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Answer 27

Three possible hands are given for South, but only one is consistent with their three bids. Which one? What would the others hands have bid differently? Neither side is vulnerable.
 

North   East   South   West

1NT
2
 
Pass
Pass
  1

2NT
  Pass
Pass


Hand a)
♠ A K J 3
A Q 8 5
Q 2
J 9 2
 
Hand b)
♠ A Q 9 8 3
K J 10 8
♦ A J
Q 9
 
Hand c)
♠ A Q 10 9 2
A J 9 2
K 5
J 5

Answer:
  • b) is correct.
  • You have shown 5-4 and partner, who has 6-9 points (for his 1NT), has made a preference bid (not a support bid) back to 2. Your 2NT shows a good hand – about 17 points – or you’d pass 2 and, within having the 5-4 shape, a notrumpy hand, probably 5-4-2-2. Hand (b) is perfect.
  • With Hand (a) you would open 1.
  • With Hand (c) you should pass 2, as you will not have game facing 6-9 points. 

 

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