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Breaking The Rules #2
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Here are two bidding problems from yesterday's kickoff charity pairs at the Wilmington Regional.  Matchpoints.

West
K87
K76
A43
KJ63
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4NT
P
5
P
6
P
?

Your call?

 

 

Well, the rule is, when partner asks for keycards, she is captain and will place the final contract.  Usually.  I passed, and 6 hearts went down on a 4-1 split for a tie for bottom.  If I had thought this through, I might have realized (1) I have no ruffing value (2) I have a second stopper in the unbid suit (given partner's spade cue bid) (3) Partner has a second suit that may provide a source of tricks.  6NT would have been the winning bid.  Here's the full board:

West
K87
K76
A43
KJ63
North
Q532
Q
1072
109874
East
A
AJ932
KQJ95
Q2
South
J10964
10854
86
A5
D

OK, try this one:

East
KQ
95
K6
AKQJ1032
W
N
E
S
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4NT
P
5
P
5NT
P
6
P
6NT
P
?

Your call?

Partner's 5NT guarantees all 5 keycards, so she has three Aces.  I can count 13 tricks:  3 spades (as long as partner has 3 or more), 1 heart, 2 diamonds, 7 clubs.  So I bid 7NT.  +2220 was a nice top.

West
A102
A10764
A43
95
East
KQ
95
K6
AKQJ1032

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