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1 or 2, Another Scenario

There was a recent discussion in re the merits of responding 1 or 2 to a 1 opener with game going values and 4-4 in the black suits. But there is another scenario I come up against on a regular basis. Responding to a 1 opening. 

 

Let me give a typical example. I am playing with my wife online against a couple of friends. They are above average club players. Cross-imps.

The opponent's auction.

North
A874
10
AQ
AQ10975
South
KJ
Q93
KJ1086
KJ8
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

 

The opening lead is a small heart to the K. Heart back, declarer puts in the 9 forcing the Ace. Declarer takes the rest.

As soon as the hand in over North says "We can make 6. I don't know how to bid this hand." They discuss the bidding for a couple minutes.

Finally I say "North should bid 2."

Almost simultaneously both opponents say, "No that would be NMF."

I say "No, 1-2"

"Oh, I never thought of that," Pause. "Wouldn't that deny a 4-card major?"

That was the end of the discussion as we moved on to the next hand.

This was not an isolated incident. I frequently see similar auctions. Apparently there is a widespread view that you must always bid the four-card major regardless what the rest of the hand is.

 

Comments appreciated.

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