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Answer #69

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

* Game-invitational with four+ clubs

Hand a)
♠ A J
Q J 2
7 3 2
K 9 7 3 2
Hand b)
♠ 8 7 4 2
K J 2
A J 6 4 2
Hand c)
♠ K Q 9
 10 9 2
7 3
A J 9 7 3
(c) is correct.
  • In minor-suit auctions at the Three-level, the focus is on whether to play 3NT. Naturally, the partnership will need stoppers in all the suits, so new suits become stopper-showing as opposed to natural. Here, partner has shown a diamond stopper and is asking you to talk about your major-suit stoppers. Your 3 bid says that you have a spade stopper – but not a heart stopper.
  • Hand (c) is perfect. 
  • With Hand (a), you are stopped in both majors and should bid 3NT. 
  • Hand (b) is an oddity; it has become really enormous and the correct bid is a splinter jump to 4 – there’ll be an easy 6 slam facing as little as A, 643, AQ65, KQ753.


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