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Answer #53

Three possible hands are given for South but only one is consistent with bidding. Which one? What should the other iands have bid? Neither side is vulnerable

North   East   South   West

Hand a)
♠ Q J T 2
10 8
K J 10 2
A Q 3
Hand b)
♠ K J 9 6 2
Q 8 7
J 2
A K 8
Hand c)
♠ A J 5 2
J 8 2
A 8 2
K 8 2

*Stayman - a request for four-card majors.


a) is correct.
  • Hand (c) has the barren 4333 shape with no tens or nines. You should pass 2NT - quickly.
  • With Hand (b), you will accept the game invite (14 points). However, rather than simply bidding 3NT, why not try 3 en route. This must show five spades and logically ask partner to choose between 3NT and 4. [It cannot be rescue, for partner has not promised spades.]
  • Hand (a) is correct. You like your 13-count – look at those lovely intermediates that combine to form chunky sequences: QJ10, KJ10. Accept the game invitation.

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