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When Is It Good To Raise Partner's 1 Major Response With A 3 Cards Support?

It comes much more times, that we raise partner's 1 major response in an MP tournament. 

The 1st reason is, that we should be exact to guess well, which response causes more profit and loss, and in MP tourney every 10 point counts.

the 2nd reason is, that in IMP tourney we have more place to guess wrong, following the system, because in most of the hands the result of both bids will be close to each other. 

Anyway, I played this hand with Laszlo Honti, my regular partner in a BBO MP tournament. 

North
Q105
K1085
A7654
A
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
?

I opened the hand in the 1st position with 1, LHO passed, Honti responded 1, RHO passed.

Now it is time to think.

1NT is not good because of the singleton Ace of Clubs.

2 is the worse solution, choicing a bad minor sout with this terrible quality in diamond suit.

We are far too weak for 2 bid as a reverse rebid.

By the way, 2 seems to be a perfect bid. We have a shortness outside, we have good, but not too good quality in spade suit, if we have to ruff clubs, it is the perfect quality.

And we don't have better choice.

Honti made a 2NT passable game try bid. What now?

We are too weak in club suit to pass, and too weak to play game, so I selected 3 as a final contract.

West
K8763
Q43
Q
J1098
North
Q105
K1085
A7654
A
East
A
J76
J1098
Q6542
South
J942
A92
K32
K73
D

West selected the Jack of clubs opening lead. 

Honti made a very nice tempo play to make this contract:

He won the lead with the Ace, and he played a small diamond to the King, and he continued a small diamond from his hand in trick 3.

West had a trouble. If he ruffs, the Ace of diamond doesn't come to the trick and he loses a trump. 

If he doesn't ruff, the contract is practically made. Honti wins his Ace of diamons, now he cashes the Ace and King af hearts, finishing in his hand, and he plays the King of clubs as his 6th trick, a club ruff ruff in the dumy as the 7th trick and he still has 2 original trump tricks.

Anyway, West ruffed the 2nd round of diamond with a small trump and played another club.

Honti ruffed it with a small trump, keeping his King of clubs in his hand.

The 9 cards end play looked like this:

West
K876
Q43
109
North
Q10
K1085
A76
East
A
J76
J10
Q65
South
J942
A92
2
K
D

Now Honti Played the Queen of spades, and East had to win it with his singleton Ace. 

He didn't really have a good card. if he plays heart, declarer can pick up the heart suit, losing 2 spade tricks and a diamond ruff only, making 10 tricks. Club can be good, but Honti wins it in his hand, and plays a diamond, and East has to ruff it anyway, otherwise Honti has the same 9 tricks as above.

At the table, East played another dimond, West ruffed it, cashed the King of spades, and turned to club, when there were no more trumps on the dummy, which is the best defense anyway, but Honti had the King of clubs in his hand, he cashed the last trump outside, and made the contract, losing 2 spade tricks and 2 ruffs only, his losing heart in his hand was covered by the Ace of diamonds.

The score was around 80 %, and so our result in the tourney was, we made 79,4 % in 20 hands. 

It was a good feeling:)

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