Bidding Slams With Voids

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Watching a few hands on BBO: At both tables the East-West pair had some problems bidding this hand.

By Linda Lee
On 1 January, 2013 At 14:37

Category : Intermediate @en, Intermediate 2

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I was watching a few hands played in an expert team game on BBO yesterday. At both tables the East-West pair had some problems bidding this hand.

East
7
AKQ985
QJ82
Q10

Nobody was vulnerable and South started it off with a pass. West opened with 1. Here is what happened at one table. Let’s follow along as East.

West North East South
      pass
1 pass 2 2
3 pass 3 pass
3 pass 4 pass
5 pass ?  

East 2 bid was game forcing and West 3 showed a good hand with diamonds and clubs. East showed diamond support and West’s 3 bid showed a first or second round spade control. I like East’s 4 bid. It suggests to me that East is still looking for controls. You might ask why East doesn’t just bid Blackwood since if he has enough aces slam is quite a good possibility. We will see why in a minute. What would you do over 5?

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West had bid all he had. The heart void didn’t look that great. So he signed off in the diamond game. And now I think East made a mistake. He bid the slam anyway.

West
KJ2

AK1043
K9763
  East
7
AKQ985
QJ82
Q10

Now let’s see what happened at the other table.   Click Here to continue reading

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