed hand than it is to make the opener do it.

  2. Other than the final contract, any leaping bid the opener makes crowds the bidding unnecessarily. This "self-preemption" can leave opener in the dark about certain key qualities of the responding hand that could make a difference.

  3. Most Drury players understand that you don't want to overbid when opener is light, but few understand that this trepidation can lead to timid bidding. Specifically, you can miss a slam when both partners hold maximums.

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Last updated: December 22, 2013 13:48. © 2014 Charles A. Lee