Applebasket Entry, 2016
Submitted by: Patty Tucker- 3rd Place
Mnemonics are always helpful for new students. When I am trying to explain the concept of fast arrival after a 2♣ opening bid this is what I tell them....
After the auction proceeds
2♣ 2♦* *Waiting
Once South does not bid 3♣ (a 2nd Negative, denying a trick or as many as 5 HCPs) and is going to raise hearts (promising 3+ hearts and the values to bid game), the slower you bid the better your hand. Therefore,
A bid of 4♥ says, “I have a trick, a fit and that’s IT!
A bid of 3♥ says, “I have a trick, a fit and aBIT(more)!
They like the rhyme, but most important.... it helps them remember the concept.