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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, 16 September, 2023


Iain ClimieSeptember 16th, 2023 at 10:34 am

HI Bobby,

Nicely done by South catching West on Autopilot here. On BWTA, assuming 5 card majors of course and 2 over 1, I’d be tempted by 2D although I can see the point of 2S too. If I bid 2D and partner gets carried away with (say) a strong 1-3-4-5 hand then maybe 6D might even be playable and I’ve managed to hog the hand too.



jim2September 16th, 2023 at 1:22 pm

I confess to liking 2D, as well, to the point of bidding it myself. At least it shows where my values are.

My main fear is that I might have to support clubs at some point and having pard then pinpoint my “singleton” heart with unfortunate consequences. If that happened, maybe I would sneak a heart into my diamonds and “discover” it to my dismay as I put down the dummy.

Patrick CheuSeptember 16th, 2023 at 4:48 pm

Hi Folks, Does 3C gurantee 4C? If 2C shows 5c…3C can be 3..and 5233?

Iain ClimieSeptember 16th, 2023 at 8:44 pm

HI Patrick,

I don’t think that playing 2/1 that 2C has to be 5 but am happy to be corrected if that isn’t the case. Certainly playing 4 card majors you might have to improvise with 3433 and a decent hand over 1S.