What should I bid? (September 2022)


What should I bid? (September 2022)

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

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

West North East South
  1 Pass 1
Pass 1NT Pass 4NT

Hi Andy,
I asked this hand around and it seems like I am getting different answers so I am wondering what you think. My thought was over 1NT I can bid 4NT, a quantitative bid, asking partner to pass with a minimum, and move on with a maximum. Would appreciate your thoughts.

Much appreciated.

Hi Sue,
Whilst the 4NT bid is a quantitative bid, I think the hand is slightly too weak for it as you probably need one point more, or perhaps a more internally solid club suit. Sometimes opener is allowed to accept the invite with a good 13, so on this hand for instance, with a good 13 count along with a great 5-card diamond suit (the jack is pulling a lot of weight), I would happily accept the invite with opener’s hand.

In any case, one other thing I wanted to point out is that when as the responder you have enough points for a game (at least), it is generally best to start the auction with your longest suit. Thus, over the 1 opening bid I would prefer to respond 2, planning to rebid 2 to show my 5-4 distribution. Majors-first is an important concept sure, but when you have a strong hand, there’s less likelihood of dealing against enemy preemption so it’s best to describe your hand as accurately as possible. That way, sometimes you will find a 6 slam which can well be better than 6NT (and sometimes 6 can make whilst 6NT fails!). For example, give opener Ax Axxx Kxxx Kxx where it is maximum of 14 HCP, opposite the actual South’s hand, 6 is a decent contract assuming a 3-2 break where you cash AK (don’t need the finesse) and ruff a spade, but a 6NT contract requires the club finesse to succeed.

Hope that helps,

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