Andrew Gumperz

1-4-4-4 is among the most awkward shapes when opening the bidding. The standard advice when I first started was to open 1♦ planning to rebid 2♣ if responder bid your singleton. This advice works well if opener is strong enough to complete his pattern. The partnership will find a game in any strain, if one exists, or play a reasonable partscore.

1♦  —  1♠ 

2♣  —  2♦
2♥  — ?
Opener’s Hand
♠ x
♥ AKxx
♦ AKxx
♣ KTxx
 
Responder’s Hand 1
♠ KJxxx
♥ QTxx
♦ xx
♣ xx
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