Next up on our journey navigating competitive bids, we switch gears and turn our attention to balancing seat bids. Sometimes your partner has a nice hand but simply does not have the correct shape to make an overcall (suit bid or a takeout double). In situations like this as well as followup bidding, when you are in the passout seat it’s often time to “borrow a King” from partner and keep the auction alive and competitive (two passes so far and the auction goes to the opponents unless you make a call). Just remember that when partner made a call in passout seat, resist the urge to punish partner by then advancing the bidding to the 3 level. In this lesson we also demonstrate the inadequacy holding a Jack-doubleton (including Ace-Jack). We will also take a look at competing when Left Hand Opponent opens 1 Notrump and you are in the passout seat – time to use Mel Colchamiro’s “Rule of 2″ (guideline), responder’s “Stayman double” after RHO overcalls 2 Club, a tip on how to avoid an endplay when LHO has a trump stack sitting behind you, as well as the classic distribution when to try a “strip and endplay.”
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