What should I bid? (July 2020)

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What should I bid? (July 2020)

The best submission for July came from Jane Glass. She wins a voucher of $30 funded by TBIB, toward any purchase made at the Bridge Shop or Paul Lavings Bridgegear.

My partner Libby and I have just started playing 2/1. The following hand challenged us the other day on Step Bridge. We’ve seen a few auctions on how other people had bid it, but we were curious about what your suggestions might be on this hand.

Bd 9
EW Vul
N Dealer
A K 6 2
A J 10 7 4
9
K 6 5
 
Q 8 4
K 9 6 3
A Q 8 6
10 8
[ 9 ] J 9 5 3
8 5 2
K J 7 2
Q 9
  10 7
Q
10 5 4 3
A J 7 4 3 2
 

Regards Jane Glass

Hi Jane,

This hand is certainly challenging, and I probably wouldn’t have fared so well!

Assuming E/W are silent, North would open 1 and South would now respond with 1NT. Over this,though North has extra values with 15 HCP, there’s no convenient suit to rebid (2 would be a reverse, but partner’s denied spades anyway), so I think I would pass and hope for the best! It’s not ideal, but it feels like any other action may lead us to a negative score. It’s true that responder may have 9 HCP, but even so game might not be that good anyway, so it’s preferable to stay low.

If you were playing in a 2/1 framework where 1NT is forcing, then North will have to rebid 2 (can be a 3-card suit). Over this, South would be more than delighted to raise to 3, and now North is at a cross road as to whether to stay low and pass, or take a chance at 3NT by bidding 3 to show values in spades but not in diamonds. With only a 3-card club suit, perhaps it might be best to stay low especially if you are playing matchpoints whereby securing a plus score is a good tactic.

Although it’s true that both 3NT and 5 are makeable contracts, it would be a different story if a) diamonds were 5-3, or b) some of South’s points were in diamonds instead!

Hope that helps,
Andy

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