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Bridge 3/29

What do you do with game values?

Yesterday, I highlighted the Jacoby Forcing Raise, when responder bids two no-trump in answer to a one-heart or one-spade opening to show game-going values with at least four-card support for opener's major. But it is complicated, with unusual rebids by opener. If you prefer something simpler, respond three no-trump. The drawback is that partner might pass, forgetting this is artificial with support for his major. Introduce a rule that the forgetful partner pays the other an agreed sum of money. This three-no-trump response is forcing. With no slam interest, the opener rebids four of his major. With slam interest ...

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