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How should we bid in 1 Spade-2 Hearts-2NT Pass Situation?

Yesterday, it came a very ordinary hand in this situation, and I had to recognize, that the normally solid and conservative field of the Hungarian 1st class MP championship was not   handle it:

West
6
AQ9432
AQ64
A10
North
K73
KJ5
K102
9542
East
J104
76
J985
8763
South
AQ9852
108
73
KQJ
W
N
E
S
1
2
2NT
P
?
D

1st of all, I find West's hand too strong for 2 overcall, but this is not the topic of this article.

16 pairs played this hand, and 13 of that,managed to bid game contract in this hand, which showed the fact, that they had no idea how to handle this situation. (they won, unfortunately)

I personally don't mind the idea of bidding natural 2NT with North hand, it can be very good in MP tournament.

Our system asks cuebid, when partner opens 1 Major, and a suit overcall is coming, and we have fit and at least game invitational hand, so this is also a reasonable bid.

Let's check 1st the cue-bid way: what should we do with South hand if partner promises at least game invitational hand.

It is a good idea to ask the bridgewinners field. I personally would bid 3 in MP and 4 in IMP tournament to 1-2-3-P.

It would be nice to give a re-invitational bid, but unfortunately we don't have any bid between the 2 choices.

In MP tournament, we shouldn't push the light game contracts, because in long term, we lose more, when we fail, than we win, when we make the contract. (mathematical negative expected value, a topic of another article of mine and others)

Now, (in a short way) I arrived to the system:

1-2-2NT-P

?

My suggestion is the following:

3: weak unbalanced 2suiter, asks pass/correction to 3

3: weak unbalanced 2suiter, asks pass/correction to 3

3: strong 6+spades, asks for selection between 3NT and 4. Later we can bid slam try bids this way.

3: weak unbalanced 6+ spades, asks for pass.

3NT: yohooo (nat)

4: strong 2suiter, natural

4: strong 2suiter, natural

4: very strong 1suiter, splinter, 4 losers, asks partner to go to slam in case of having either Ace of hearts and 2+ covers or weak  stopper like J10xx and 3 covers.

4: asks pass

4NT: very strong semi-unbalanced had (cca 21 points), quantitative. 

If we would like to ask RKC in , we must bid 3 1st.

 

In our table it was quite interesting end: I said 3, partner raised it to 4.

West leaded the Ace of hearts, East put the 7 (standard carding) and West continued heart with the two of hearts, asking club.

Now, we have 2 ways to do it: We can play heart finesse and if it works, we can discard one of our bad diamonds, or we can put the King, hoping, that East has doubleton Queen of hearts, and if it is not so, later we can cash trumps and we can play diamond to the King, hoping, that West leaded the Ace of hearts because he had all 3 Aces.

I selected the 2nd way, but both were working. Good result, still....

 

 

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