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The first book on duplicate bridge tat i read was by Edgar Kaplan.

As I recall, he made the point that 2-over-1 suffered from the problem that both players found it hard to show extras when a GF auction had been established.

Of course non-serious 3NT helps you out sometimes. But today in the common game we ran into this deal.

KQ762

Q10

AQ107

107

 

AJ8

A4

K982

AJ85

 

Our auction was:

1-2

2-2

2NT-3

3-3

3-4

4-Pass

 

2 suggested three -- 3 would have been natural and slammish

2NT suggested 12-14 or 18-19 with a heart stopper (5422 or 5431 with a singleton club honor)

The next three calls were cuebids and over that 3NT would have been non-serious

so 4 denied AK but suggested real extras

Dealer thought his side was off both a heart and club card for sure.

Right: up to a point. But 6 is excellent and might even make against 4-1 diamonds.

cui culpa?

But more to the point how should the auction go given the above constraints?

Or are there calls/conventions that should have been made, or inferences missed?

Barry

 

 

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