Seven Notrump

In which some people who play bridge blog about it.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Responses #1

Your partner opens one diamond, and your right-hand opponent passes. How do you respond holding each of the following hands?


A)
♠ 9 8 6
♥ 10 5 2
♦ 8 6
♣ A K 9 7 2
B)
♠ A 8
♥ K Q 2
♦ K 9 7 3
♣ Q 7 5 4







C)
♠ A 8
♥ K 8 2
♦ K J 7 3
♣ 8 7 5 4
D)
♠ K J 8
♥ K 7 6
♦ A Q 3
♣ J 7 5 4

2 comments:

  At Thursday, November 09, 2006 5:55:00 PM, Anonymous Bryan said:

A: PASS!!!
B: 3 Diamonds (No chance of a 8 card major suit, close to the 28 combined points necessary to make a 5 bid, and crap clubs.)
C: 2 Clubs (to indicate >10 points and no 4 card major) 3 Diamonds maybe, but I would assume more points.
D: 2 No Trump I guess???

  At Friday, November 10, 2006 12:05:00 AM, Blogger Paul said:

Interesting! Some of these cases are ambiguous. I'd love to hear other opinions. My instincts are:

A) 1NT. It's tempting to pass, but opener might have 18 points (under the McKenna system, as much as 21) and four clubs to an honor, which would be a shame to pass out.

B) If your partnership plays Jacoby 2NT, this might be a great time to deploy it -- 4 cards in partner's suit and 12 HCP. It's intended for major suits but I don't see why it couldn't work in a minor, especially holding 14 HCP like you do here. 3D is a good choice too, but doesn't give opener as much opportunity to describe her hand further.

C) I agree with Bryan -- 2C. To me a bid of 2D would be a signoff, showing four-card support but minimal points. I wouldn't jump to 3D with less than 15 points or longer diamonds -- I think a jump raise in partner's suit is forcing to game, and game might be a stretch here.

D) If you play Jacoby 2NT as in B) then 2NT is off-limits, so I'd say 3C.

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