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A new, yet very old, auction

Playing online (where else?) pick up a normal 1 No-Trump opener

S:K9x H:AKT9 D:KJ8 C:J95

4333 is bad shape, but the spots are excellent. Partner wheels out a novel bid — 5 No-Trump.

I think this bid was covered in my very first lesson of bidding. The college bridge club had a sheet with a 7×5 bid grid of all the bids, and one section of them was “What this bid means opposite a 1N opening.” 4N (the Quantitative Slam Try) was definitely there. But 5N as “Bid a grand with a maximum, else bid a small slam” likely was. Of course, it never comes up. By which I mean, I have been playing bridge for over 30 years and this is the first time I’ve actually seen 1N-5N at the table.

I bid 6N. The play was boring, I could finesse a queen for seven (or play for some random squeeze that seemed less likely than a finesse). I finessed, making seven.

Next hand.

Written by taogaming

July 14, 2020 at 9:15 pm

Posted in Bridge

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  1. I could have bid Gerber, but assuming you show 1 ace, I wasn’t completely sure whether 5C would ask for number of kings or specific ones. Plus, even if we had every AK (which we did) and the C ran for 6 tricks, that’s just 12; you’d need a useful Q, finesse or squeeze for 13. Maybe I should just bank on your fine play and bid the max, but 5N seemed a straightforward enough alternative, and it has the virtue of being a blame transfer if you pick wrong. ;->

    B Tibor Roberts

    July 15, 2020 at 11:41 am


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