An unusual bidding situation

June 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm 4 comments

In our Cayne match on Sunday, there were a few interesting hands. This one left me wondering what was the right thing to do:

Board 21
Dealer North
NS Vul

Sitting East you pick up:

s86
h1Q52
d1743
cK9873

West…….North……..East…….South
…………..1S…………Pass…….3S
4S………..Pass………?

I chose 5C at this point. I guess 4NT is the other option but it gives away that cheap double. If partner does happen to have clubs, then expressing an opinion for them could be handy, yes?

At any rate, whether you chose 4NT or 5C (I don’t think 5D is seriously in the frame in case partner doesn’t have them) next hand doubles, partner bids 5D and next hand doubles.

Do you pass or correct and why?

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jonathan  |  June 15, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I shall pass. Partner could have bid 4H and later 5D, so if anything
    his diamonds are longer.

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  • 2. Ben Thompson  |  June 15, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I convert to 5H.

    Two main reasons:
    (1) Partner has emphasized hearts over diamonds – he could have bid 4NT instead of 4S, and then converted 5C to 5D to emphasize diamonds
    (2) I have an honour in hearts so we’re just inherently less likely to go for a bazillion in hearts.

    And one little reason:
    (3) I can easily have good length in hearts when I convert, whereas I clearly have a strong preference for clubs over diamonds. Sometimes they pass you out in 5H undoubled, and sometimes they (wrongly) bid 5S. Let’s give them another chance to make a mistake.

    By the way, partner didn’t have to force us to the 5 level. I guess his judgment is that he was always going to compete over 4S, therefore his best plan was to do it faster and more descriptively.

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  • 3. Chris Mulley  |  June 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    I don’t believe partner can redouble to express equal length / strength in the red suits on this auction, because he might have a hand that thinks 5C is making and has sufficient defence to be happy to be cubing up 5S. Thus, partner has not expressed a clear preference for diamonds with the 5D bid. Maybe this isn’t the best treatment, but without discussion it’s what I would play.

    In that context, I would correct to hearts, because it makes it much less likely that the opponents can tap a couple of times and then draw trumps, which seems like the most likely path to -1400. I don’t expect it to be pretty; if someone offered me -800 now, I’d take it.

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    • 4. Ben Thompson  |  June 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm

      Timely comment about redouble! I caught one board of the last set of the USA2 playoff this morning, and saw EW have exactly this accident, playing 5CXX going for 1600 when the XX was meant for the reds.

      Reply

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