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Last Night at the club, holding:

South
965
876432
A8
93
W
N
E
S
1
P
?

 

You have a difficult decision to make. Partnership agreement is 4-card majors and a weak NT (12-15, possible singleton); however, falling in with partner, the agreement is always to bid 4-card suits up the line and 5-card suits down the line.

Pass - just give up.

2 - shows a weak raise to 2

1NT - is conventional and can show (amongst others) a good raise to 2, or even a weak hand with 6 hearts

Your choice?

South
965
876432
A8
93
W
N
E
S
1
P
?

Partner either has a strong hand (4=3=3=3) or has at least 5 spades. The danger with passing is that opponents will compete in a minor and know a lot about placing the cards. 

Partner won't get excited about the 2 raise as he knows it can be done on a 3-card suit and fewer than 6 points. (We do alert it)

The hand isn't worth using 1NT to show a good spade raise, and a (probable) 5-3 fit is adequate at the 2-level. If opponents compete then so be it.

You decide to bid 2

South
965
876432
A8
93
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
4
P
?

The 4 call is undiscussed, but clearly partner is making a slam try opposite what could be garbage. Clearly you have garbage, but you have garbage in the right places. (An Ace and two ruffing values)

There seem to be two choices.

1) Co-operate and bid 4

2) Bid 4

Your choice?

South
965
876432
A8
93
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
4
P
?

Clearly your hand is much better (how often do you say that with 4 points?) than it might have been and, assuming partner knows what (s)he is doing, 4 seems to be the obvious response.

You bid 4

West
1042
QJ5
J953
J65
North
AKJ87
KQ72
AKQ4
East
Q3
AK109
1064
10872
South
965
876432
A8
93
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
4
P
4
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

Double dummy, the contract is cold for 7 (ruff heart, ruff 3rd club, ruff 3rd diamond, ruff second heart and cash AK of Spades.)

An amusing hand, reminiscent of the "How much worse could my hand be?" argument from "Why you lose at Bridge". As intermediate players, we don't have a conventional bid to show powerful 3-suited hands, so were lucky.

But we intend to claim a world record as : weakest hand to cue-bid an Ace.

Unless, of course, you know different.

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