What should I bid? (January 2018)

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What should I bid? (January 2018)

The best submission for January came from Deana Wilson . She wins a voucher of $30 funded by TBIB, toward any purchase made at the Bridge Shop or Paul Lavings Bridge Books.

South Dealer, nil VUL

Bd 11
Nil Vul
S Dealer

A J 6 4 3
J 3
A Q 10 9 4 2
 
A Q 10 8 7 4
K 7
K 10 7 6 2

[ 11 ] K J 9 6
8 5 2
Q 9 8 5 4
K
  5 3 2
Q 10 9
A
J 8 7 6 5 3
 

West North East South
      Pass
1 2 3 5
5 Pass Pass 6
Pass Pass X All Pass

(1) Should West bid 5 over 5?

(2) Should East double 6?

Hi Deana,

There are some interesting points on this hand.

– I prefer making a Michaels Cuebid with the North’s hand; especially when the opponents have opened 1 and holding a void, I expect the auction to get quite competitive and thus I would want to show the 5-5+ nature of my hand straight away.

– Over South’s 5, perhaps West can help the high level auction by bidding 5, but otherwise the highly distributional nature of the hand definitely warrants a 5 bid.

– South did very well to bid 6.

– East definitely should not double 6 – as West couldn’t double 6, that makes East’s hand less attractive to double as he doesn’t have any defensive tricks. It will likely also tell the position of the CK if NS have an 11-card fit and clubs are 1-1.

Kind regards,
Andy

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