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In a swiss quailifier to a knockout, with a non-regular partner, you're playing a fairly generic 2/1 card. You and partner hold:

West
A98653
Q74
A
AK10
East
KJ
AKJ2
KJ
J9873
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
4
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

 

I'm not sure how to do this, but I'm going to give you our thoughts on these bids. What I'm after is a critique of our thinking, much more than whom to blame. Thanks.

1NT: Yes, East can open 1. But East felt that, given the bad club suit, which partner will sometimes preference us to, the hand was a tad light to reverse if West responds 1, and has KJ and Kx in his two short suits, both of which suggest this hand be declarer.

4 (xfer): West has two realistic choices. He can Texas or Jacoby this hand. If he Jacobys, realistically the best rebid is a splinter into 4 (no fancy agreements in a non-regular partnership, so I guess he can fake a club suit instead, but you're going to be dancing). Splintering into the ace seemed wrong, so he chose Texas.

4NT: A clear blackwood abuse with two quick heart losers, and West knows it. Unfortunately, cuebidding loses the ability to find out about the trump situation, which is crucial with the moth eaten spade suit. 

On the actual hand, we lost 14 IMPs when South held QTxx of spades, and, without any adverse bidding to give a clue and a small diamond lead, East chose to play a spade to the J and Q at trick two. The Qxx of clubs is in the slot, so 6NT makes.

The problem I'm posting about is that West never really gave the partnership a chance to find 6NT. Should he? If so, how? At what point should he be thinking, "I suspect 6NT might make on any hand where 6 makes, and might make on some hands where 6 goes down?" Or should East, as he did at the other table, choose 1 as the opening bid? Or is all of that making the game more complex than it should be? You play with non-practiced partnerships and sometimes you pay off to unusual adverse distributions. (It make any time the spades are 3-2, or if North has Qxxx, making this a very odds on slam.)

Thank you.

100% West
75% West
50-50
75% East
100% East
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