What should I bid? (June 2022)


What should I bid? (June 2022)

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

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

West North East South
1 Pass 1 Pass
3 Pass 4 Pass

Sitting East, should I have bid 3 rather than 4? Our system is standard. We missed the heart slam. Can you please suggest how the bidding should have gone?
Thanks, Marg Sylow.

Hi Marg,

I think treating the East hand as a delayed game raise is perfectly fine when you have four-card support, and a respectable spades as a side suit. Some might think it’s a little aggressive, but it can easily make game opposite AKxxx and Ax where with that type of hand, opener may pass 3. (As a side note, some people play 1-2NT as the Jacoby 2NT, a 4-card game-forcing raise, where it would also be fine to do it with this hand, or perhaps a 1-4 splinter in clubs showing 10-12 HCP, 4 card support, and 0-1.)
After West jump-shifted to 3, you completed your sequence to jump to game, but West should have realised that you had shown a good raise and went on further by asking aces/key cards.

Hope that helps,

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