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Default/catch-all bids in constructive sequences

Hi All,

I was reading an old Bridge World MSC poll, and saw something like the following

North
AJ9xx
9x
AKxx
Jx
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
?

What would you bid?  Two Bridge Winners luminaries (arguably the two biggest luminaries) chose 2 and 3 - the latter which would have been my choice as well.

Though there are other considerations (e.g. is 2 necessarily a real suit, would 3 show 5=1=4=3) in many respects, it's a systemic principle question - when no action is clear, what do you default to?  Preference, the cheapest plausible bid, the cheapest of partner's suits, NT, something else?

We're all familiar with the need to agree (if playing a Strong NT) what to do after 1M 2m if holding a WK NT type, perhaps with an unstopped suit.  But what

  1. General rules, or
  2. Specific situational agreements

 

if any, do people have to cover the many situations where this consideration can arise?

Ian C

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