Social Lesson 19, Part 4, Preemptive Bids, Relative Seat, RONF, Rule of 2-3-4

Aha, at last it’s time for some fun making sporty preemptive bids. That’s the good news, yet with great power come great responsibility. After all, Bridge *IS* a partnership game, right?

So having respectable values that properly convey our preemptive values, both hand shape and strength concentration becomes the prime directive to ensure you’re being a good partner. Okay – check (that’s a fine start).

But what about when one, two or three players are passed hands? When are the stars in the ideal position… or not so favorable, and why? And how about relative vulnerability, yours and your opponents? We’ll take a look at the “Rule of 2-3-4” (actually more of a GUIDE, not a hard and fast Rule).

In this lesson we will also cover treatments when our partner raises our preempt, bids a new suit or makes a 2 Notrump call as well as our possible rebids. And finally, we will explore how and when to counteract the opponents preemptive bid and raise scenario.

In total, this 100+ minute lesson is chalk full of pithy discussions and scenarios along with lots of bidding and animated card play with stimulating commentary.

Ready, Aim, FIRE – on with the show…

Part 1 – Beginning with preemptive bidding basics & discipline – 35:42 minutes of video
Free, Premium, ULTRA, Part 2 on hand shape, honor placement & relative seat – 21:43 minutes of video

Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 3 on Raise Only Non Forcing & Rule of 2-3-4 – 27:49 minutes of video
Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 4 on upping preempts and how to counteractive opponents bid and raise – 18:16 minutes of video

And best yet, here at BridgeHands all of our Bridge hands are full of commentary (regardless of who is the declarer and defender) and analysis on hand evaluation, bidding and animated card play.   As always, our hand discussion offers a refreshingly rare glimpse of Bridge inside the minds of all four players at the table as play progresses, bid by bid, card by card.  Visitors are welcome to view the Part 1 series of our video lesson with nuances that will lead to quick and sound bidding without guesswork.  Those with the Free BridgeHands  membership may also watch Part 2 where we play more hands with provocative play tips and strategies, as well as way to improve skills by critiquing student players. As a Premium and ULTRA member, you are welcome to enjoy the entire four-part lesson segments with lots of hands, plus an opportunity to view future shows during your membership subscription period.   And as always, be sure to check out the hundreds of hours of videos in our archive that is growing by leaps and bounds, by clicking “Index to Videos” on the navigation above or simply click this link.

Bridge Teachers – you may download your personal copy of our copyrighted video lesson here:

Social Lesson 19 – Day 4, Part 1

Social Lesson 19 – Day 4, Part 2

Social Lesson 19 – Day 4, Part 3

Social Lesson 19 – Day 4, Part 4

Happy Trails,



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