Author: Allan DeSerpa
Say Good-Bye to the Forcing Notrump
Getting to play one no-trump offers at least from ways of winning a board: (1) you may not have a better contract (2) even if you do, it will not always be easy to find it (3) even when on no-trump is not the best contract (4) even if responder finds the better contract, the opposition gets another opportunity to get back into the auction. Every time you play one notrump instead of a 5-2 fit, you will be gaining half a board on the field!
The Marionette (artificial two-club response) covers invitational hand types that get funneled through a forcing notrump and often delivers them with greater clarity. The Marionette is easy to master and also conserves bidding space for advanced extensions. Imagine being able to play Bergen raises and fit bids, along with three varieties of splinter bids and four quantitative ranges from 13 to 20 HCP!
Paperback: 110 pages: 2017