jmcw, on 2012-February-09, 18:28, said:
So you X, partner bids ♣, can you ever untangle a playable ♠ contract or is it lost.
2254 come to mind, maybe even a less likely 3154 or 2164!
I can't ever see partner being able to bid 4♣
with a stiff heart....I mean...LHO would have to be not merely sworn to silence, but also temporarily paralyzed not to bid 4♥
with 4 card support at favourable, no matter what the form of scoring. So I simply wouldn't cater to that in my bidding plan over 3♥
2254 (or for some misguided souls, 2245
) is more plausible, tho I would expect LHO to be bidding 4♥
on most of these deals at this heat.
If memory serves, we weren't told the scoring. I tend to answer questions as if they were imps, because that's where my interest lies. If this were mps, maybe I would consider bidding 4♠
even tho I rate to buy a stiff spade...the 6-1 might score better than (or fail by the same amount as) the 5=4 club fit.
But they pay a bonus for slam bidding at mps as well as at imps, and this hand has great slam potential in clubs and virtually none, in the hypothetical auction under discussion, in spades, so I would cue 4♥
as I wrote earlier, and give up on spades.
At imps, I think that decision is clear. While 4♠
are both plausible contracts, the chance of finding a good slam (without finding a bad one) is enough in my view to make a try worthwhile.
As to whether 4♥
is a slam try or an effort to keep spades in the picture, I confess that I have never played COG cues as frequently as I think good bridge suggests, and I wouldn't expect any of my partners to see 4♥
that way if I bid it. So...can 4♠
by opener be passed?
Well, any call can be passed,even if partner didn't think it would be, but I'd take it as encouraging for clubs.....consistent with say x Axx QJxxx AKJx.
I can think of good arguments for this being no better than the 2nd best view....that it should be perhaps Hx in spades....but given the conditions of contest, I just don't see that as a probable layout and so don't think we should design our approach around it.
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