[Round Two O.C.T.O.B.E.R. I] What is your call?

The calendar has shifted to the tenth month, and just like last year, that means that I am doing the O.C.T.O.B.E.R. (One Creative Title Of Blog-Everyday Regimen) self-imposed challenge.

I post a hand that I held at the NU bridge club this last Sunday.

You are West, and your hand is as follows (your side is vulnerable; their side is not) when East has dealt:

Spades: AK97432

Hearts: Void

Diamonds: AT74

Clubs: Q7

The bidding has proceeded:













WHAT IS YOUR CALL?  Let me do some analysis of the auction before your rebid:

I don’t think anyone would grouse with the opening of one spade–with thirteen high-card points and an obvious spade suit for bidding, that seems obvious.  I should have written down what my partner’s hand (East) was, but I don’t remember how strong the 2D was (I know that according to many experts, including Howard Schutzman, whom I tend to follow), the only strong bid over North’s double would be a conventional 2NT or a redouble.  

However, after partner bids 2D to show a diamond suit, that significantly improves my hand.  Even before the diamond bid, my hand contains 15 Bergen points (13 HCP, +3 for the long spade suit, and -1 for the dubious queen-doubleton).  But after the diamond bid, it seems we might have 4S or 5D as a possible contract.  In support of diamonds, my hand’s value goes up to 20 Bergen points (+4 for the void, +1 for a doubleton).  If I instead take the risk that partner is void in spades and go to 4S, my hand is worth 22 points (+4 for void, +1 for side suit, +2 for the sixth and seventh trumps). 

Some bids and analysis of what I think about them:

3D: Too weak.  Since 2D is possibly a weak bid, this is mostly just getting in their way, and partner will likely pass.  But, your excellent distribution is worth much more than the high cards in your hand!

4D: Possibly reasonable.  Since you are not in direct competition, it might be an invitational bid.

4H: Might be quite aggressive, but because of the freak distribution, 5 diamonds may have a puncher’s chance.

4S: Risky, as partner may be short in spades, and the double implies that spades will split badly.  This is also very unilateral.

4NT: Not with a dubious doubleton AND a void!

5D: Too unilateral and aggressive, I think.

At the table, I made the 4H bid and the auction ended at 5D.  In the end, we went down one (I didn’t see the play or partner’s hand because we were doing a rotating dummy so I had to move to the other table!)

This is one thing that I love about bridge: so many different approaches and ways to bid a hand, and so many different interpretations.


Today is the first day of O.C.T.O.B.E.R.


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