Questions and Answers


Question 18

As a reader, my only criticism of the SST+WP theory is its complexity. My question is, at the table when you have only a few short seconds to hit the table with your bid, have you any suggestions as to reaching your final analysis in as short a time as possible.

Don Atkinson


Answer

The best way of reaching your decisions quickly is thinking in advance, using the clues you get from the bidding and your own cards. Suppose partner opens with 1S (five-card majors), where you have a fit. You immediately know that your SST will be 5 or lower, since your partner's shortest suit will be at most a doubleton. If your hand includes a doubleton, assume it is not matching your partner's, and expect your SST to be at most 4. But if the opponents bid and raise your doubleton suit, you may expect duplication and go back to 5. Quite often, you will be spot on, and even if you are wrong, you're rarely off by more than one.
   Estimating your side's WP is more difficult, but a good guide is to assume partner has a minimum in working points and proceed from that. Say that he has shown support for your opening suit and 6-9 HCP. Hoping for 6 WP opposite is a realistic estimate. It takes into account the possibility that if partner is maximum in high-card points some of his values are useless.


More questions and answers:

[ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 ]


Copyright © 2016, Mike Lawrence & Anders Wirgren