What do you bid?

April 21, 2009 at 10:57 am 4 comments

sAJ87
h1A
d1K9765
cK93

The auction:

1D….2H….3D….3H
?

Sorry, I don’t know exactly how many diamonds 1D showed, though I believe it was a Precision 1D opening of some sort. So, HCP-wise it is a maximum. 2H is weak. What now?

And, while you are pondering that, because we play 4 card standard, majors before minors if 4-4, we get unusual swings. This, well, ‘should’ have been one of them against Cayne on Sunday, but the auction took a non-systemic route:

Board 17
Dealer North
Nil Vul

NORTH
Ollina
s104
h110765
d184
cA10654
WEST
Chua
s9653
h1Q3
d1A95
cJ832
EAST
Hinge
sKQ87
h1AK4
d1KQ106
cQ9
SOUTH
JEC
sAJ2
h1J982
d1J732
cK7

A Precision auction in the other room: strong club, NT rebid, Stayman, saw EW in the normal, but unmakeable 4S contract. In our room we might have had an auction to 3NT, something like:

1S…..2S
3NT….Pass

3NT being strong preference. If partner wanted me to consider whether we should play the 4-4 fit he would make a different rebid. But instead Simon opened with a non-systemic bid, 1D. Much as Seres played 4C majors in a fairly religious way, with the jump NT rebid he would have done the same thing to keep room for auction development.

Playing 4 card majors, when partner opens 1D there is no point whatsoever bidding that spade suit. Anytime partner raises it to the two level you are in the wrong partscore, well, if you are 3 card raisers, that is, and we are. So:

1D…..2D
3NT….Pass

Easy 3NT bid opposite the raise and ten IMPs in.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris Mulley  |  April 22, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Imposing my system on others, I am presuming that the 3D bid is not an “invitational raise” in the strict sense of the word. (Incidentally, Paul and I use 2NT as our “cue raise” in this type of auction, which seems to have worked quite well for us.) It is a hand which is a “solid” raise to 2D in an uncontested auction.

    So, my hand is certainly worth a try for game, but not a force to game. Now, it really does depend on your methods. I know many people play double as penalties after we have bid and raised a suit. Others (like me) play double as some kind of “generic” game try. I think most people play long suit tries in competitive auctions.

    That means that my choices are double and 3S (to help partner evaluate their hand, not as an attempt to find a spade fit). I am going to settle on 3S – I think partner’s spade holding is the thing which is most likely to determine whether we have game or not.

    I am less optimistic than Phil of partner finding 3NT – I think they should have a stopper and a half themselves to bid it on that auction. That is why I think double is a sensible alternative – it will definitely encourage partner to bid 3NT with a stopper and a decent hand in other respects.

    The crux of the problem (in my methods) is that while double maximises our chances of getting to 3NT, it makes it much more difficult to get to 5D sensibly. 3S is the opposite – it maximises the chances of 5D when it is right, but “loses” 3NT on many hands. I think 5D is the more likely make opposite “normal” sorts of hands for the 3D bid, so I choose 3S.

    I agree with Jonathan that if 3D is a limit raise I would like to show a value raise to 5D by bidding 4H.

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  • 2. Jonathan Mestel  |  April 21, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Well judged; and probably well played. 3NT on the H lead
    isn’t easy. Did Simon pick the Ds?

    On the first hand, if I’ve opened a Precision diamond won’t
    partner have 5 of them? xx xx AJxxx Axxx say? I think we’re worth 5D; is there any harm in cueing 4H on the way?
    Kx xxx Axxxx QJx is a dream fit. Put me down for 4H.

    Reply
    • 3. cathychua  |  April 22, 2009 at 8:07 am

      Actually the hand guarding the diamonds pitched one….Of course, he WOULD have played it well if it were necessary to!

      Reply
  • 4. phil markey  |  April 21, 2009 at 11:48 am

    i bid 3 spades and pass 3nt from pard – if pard doesnt bid 3nt then i want to play in 5 diamonds but i will bid 4 hearts over 4 clubs and still think 5 diamonds is the right spot

    how does 3nt make on a heart lead ?

    Reply

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