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The “Rule of Six”

When opener repeats his suit, it should contain six cards. There is no need to repeat a five card suit - either the hand will be 5332 (balanced - can open/rebid Notrumps) or it will have a second suit of four cards that can be bid. This principle applies equally to responder and the overcallers.

South Deals
N-S Vul
J 7
7 4
A Q J
K 6 5 4 3 2
8 6
K Q J 9
10 8 6 2
Q 10 8
N
W   E
S
A 9 5
10 8 6 5
9 4 3
A J 9
 
K Q 10 4 3 2
A 3 2
K 7 5
7
West North East South
      1 ♠
Pass 2 ♣ Pass 2 ♠
Pass 3 ♠ Pass 4 ♠
Pass Pass Pass

 

North felt comfortable raising 2 ♠ to 3 ♠ - he knew of the eight-card ♠ fit. South's decision to go on to 4 ♠ was bold but the contract had good chances on  K opening lead. He let  K win - essential - and West switched to ♠ 6 to East's ♠ A and East returned ♠ 5 to declarer's ♠ Q. No longer able to trump his third in dummy, declarer drew the last trump and led ♣ 7 to ♣ K and East's ♣ A. Winning  6 return with  A, he crossed to  J and trumped ♣ 2. He crossed to  Q, trumped ♣ 3 (both opponents following), led  K to dummy's  A and cashed an established ♣ winner discarding  3. Contract made.

THE RULE OF SIX: If you repeat a suit, it should contain six (+) cards.

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