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If you have already shown a bad hand but partner still invites you to keep on bidding, he is saying “ Do you have a good bad hand or a bad bad hand?"
♠ A J 10 5
♥ A J 8
♦ A K 9 4
♣ Q 2
♠ K 8
♦ Q J 10 5 2
♣ K 10 7 5 4
♠ 7 6
♥ 10 9 7 3 2
♦ 7 6
♣ A J 8 3
♠ Q 9 4 3 2
♥ Q 6 5 4
♦ 8 3
♣ 9 6
|1 ♦||Dbl||Pass||1 ♠|
|Pass||3 ♠||Pass||4 ♠|
|4 ♠ by South|
North - too strong to overcall 1NT (15-18) - began with double. This commanded partner to name his best suit outside ♦s - with at least nine points South would jump the bidding in his best suit. Hence South’s 1♠ response was consistent with between zero and eight points. North then made a strongly invitational jump to 3♠ and the spotlight turned to South. With four good-looking points - that’s four more than he promised - and a fifth ♠, it was clear for South to bid game.
West led ♦Q. Declarer won ♦K, cashed ♦A and led ♦4. East discarded, so declarer trumped low and led ♠Q, running it successfully when West played low. A second ♠ went to ♠K and dummy’s ♠A. Declarer trumped ♦9 and played ♥4, taking West’s singleton ♥K with dummy’s ♥A. He scored ♥Q and ♥J and conceded two ♣’s - eleven tricks.
ANDREW’S TIP: Is your hand better than it might be? If the answer is yes and your partner is inviting you to keep bidding, accept his invitation!