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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, March 27th, 2020


A V Ramana RaoApril 10th, 2020 at 10:58 am

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
Is south justified in bidding four hearts over north’s three NT? North naturally knew South’s point range and his bidding three NT perhaps denied six carded heart suit ( which indeed is) South of course can make 3 NT on imaginative play on a spade lead ( on any other lead, the contract is a sitter)
Grateful if you can comment

bobbywolffApril 10th, 2020 at 4:23 pm


Whether South would convert North’s 3NT bid to 4 hearts or not is open to discussion, with, IMO slightly more than 50% converting to 4 hearts (primarily because of North perhaps holding 2 little spades or more likely the strength of his own hearts and/or that combination.

However, the other side of the argument is that South is perfectly balanced, a compelling reason for picking your choice of passing 3NT.

At least to me, it is as close a decision as noted and I might make different choices with different partners. On this specific hand and depending on whether they were playing IMPs or matchpoints (I would be more likely, because of greed, to pass at matchpoints) it is almost impossible, because of the intangibles about opening leads, position of key cards, and appropriate timing to render a firm opinion as to which is best.

Thanks as always, to discuss a subject to which all curious and concerned bridge players should be interested.