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Effect of partner's BIT

How are you influenced by your partner’s break in tempo?

You are playing 12-14 1NT openings.  Your agreements are to open 1NT on in-range 5-3-3-2 hands with a five card major.  Accordingly, if partner opens 1 of a suit, you know that he either has some distribution or 15+ HCP.

Partner opens 1.  Holding KT854, 98, A42, K73, you respond 1.

Partner now hesitates for 30-45 seconds before raising to 2.

(Yes, I know that partner should have planned his rebids: but that horse has left the barn.)

I do think you have some UI.  Partner cannot hold a minimum with 4-5 distribution in the major suits.  He might have been considering raising to 3 with a non-minimum with 4-5 distribution: that might have caused him to break tempo, but probably not so long as 30-45 seconds.  More likely to cause a long BIT, you think, is partner having raised with only three spades.  With five hearts and only three spades, partner must have shortness somewhere, given the totality of your partnership agreements.

Do you think an ethical player should go through the thinking process of the paragraph above in order to avoid taking advantage of the hesitation?  If “yes”, how will that influence your choice of calls on the shown hand?  Which logical alternative calls do you believe could NOT be demonstrably suggested by the hesitation?










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