♣† ♦ ††††††††††††††††††††† Club News Sheet Ė No. 8†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† 17/12/2002††††† ♥† ♠
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♠ KQ10†††††††††† This is a hand from last Friday. You are playing 5 card majors and a
♥ 85†††††††††††††††† 15-17 NT. Partner deals and opens 1♥. What do you bid?
♦ AJ654†††††††††† Perhaps this sort of hand is easier when playing a weak NT; 2♦ is then
♣ 832††††††††††††† Ďobviousí as it promises only 9 pts. Playing a strong NT, things are different. A 2NT bid is 11-12 pts, 1NT is 6-9 and 2♦ is 11+. With a 10
point hand, you must evaluate whether the hand is closer to 11 or 9. So what would you bid? 1NT, 2♦ or 2NT? Answer (and the reasoning behind it) next week. If you really canít wait that long, then ask me. If you have a definite opinion, then let me know and I will include it in next weekís answer, especially if it disagrees with the opinion of Chuck and myself (yes, we totally agreed on this one).
♠ 75†††††††††††††††† Your partner opens 1♦. No problem, you simply bid 1♥ (you would not,
♥ AJ96††††††††††† ††††††††††† of course, even dream of bidding 1NT and suppressing the 4 card ♥ suit).
life is not always that simple, and
♣ 98732††††††††† 1♠. So what do you bid now? You cannot support partnerís ♦ís with a doubleton. 2♥ would show a 5 card suit and 11+ (or 9+ if you play a weak
NT) points. The ♣ suit is too anaemic to bid and you are not strong enough to make a forcing bid at the two level. So 1NT? Does not seem right with a small doubleton in opponents suit and with an undisclosed ♥ suit. So that just leaves pass? Now it really would be sad to sell out to 1♠ when you know that your side has at least 19 points (but I saw this happen with a similar hand last week). There is no sensible solution unless you play negative (Sputnik) doubles. More next week.