Posted 2012-April-17, 09:13
On Board One, I agree with 2♠. Yes, we are definitely full values for the call and double followed by spades isn't terrible, imo, but I am more comfortable overcalling.
S definitely needs to do more....I am not at all sure that S should splinter......without more info from OP, I'd be concerned that we'd be showing a fit-jump. However, S doesn't need a splinter to show a good hand....he can and, imo, should cue 3♥. Whether that leads to slam would depend on several subsequent choices, but N will clearly be interested over 3♥.
On Board 2, a splinter of 4♣ is a slight overbid, protected by those great trump...partner won't go nuts missing those trump unless he has a good hand... and the positional value of the diamond K.
However, I think it is a bit too rich for me, especially if I have a form of unusual v unusual available to show my values....if my choices were merely 3 or 4♠, then I'd splinter.
As it is, I don't think partner's pass of 5♦ was forcing....I don't think it is standard to vary one's fp agreements by vulnerability, tho some pairs do and it would be useful to do it here on this given hand.....so I have endplayed myself in the auction. So I approach the issue on the assumption that the actual S, seeing the problem at this stage, became ill and had to leave the playing area. I bid 5♠....maybe partner is Axxxx AK10 x xxxx...doubling to collect, on a good day, 300, doesn't appeal.
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