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Answer 39

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

North   East   South   West

2 NT
  Pass
Pass
  1 NT
3
  Pass


Hand a)
♠ J 9
A 9 8 4 2
K 4 2
8 5 2
 
Hand b)
♠  2
Q J 9 8 3 2
J 7
K 4 3 2
 
Hand c)
♠ J 4
 J 9 8 4 3
Q 9 2
Q 9 6

Answer:

(a) is correct.
  • This 3 bid is forcing to game, showing precisely five hearts and offering a choice of games – it is not a weakness take-out. Therefore Hand (a) is correct – facing partner’s 17-18-ish balanced, you want partner to choose the game between 3NT and 4 (or possibly 4), knowing you have precisely (a)’s hand-type.
  • With hand (b) you should jump to 4. Bidding 3 will achieve nothing, as you’ll have to pull 3NT to 4.
  • With Hand (c) – yuk! – you should pass 2NT. If 3 had been a weak rescue, you might have considered it: but it isn’t.
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