Singleton Syndrome


By Harold Schogger


Many bridge players suffer from singleton syndrome and although Bridge doctors are working on it, there is no known cure.


What is singleton Syndrome?


Singleton syndrome is when partner bids a suit and you have the dreaded singleton and are scared of leaving partner in that suit.


The most obvious example is when partner opens 3 of a suit and you have


e.g.  Partner opened 3©

ª AQ742

© 7

¨ KQ65

§ K65


There is no need to panic at all. After all you have EIGHT CARDS between you and on this hand you merely Pass.


Similarly  Partner opens 2©  and now you have

ª AQ97

© 7

¨ K765

§ K765     

Just Pass you now have SEVEN CARDS between you- why are you panicking? Unless you play in Hearts partner’s hand will be wastepaper – Just Pass and hope for the best- very likely partner will muster 8 tricks.



If you offer partner two suits and partner, responder, disregards both your suits and repeats his suit, respect that even if you have the dreaded singleton in that suit


ª 7

© AQ973

¨ KQ64

§ K76

After opening 1©  partner replies 1ª and you now of course rebid 2¨  partner now goes 2ª JUST RESPECT THAT - partner must have six spades and no liking for either of the suits you have offered. You have no need to worry you are still playing in a 6:1 fit with the majority of the suit.



Another time this singleton syndrome might manifest itself in in an auction like this

1©  1NT

2¨  3§


And you started life with

ª K87

© AQ973

¨ KQ64


Responder was not strong enough to reply 2§ in the first place and put up the warning sign of 1NT  and now suddenly bids 3§ over your offer of two suits. Surely this can only be “I am very weak and my suit is Clubs and I want clubs to be trumps and my hand is worthless unless Clubs are trumps- I hope you will respect my wishes partner and NOW PASS”


If you work on your singleton syndrome you will cure yourself and will not need a vaccine  and I think a vaccine is not available as far as I now in the foreseeable future.


Happy Passing with the dreaded singleton.