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Answer #63

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

North   East   South   West

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

(c) is correct.
  • Partner’s 4 is a natural slam Trial bid, asking for help in clubs. If you have help (ie not three losing tricks), you can cooperate by making an ace-showing cue bid.
  • B has the worst club holding (and the trumps are pretty poor); B should sign off in 4 – ace-showing cue bids are never forced. 
  • C is perfect – a little help in clubs, and decent trumps; 4 shows the ace of hearts, denies the cheaper ace of diamonds and implies decent black-suit cards. 
  • So why is A incorrect? The answer is A is too strong to jump to 3 – seven losing tricks with a fifth spade. Best is an immediate splinter bid of 4; if not playing splinters (shame) jump to 4.

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