This board posed a bidding challenge for
EW. Both sides were vulnerable and West dealt. Imagine you are East. The
bidding started as shown. So, what do you bid now?
Your partner is a passed hand, but is
willing to mention a new suit vulnerable at the three levels, so must have
something good. With your diamond holding, there surely should be no diamond
losers. You have 19 high card points, excellent spades and the ace of clubs.
Your partner must have some values outside diamonds to justify bidding at
all, since he certainly does not have more than one of the top three
diamonds. So what do you bid now?
What did you decide? There were all sorts of contracts at the table. With
all the points in your hand, you cannot stop short of game, but which game?
With your club stopper, three no trumps is a possibility (hoping your
partner’s points are in hearts to provide a stopper there). One table took
this route and made all thirteen tricks, for a top. Five diamonds is
probably a safer choice. One table bid this and made an overtrick. Four
spades is a riskier contract, since there are only seven trumps between the
two hands. Another table chose this and took all thirteen tricks, with the
spades splitting three-three and the queen onside. However the optimum
contract is six diamonds, only found at one table.
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