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G S Jade Barrett, Founding President TBS

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Bidding Theory - G S Jade Barrett

Forcing 2NT Response      Whirlwind 
Forcing 2NT Response 
 
G S Jade Barrett's Forcing 2N Response to 1H or 1S
 
1H Auctions
 
1H – 2N: 4+ Support, Forcing to Game (FG)
1H – 2N – 3C/3D/3S: Shortness, 6 or fewer losers AND/OR Positive Keycards (2 with the Queen or better)
1H – 2N – 3H: 6 or fewer losers AND/OR Positive Keycards, no shortness and poor trumps (not 2 of top 3)
1H – 2N – 3N: 6 or fewer losers AND/OR Positive Keycards, no shortness and good trumps (at least 2 of top 3)
1H – 2N – 4C/4D: 6 or fewer losers AND/OR Positive Keycards with a second 5-card suit; Denies 2 fast losers in either side suit.
1H – 2N – 4H: All 7-loser hands with negative keycards (less than 2 with the Queen)
1H – 2N – 4N: 1430 Keycard
1H – 2N – 4S/5C/5D:  Exclusion Keycard (1st Step = 0, 2nd Step = 1, 3rd Step = 2 no Q, 4th Step = 2 w Q, 5th Step = 3 no Q, 6th Step = 3 w Q)
 
1S Auctions
 
1S – 2N: 4+ Support, FG
1S – 2N – 3C/3D/3H: Shortness, 6 or fewer losers AND/OR Positive Keycards
1S – 2N – 3S: 6 or fewer losers AND/OR Positive Keycards, no shortness and poor trumps (not 2 of top 3)
1S 2N – 3N: 6 or fewer losers AND/OR Positive Keycards, no shortness and good trumps (at least 2 of top 3)
1S – 2N – 4C/4D/4H: 6 or fewer losers AND/OR Positive Keycards with a second 5-card suit; Denies 2 fast losers in either side suit.
1S – 2N – 4S: All 7-loser hands with negative keycards
1S – 2N – 4N: 1430 Keycard
1S – 2N – 5C/5D/5H:  Exclusion Keycard
 
In general we begin cue bidding whenever there is a positive action taken by opener. The only exception is when the 2N bidder's hand is substantially reduced by opener’s shortness.                         

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Whirlwind           

Invented by G S Jade Barrett June 1991.  This has proven to be a very successful Strong Club Defense.  Derived from Featherston, a NT defense co-developed by Norm Featherston and G S Jade Barrett.

Used whenever 1C is forcing:

1C   DBL = 13+ semibalanced or balanced

1C     1D = Diamonds and Hearts 13-

                   OR Diamonds and Clubs 10-17

1C     1H = Hearts and Spades 13-

                   OR Hearts and Diamonds 10 – 17

 1C     1S = Spades and Clubs 13-

                   OR Spades and Hearts 10 – 17

 1C     2C = Clubs and Diamonds 13-

                   OR Clubs and Spades 10 – 17

1C     1N = Hearts and Clubs OR Spades and Diamonds

Suit bids of 2D and Higher are Natural, 2N shows a VERY unbalanced hand in which the lower ranking suit is at least 6 cards in length.

After a suit overcall, a NT bid asks partner to describe his hand.

The NT bidder promises at least a constructive 10+

For example:    1C     1H     P       1N

          P       2C = H + D with Short Club 10 - 17

                   2D = H + D 12 – 17 with no shortness.

                   2H = H + S 13 -

                   2S = H + D with Short Spade 10 - 17

          1C     1S     P       1N

          P       2C = C + S 13 -

                   2D = H + S with Short Diamond 10 - 17

                   2H = H + S with NO shortness 13 - 17

                   2S = H + S with Club Shortness 10 - 17

Here are a few sample hands:

1) AQ43                  2) AKJ72                3) 43

    JT972                      QT873                   KJ543

    873                          K4                       8

    6                              9                         AQT43

4) 543                      5) QT3                  6) T983

    Q753                       4                             K2

    AJ8643                    KQ87                       AJT543

    Void                         JT982                      A

7) KQT                   8) A2                       9) Q4

    A7                          T987432                  J97

    QJT9                       873                         AKJ8532

    KJ32                       4                             6

What action does each hand take over a forcing club?

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