Bridge I.Q. Lesson

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 9:00pm
Lesson Type: Declarer play

 

Dlr: South
Vul: NS
 
 
  J973
  AQJ
  J3
  KQ42
 
 
 
 
  K85
  6
  98752 
  J865
  Q10642
  98743
  Q6   
10
 
 
 
 
  A
  K1052
  AK104   
  A973
 
 
 
 

 

 South  West  North  East
 1 Diamond  Pass  1 Spade  Pass
 2 No Trump  Pass  4 No Trump  Pass
 Pass  Pass    
Opening Lead  Club 5

 

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Question:  I held:

                       KQ87

                       A8

                       AK86

                       973

              My partner opened 1 no trump. I responded 2 clubs and he bid 2 spades. I bid 4 no trump to ask for keycards. He passed, claiming my bid was quantitative. Who was right?

Answer: Your partner is correct. Stayman folllowed by 4 no trump is quantitative. Your correct bid after partner's 2 spade bid is 3 hearts. Bidding 3 of the other major in this situation shows slam interest and a fit for the major partner bid. You do not want to go on to slam unless partner makes a control showing bid of 4 clubs over this. You could lose the first 2 club tricks even if you are missing only 1 key card.

 

                      

 

                                    

 

                   

                             

                 

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               You have:

                   KQJ10975

                   A87

                   92

                   A

             Your partner opens 1 no trump. How do you describe this hand?

          Answer: You certainly have slam interest, but you need to know if partner has a diamond control. To find out bid 4 hearts, a Texas transfer, and after partner bids 4 spades, you bid 5 clubs. That is a control showing bid. If partner bids 5 diamonds, you can bid the slam. Otherwise, be careful. 

 

 

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