Fit seeking jump bid

Fit seeking jump bid is a convention usually played only in competitive bidding situations (i. e. where both sides are bidding).

After a player has opened in a suit or overcalled and opponents are also bidding, his partner's jump in a new suit shows length in the suit bid plus support for his partner's suit, normally 5-4/4-5 or better in the two suits. The bid is pre-emptive/competitive in nature, and shows a playing-strength for which you would otherwise have jumped to the next higher bid in your partners suit. The idea is to describe your hand more in order to help your partner judge whether to compete or not, in case opponents continue to bid.

Examples:

:

4Clubs shows Spades-support and Clubs-suit and playing strength for a 4Spades pre-emptive bid.

The exact situations where this convention applies or not applies may vary according to partnership agreements.

One variation is to agree that it only applies to non-game jump bids (so, for example: 1Spades - (2Clubs) - 4Hearts, is then natural showing Hearts only, and not fit-seeking with Spades-support).


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