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Splinters by Responder -- Most Splinter Bids (double jump -- i.e. 1H: p: 4D) are made by responder as a immediate response the Opening of a Major.  The requirements for a splinter bid are as follows:
  • You must have great support for partner's Major Suit-- 4+ Cards.
  • You must have an opening hand.
  • You must have a singleton or void in the suit you made the double jump. 

Value of A Splinter Bid -- alerts your partner to the possibility of a slam contract.
Opener's Response With a minimum hand and wastage in the suit that your partner splintered in you sign off in 4 of your Major. With Extra Value and the Right Shape of Hand you Investigate Slam

Splinters by Opener -- The Opener can also make a Splinter Bid.
For example, he opens 1H and his partner bids 1S -- A double jump to 4C would be a Splinter.
The Purpose is the Same -- To alert partner to a nice fit and slam potential.  Since the 1S made by responder only promises 6 points, the opener must have a huge hand (18-19+ Hcp's) to Consider a Splinter Bid. Responder will re-evaluate his Hand and with more than Minimum Values and the Right Shape he may cue bid or go to Blackwood.  With a Very Minimum Hand he will sign off in Game.         


Partner

Hand 1











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North

East

South

West

Pass

1H

Pass

4C*

Pass

4nt

Pass

5H*

Pass

6H

Pass

Pass

Pass


South opens the bidding 1H in the third chair. This partnerhip has agreed to play splinters.

North makes a splinter bid when he jumps to 4C.  He is showing a singleton or void in clubs and good heart support. 

South feels lucky and bids blackwood and they arrive a a nice slam contract in hearts.
Partner

Hand 2



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North

East

South

West

 1H

Pass

  1S

Pass

 4C

Pass

  4nt

Pass

 5H*

Pass

  6S

Pass

 Pass

Pass

 
North opens the bidding 1H.  When South responds 1S -- North Splinters in clubs to show a huge hand in support of hearts with either a singleton or void in clubs. 
With a very nice hand herself, South initiates regular blackwood and a slam in bid in hearts.