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The Aces on Bridge: Thursday, May 20th, 2021


2 Comments

Iain ClimieJune 3rd, 2021 at 1:20 pm

Hi Bobby,

Not sure about BWTA here; surely 3N is worth a punt with the likely 5 tricks in hearts. Give partner real dregs (e.g. 10xx, xx, K10x Kxxxx and it is on the spade finesse if he gets a minor suit lead.

regards,

Iain

bobbywolffJune 3rd, 2021 at 2:31 pm

Hi Iain,

Yes, and no doubt, expert bridge minds would differ in the choice of rebid with today’s BWTA.

Compounded with today’s inclination of many, almost guaranteeing 5 spades held, when responding 1 spade to a 1 heart opening before substituting instead, a forcing 1NT.

Reason being twofold, 1. Many partnerships playing Flannery (2D opening 5 hearts, 4 spades 12-16)) and 2. Becoming tougher opponents to play against by often responding 1NT to 1H while holding 4 spades, but a balanced hand and up to 12 hcps for a 1 round force).

Methinks, because of the good hand with almost all strength in two suits, a high-level partnership might just eschew giving away the distribution to the opponents and instead, for clarity (and the above) merely rebid 2 spades, allowing partner to not be fooled and even to consider driving to slam (or merely only inviting) while holding: s. Kxxx, h. xx, d. Axxx, c. KJx. or even s. 10xxx, h. xx, d. A(x)xx, c. A(x)x, plus either one of the minor suit kings, with of course, clubs being much more useful, instead of settling for only 3NT.

To me, it is clearly, from a bidding standpoint, a clear two spade response except for the tactical advantage of sometimes persuading the unknowing opponents to choose a spade lead vs. 3NT.

And finally yes, if raising NT is my choice, I agree I would bid game immediately/