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SHOULD YOU OPEN LIGHT IN THIRD OR FOURTH POSITION WHEN OPPONENT (S) AND PARTNER HAVE PASSED

It is a good tactic to open light in 3rd position with as few as 10 high-card points when opponent and your partner have passed.

This is VERY IMPORTANT-
Since PARTNER is a PASSED HAND – a new suit response by partner is “NOT FORCING” !!!!!!  YOU (Light Opener) CAN PASS WITH A FIT!  Remember there is no game – partner was a passed hand and you do not have 12 high card points or more.

Vulnerability can be a consideration with borderline hands.  Tend to be more conservative if vulnerable and aggressive when not vulnerable.

SOME Magic……..
Adding the value of a king (3 POINTS) to your 10 HC PTS, along with the requirements shown below, can be used to judge whether to open light or pass. If you open in third seat, your partner (RESPONDER) MUST DEDUCT 3 POINTS, the value of a king, from their total hand value, before responding.

Requirements for OPENING LITE IN 3rd POSITION
– a GOOD SUIT & willingness TO PASS partner’s response
– good support for both majors

ADVANTAGES of opening lite in 3rd seat
– to make a partscore
– to suggest a lead
– to cause opponents to misjudge the situation

RESPONDING TO 3rd seat openings
HUGELY IMPORTANT, YOU, THE RESPONDER MUST MAKE A MENTAL NOTE THAT PARTNER IS OPENING IN THIRD SEAT AND MAY NOT HAVE OPENING POINTS -!!!!
–   With support for partner’s suit  (3+) cards support, deduct 3 points and raise opener’s suit IMMEDIATELY – no time to “fish around”
–   To bid a new suit – it should be a good suit of 5+ cards as you might end up playing there (remember partner can pass because you are already a PASSED HAND)

OPENING BORDERLINE HANDS IN FOURTH POSITION
Requirements
– use the “GUIDELINE OF 15”
Add high card points in your hand to the number of spades in your hand.  If it totals 15 or more consider opening, otherwise consider passing.

The reason we add the number of spades is , if we open in a lower ranking suit, the opponents can OVERCALL a higher suit and stay at the one level with few points.

EXAMPLE – OPENING IN FOURTH SEAT AFTER THREE PASSES
SPADES – J 10 9 8 7
HEARTS – A Q x x
DIAMONDS – K x
CLUBS –  8 4

ADVANTAGE
– to get a plus score

If the partnership frequently opens borderline hands in 3rd and 4th position consider learning Reverse Drury. After a bid of 1 ♥️ or 1♠️ in THIRD OR FOURTH POSITION , a response by partner of 2♣️ is artificial and asks partner whether the bid was sound or light.  Check this convention out on-line.  Karen Walker has an easy explanation of Reverse Drury.  This is not mandatory but helps to find out if partner had a legitimate opening hand in 3rd or 4th seat

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