What should I bid? (March 2019)

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What should I bid? (March 2019)

The best submission for March came from Dennis Yovich. He wins a voucher of $30 funded by TBIB, toward any purchase made at the Bridge Shop or Paul Lavings Bridgegear.

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

After 2 passes, W opened 3! I thought for a while and bid 4 (Double is also a reasonable option, but if there is more bidding, I will bid 5). E now bid 4. Two passes , and I bid 5. E now bid 5, passed around to you. What next?

West North East South
    Pass Pass
3 4 4 Pass
Pass 5 5 Pass
Pass    

We were playing 2/1 and opponents Standard.

Your comments please?

 

Hi Dennis,

I think your 4 overcall was the right action – I don’t think double is good, especially with such an extreme 7-5 distribution, best to “bid where you live” before partner starts to over-evaluate his clubs.

Anyway, as the auction progressed, I think South should at least bid something over 5. Maybe 5NT as pick a slam, or maybe 6 – South has a fantastic support in BOTH red suits, as well as first round control in spades. These type of auctions, it’s a bit unclear of who can make what, but with a double fit, South’s hand should be very excited with his red suit holdings when North has shown long hearts and diamonds.

Hope that helps,
Andy

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