Dear Mr. Wolff: If the opponents intervene over our no-trump, what would you recommend I play to describe my hand? Is Stolen Bid an approved gadget?
Answer: Both opener and his partner must be able to bid all the suits ef iciently. (The transfer element is less vital.) Each player should be able to double with shortage since that is the hand you are most likely to want to compete on. Responder can play transfers and Stayman over an arti icial double or a call of two clubs — with double acting as Stayman. After higher intervention, new suits should be natural at the two-level and forcing at the three-level. The meaning of a two-no-trump call as Lebensohl is discussed at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Lebensohl.
Dear Mr. Wolff: In second seat, I had SPADES A Q 7 2, HEARTS
K 4, DIAMONDS K Q J 9 5, CLUBS Q 4, and opened one diamond. The next hand overcalled two hearts, my partner doubled, and the next player jumped to four hearts preemptive. I had planned to jump to four spades and wasn’t sure if that call would suf ice here — or what slam try to make.
Answer: If your right-hand opponent had let you jump to four spades, you would probably have made that call. As it is, you certainly want to make a slam try; but does a jump to ive spades ask for a heart control? Does four no-trump suggest the minors here rather than being key-card? I’ll settle for bidding four spades and hope partner can do more with real extras.
Dear Mr. Wolff: My partner and I have been arguing about whether there is any sort of hand that would pass in irst or second chair and then back into the opponent’s auction with a pre-empt. Is such a thing possible?
Answer: There must be hands with the shape for a pre-empt but not the right honor location, where you might pass initially but decide to pre-empt later. Similarly, you may have a hand with too much defense or with a sidesuit. When vulnerable, you might also not have a good enough suit to act on initially. Whenever your partner bids, though, jumps by a passed hand in a new suit will not be a single-suited pre-empt but should show it for your partner.