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4M vs 3N after no XYZ
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East's decision bidding poll: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-o89f4mt0fn/

West's decision bididng poll: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-bh7rwh9ytn/

 

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West
J65
AKQ832
92
94
East
KQ103
5
AJ654
A73
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
1
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

3 promised a 'pure' hand including a suit with no more than one loser. If the suit has a loser the hand will have an outside entry

Invitational hands with more scattered values and a six card suit will rebid 3 after going through a 2 XYZ relay

Responder's 2 rebid after XYZ can also include six card suits on the lower range of "invitationality"

Points of Inquiry:

Q1 Should West bid 4

1A1 East may not have a second heart and you have no outside entry

1A2 East's call is not definitive

Q2 Does the form of scoring, imps vs. mps, matter

Q3 Should East bid 4

3A1 East's hand is also pure with good controls & top honors

3A2 West may have no club help and as the unbid suit you are likely to get a club lead

3A3 If West had opened with a weak 2 and you learned he held the AKQxxx when he bid 3N over your 2N wouldn't you contract for the heart game knowing that partner has 7 losers outside the trump suit.

Q4 Do you have a systemic way to distinguish AQJxxx xx Kxx xx from AKQxxx xx xxx xx as responder?

 

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Clubs were led, they were not 4-4, and the hand with 5 clubs held the

Result: Down 1

 

[code] 490 4.70

460  4.00

450  3.97

430  3.11

420  3.11

200 -1.92

-50 -7.27[/code]

 

Even though an ACBL Speedball 12bd imp game has wide variance, the 11 imp differential between a making game and going down calls for an understanding that helps us get it right next time.

 

Assuming you don't find the result a 'rub of the green' who bears the most responsibility for the fail in 3N rather than the rather easy 450 in 4?  Other points of inquiry welcome of course, and responses that reference the numbered questions and responses

 

e.g.  3A1  agree that 4 is best with good controls.  3N better if the hand is quacky     ARE SUPER WELCOME

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