Bridge is a partnership game. You cannot play the game alone. You must tell your partner the truth about your hand so that you both can arrive at the right contract. If you bid two clubs after your partner’s opening one no trump, for example, without eight points and a four-card major, you are lying to her. She is counting on you for at least eight points and a four-card major.

Trust your partner. And give her every reason to trust you. Marriages have ended and people have been shot in unhappy partnerships. Trust your partner.