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Why my 4th seat NT is still strong.

South
1082
QJ4
K642
Q75
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1NT
P
?

How do you play this 1NT by patner, and if it is strong, do you invite?

I play it as strong 15-18, just like a direct overcall for the following reasons:

  • modern players open light and respond light, so there is no reason we can't have a game after an auction like this one.
  • By bidding 1NT, we get our strength across, and right-side the contract.
  • Otherwise what is a balanced strong hand to do?  Dbl, then bid 2N?  If partner has a 0-count, we are going for a number.  By bidding 1N, if they double, hopefully we have a runout system in place to find a fit at the 2-level.  Also, if partner has an 8-count as here, do they pass or bid game after Dbl/2N?  Here they have the option to just invite.
  • The 'sandwich' hand-type with the other two suits, still has Double, when you have some high-cards, but not as much shape, and a jump to 2N, when you have more shape.

So - I think even though you have a flat '8-count', it is correct to invite here, as with a non-silent auction, partner will have some ideas where the cards are and be better placed to make his contract.


West
J76543
965
J9
84
North
AQ
AK2
A753
J1062
East
K9
10873
Q108
AK93
South
1082
QJ4
K642
Q75
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1
1N
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3N
P
P
P
D
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0

Careful declarer play sees North home by endplaying the opening bidder marked with all the high-cards.

This was board 10 of the first semi-final of the LMs, and judging from the recap, many sides missed game, scoring an inferior 110 in 3D when the opponents missed the club ruff, or even down 1 when they found it.  +600 scored 61/77.

As a side note, what would you bid with the N hand after 1-P-P-?

I would upgrade and bid a balancing 2N - showing 19-21 - rather than doubling and bidding 2N.  Incidentally, you should play your 2N system on after 1x-P-P-2N-P-?

 

 

 

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