At long last, we have finally reached the final segment of our lesson on balancing seat bids in the passout seat. Recall that with a good 7 or 6 Losing Trick Count hand including a Semi Self-Sustaining Suit (Suit Quality of 9 or a good 8), with a partnership agreement we can jump to the 2 level in our major suit – a highly invitational bid. So what is up with a jump to the 3 level in a lower ranking suit with respect to your Left Hand Opponent?
Here is another highly invitational game-going bid, this time looking for a 3 Notrump contract when partner has a few cover cards (primary honors, Aces and Kings) including 1-2 stoppers in the opponents bid suit. Remember in an earlier lesson that cuebidding the Left Hand Opponent suit at the 3 level shows “one-half” of a stopper, perhaps Q-x, Q-x-x or maybe J-10-x. So lacking a half-stopper here is the rare opportunity to jump to the 3 level in your long minor. Obviously, your minor suit should be 7 in length, at least a Semi Self-Sustaining Suit (Suit Quality = 9+) and a 5-6 Losing Trick Count hand. Finally, we will explore the meaning of a 3 level jump in a higher ranking suit, particularly a major suit. This time with our 5-6 LTC hand and SQ=9+, we are looking for a major suit game when partner has at least one trump and 2-3 cover cards.
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