What should I bid? (September 2019)


What should I bid? (September 2019)

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

Dealer W
NS vul



West North East South
2 Pass 2 Pass
2NT Pass 3 Pass
3 Pass 3NT Pass
4 Pass ?  

The 2NT bid showed 23-24 balanced or semi balanced.
The 2 bid was compulsory.

How do you now rate the relative merits of Pass, 5 and 4NT?

Hi Brian,

I would pass, but given my T9 and the J with my ace (rather than a side Jx or Jxx), I don’t mind cuebidding 5. In these type of auctions (2NT-transfer followed by 3NT), when opener is correcting to 4M, if he has a maximum with 3-card support (i.e. he has a source of tricks on the side) he is “supposed” to make a cue of 4/4 along the way just in case responder has a borderline hand and wanted to look for a slam with a fit, or play in 3NT without. Also note that partner didn’t make a 4-card super accept over our 3.

You also have to take note that sometimes partner can upgrade a 22 point hand, and so this favours pass rather than bidding on.

Partner might have something like
in which case slam is very good

Or partner might have something like

where slam is on a finesse.

But partner is supposed to have cuebid with the first hand with the source of tricks.

As I mentioned before, partner may also have upgraded a 22-point hand, so playing in a 5 contract may sometimes even be a bit dangerous. But our T9 and our J makes it a bit safe to cuebid 5 as well (if partner didn’t really know about cuebidding over 3NT instead of bidding 4.

Hope that helps,

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