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Answer #67

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

North   East   South   West

Hand a)
♠ 6 3 2
A K 6 3 2
Q 4
7 6 3
Hand b)
♠ 9 6 3 2
K J 10 8 2
7 3 2
Hand c)
♠ Q J 3
K 9 5 3
8 5 2
9 8 2
(b) is correct.
  • Your 2 response to partner’s take-out double showed up to about eight points – with more you should jump. 
  • Hand (a) is incorrect, because you should have jumped to 3 with your first bid. After your 2 bid, which is consistent with no points at all, partner has invited game with 3 – knowing you could have nothing. In other words, you don’t need much to accept the invitation.
  • With Hand (c), you have six more points than you might have but the shape is so grotty and three of the points (QJ) are probably useless. It’s probably wise to pass 3 – indeed if you bid anything, you should try 3NT rather than 4 – one fewer trick and at least QJx will be worth something. The correct answer, however, is 
  • Hand (b). You have only four points but they’re all in hearts (working big time), you have a fifth heart which is massive, and the 5431 shape looks very powerful. Picture partner with, say,x, AQxx, AJxx, KQxx and 4 will probably make 11 comfortable tricks.

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