A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful New Bridge Year to all readers. Here is a real life poser, one that occurred at all fifteen clubs taking part in the X-Clubs simultaneous deal. I have set it as a ‘double dummy’ problem. Board
MrQ: Simple question: how to bid to 7♠? After 6♥ from East, I know that we have all the aces and all the kings but I am thinking that we only have 8-card fit in spades because my partner supported my spades to 4♠ only
MrQ: Is there a way to bid this to 4♠ not opening 5-card spade? At the other table opposition bid 4♠ – they were playing Standard American so was easier for them as 1♠ showed 5 of them straight away. Guru: Shouldn’t be a problem.
MrQ: 3♣ was actually Checkback Stayman and West should have responded 3♠ to show 5 spades (and lack of 4 hearts – as we play it) but East thought 3♣ is natural. Anyway Checkback Stayman would work here. But if we didn’t play Checkback Stayman
MrQ: This was opponents playing but they ended up in 4♥ with 5-2 fit. We concluded with my partner that in this situation (assuming that any response from North is showing 4/5+ points) South should have bid 3NT to show North that they have doubleton