From the Interstate

July 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm 5 comments

Sitting East you pick up:


Your side is not vul vs vul and the auction begins:


What do you bid now? And what are you doing over 4S, since it will come down to that. Suppose, for example, South jumps to 4S over whatever you do next and that’s passed around to you.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. MrBB  |  July 23, 2009 at 1:48 am

    5c- seems trivial

  • 2. Nigel Kearney  |  July 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm


    Would not have bid 1H. Prefer either 4C or 5C immediately depending on what 1C shows and partnership style, for the reasons Chris gave.

    If they do outbid us in spades, I really really hope I am on lead, not partner.

  • 3. Chris Mulley  |  July 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I would want to know what the double of 1H was. If it was “penalty of hearts” (as it should be to prevent psyches), I will now bid 5C. If double was some form of responsive double where 2C by South would be bid with a game forcing hand with spades (possibly with diamonds as well), I can’t fathom that South would venture 4S over 4C, so I would bid 4C.

    Given the disclosure of the subsequent course of the auction, it sounds as though in their methods South’s double shows spades and diamonds and is unlimited, so I would now bid 5C.

    Incidentally, I think if 1C is 4+, this looks like a hand with which I would bid 5C over North’s initial double to make them guess early. At this vulnerability I could be convinced to do it playing 3+ clubs as well if I had teammates who are sympathetic to the odd -500 in a part-score hand when South has a NT shape with 3 clubs. Has introducing four hearts to the six done anything for us? It only helps when partner has a good hand with 4 great hearts. Otherwise, it just lets them find their fit(s) before putting them to the decision that you always want to put them to when partner has clubs.

  • 4. phil markey  |  July 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    i bid 5 clubs – i really want to play 5 clubs doubled or otherwise and this is probably my best shot of doing that – i will sell to anything they want to play higher than that

  • 5. Z  |  July 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Can’t imagine bidding anything except 5C over 2C.


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