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Answer #65

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)
♠ 9 6 4 3 2
Q 8 4 3 2
Hand b)
♠ A Q 7 6 2
8 5 2
A K 7 2
Hand c)
♠ K J 9 7 2
 J 3
♦ K Q 8 3 2
(c) is correct.
  • Partner’s redouble shows a hand of about ten or more points and typically no great spade fit. It creates an “auction force”, meaning your partnership cannot let the opponents play (undoubled); your partnership must either bid on or double them. This means your pass over 2 would be forcing – partner could not pass; this means you do not have to bid. If you do bid (in front of partner, who may be wishing to double the opponents for penalties), you are showing a shapely, minimum opener, unsuited to defence:
  • Hand (c) is perfect. 
  • Hand (b) is good defensively, so you should pass over 2 . If partner doubles, you should pass again – and lead your singleton trump. 
  • Hand (a) is so yucky, with all those points in the short suits, that you should not open the bidding at all (although it satisfies the Rule of 20 – or should I say Guideline of 20).

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