3NT continued

April 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm 3 comments

Bd 10
Dlr E
All Vul

NORTH

sJ854
h1J109
d1632
cAQ8

WEST

sAQ3
h1AK84
d1Q87
cJ104

EAST

sK109
h1Q532
d1J109
cK53

SOUTH

s762
h176
d1AK54
c9762

Auction: 1NT 3NT all pass
Opening lead: S4

I’m with the cashing hearts first brigade. Make, sure, as Smilde pointed out first, that you cash them in such an order that South has to make his second pitch before North is able to help. Then diamonds, last clubs. There may be information to make the guess easier – if, that is, the guess has become necessary.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jonathan Mestel  |  April 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Is that a normal S lead, down under? I was brought up on
    “the knave of hearts, he stole some tarts…”

    Reply
  • 2. jill  |  April 17, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    re the auction, read something once by klinger that suggested using stayman followed by a jump to the opposite major, in this case, 1nt –2c–2h–3s — to show 4 card H support with a 3433 shape suggesting the option of 3nt if opener is also flat. (or w/ spade fit , 1nt–2c–2s–3h) .

    does anyone use this or think it is worthwhile?

    Reply
    • 3. Chris Mulley  |  April 21, 2009 at 10:10 am

      I find it more useful for that auction to show a three-suited hand with shortage in the bid major (including 4 cards in the unbid major). It keeps you out of 3NT where that contract is hopeless, but permits you to play it where partner really is loaded in that suit.

      Reply

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