Goldilocks Two Bids


“Not too big, not too small, just right”


2H, 2S:    8/9/10-13, 6+ in M.  If 9 HCP and only six in M, AKQ in suit or KQ in suit & an outside ace.  Otherwise if 8/9 HCP, 7+ in M and some defensive values.


[Goldilock Responses]

new suit:                natural, F, 5+ in suit or if 3m mild GI in M and values/length in m.  After opener’s rebid, 3M rebid by responder GI but NF.  Over 3m opener bids 4m if would accept mild GI in M and has at least two cards in m; now 4M shows GI hand, and other bids are cuebids with GF and length in m.  2M-3m-4M shows good extras but short in m.  Other than 2M-3m-4m and 2M-3m-4M as just described, all other bids are very natural. 

Example: 2H-2S-3S(raise)-4C(cuebid for Ss)-etc.

2NT:                       asks, see next.

3M:                         mild GI (use 2NT if good GI), but use 3m if concentrated values in m.

3NT, 4M:                to play

jump suits:             splinters, slam interest.

4NT:                       RKCB.


[2NT asks]

After 2M-2NT:

3C:          promises singleton or void in some suit, neither 4 in OM or maximum with 4+ in a minor.  After 3C:

         3D GF re-ask, 3H showing singleton OM, 3S singleton C, 3NT and above natural with short D.  After 3H or 3S singleton showing bid cheapest suit bid asks for four card minor, 4M show 7+ M and no four card minor, other free bid (3NT, short suit etc.) showing 6-3-3-1.

 e.g. after 2H-2NT-3C-3D-3H(sing. S)-3S-?, 3NT=1-6-3-3, 4m=6+Hs & 4 in m, 4M=7+Hs.

         3M asks opener to pass if minimum.

         3OM asks opener to bid OM with 3 in OM & minimum, cuebid with 3 in OM & maximum, or otherwise bid 3NT or M.

3D:          no singleton or void, 6 in M.  Except for 3OM, 3M etc. as over 3C.

                3OM re-ask, GF unless responder passes opener’s rebid:

                After 2H-2NT-3D-3S:

                3NT:       9/10-11.  4C asks, 4D=3Ds, 4H=3Cs, 4S=3Ss.

                4m:          12-13, 3 in m.

                4H:          3Ss, 12-13.

                After 2S-2NT-3D-3H:

                3S:           minimum, not 3Hs.

                3NT:       maximum, not 3Hs.

                4m:          cuebid with 3Hs, extras.

                4H:          3Hs, no desire to cuebid.

                After 2S-2NT-3D-3H-3S or 3NT-4C asks: 4D=3Ds, 4H=3Cs.

3H:          6+ in M, 4 in OM. 

3S:           6+ in M, 4Cs, maximum.  4C sets Cs as trump, other bids for M.

3NT:       6+ in M, 4Ds, maximum.  4Ds set Ds as trump, other bids for M.

4X:          6-5 two suiter, likely minimum (or would have open 1M).

4M:         7-2-2-2 shape.


Note after 3C or 3D response and re-ask, 4NT is always RKCB for M, and cuebids imply support for M.

When playing Double Roman Keycard Blackwood, it is on if opener has shown a 6-4 or better two suiter, or if has shown a 6-3-2-2, with the 3 card suit the second suit.


[Goldilocks 2M in competition]


Over double:

-          Responder redoubles with values looking to double opponents, or passes first, then double to show optional double (more balanced hand type).

-          Suit bids are transfers showing lead directional values or length in suit above (e.g. 2H=Dbl=3C shows diamonds or lead directional diamond values), with 2NT showing suit just above opening bid (e.g. 2H-Double-2NT shows Ss or lead directional Ss). 

-          Suit below 3 of M is GI in M.

-          Jump bids are fit showing and lead directional.

-          3M, 3NT is to play.


Over suit and NT bids:

-          Double for penalty, except if a suit bid just below 3M – then double is GI in M. (e.g. 2S-3H-Double).

-          Transfer bids if suit overcall below 3M.  A suit transfers to the suit above it, with the suit below 3M showing a GI in M; an immediate bid of 3M is just to play.  Suits transferred to may be natural or just lead directional values.

-          New suits above 3M or below 3M after a NT overcall are intended as natural and forcing, but are often just lead directional.

-          3M, 3NT to play.

-          2NT if available transfers to Cs.

-          Jump bids are lead directional and fit showing.


[Goldilocks can’t bear it double]

If responder raises M directly or makes a GI in M and the opponents bid OM then a direct double of OM by opener at the second turn to bid shows a hand with a strong ratio of offense to defense outside of M.


2H-Pass-4H-4S-Double:                      Little or no defense to 4Ss except perhaps in Hs.

2S-Pass-3S-4H-Double:                       Can’t bear it for Hs.

2H-2S-3D-4S-Double:                          2NT invited in Hs, Double is can’t bear it.

2S-Double-3H-4H-Double: 3H was GI in Ss.  Double is can’t bear it.


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