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Answer 28

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


Hand a)
♠ A Q J 3
A K J 9 6 2
Hand b)
♠ A K 8 3
Q 2
♦ J 8
A K 9 5 2
Hand c)
♠ A K J 2
K 10 2
J 5
A K J 5

  • a) is correct.
  • It is unusual to jump rebid in a new suit as opener. The bid is unequivocally game forcing facing a measly six points, so you need a really big hand. Such as Hand (a). Note that Hand (a) has the playing strength to open 2 (any hand with 23+ points, nothing to do with clubs); but to do so would be a mistake, because it would cramp the bidding too much [eg 2-2-3-3NT... and you have not even bid your spades].
  • Hand (b) should simply rebid 1. You do not jump in a new suit merely because you have 16 or so points: you need a really good 19 or 20.
  • Hand (c) should open 2NT.


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