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Common Game 2014-02-06 Board 18
West
J105
AKQJ
AKJ1063
North
98632
9432
10962
East
AK4
10
97542
AQ73
South
Q7
8765
Q8
KJ854
D
18
West
North
East
South
1
P
4NT
P
5
P
5NT
P
6
P
7NT
P
P
P

Analysis by Stephen Cooper

I am not saying that I approve of this auction, but you might see some tables bid it this way. The main problem is that we do not need the A to make 7. Moreover, we do need a spade control from partner, as he could hold something unsavory like Qxxx xx Qxxx AKQ. A nice 13 HCP, but there is no slam.

So what is the correct approach? This depends on system, to some extent. If you play traditional strong jump shift responses, you can start with 2 and then support diamonds, allowing a cue-bidding auction to pinpoint the controls.

If you do not play that, but play some kind of forcing raise in diamonds, you might start with that. Possibly, that bid is 2, an inverted raise, forcing for one round.

Failing all that, you might respond 1, and then try to catch up later with the key features: Slam interest, big diamond support.

Here, it might go 1-1-2. West must now establish a Game Force by bidding 2, which is 4th suit forcing. East will bid 2NT, and now West can bid 3, forcing. Over that, East can cue-bid 3, covering the worry for slam purposes. I am not saying that I approve of this auction, but you might see some tables bid it this way. The main problem is that we do not need the A to make 7. Moreover, we do need a spade control from partner, as he could hold something unsavory like Qxxx xx Qxxx AKQ. A nice 13 HCP, but there is no slam.

So what is the correct approach? This depends on system, to some extent. If you play traditional strong jump shift responses, you can start with 2 and then support diamonds, allowing a cue-bidding auction to pinpoint the controls.

If you do not play that, but play some kind of forcing raise in diamonds, you might start with that. Possibly, that bid is 2, an inverted raise, forcing for one round.

Failing all that, you might respond 1, and then try to catch up later with the key features: Slam interest, big diamond support.

Here, it might go 1-1-2. West must now establish a Game Force by bidding 2, which is 4th suit forcing. East will bid 2NT, and now West can bid 3, forcing. Over that, East can cue-bid 3, covering the worry for slam purposes.

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