Interesting Hand 22
On a recent Friday I picked up AK97643A10542 A void. What do you open with this freakish hand? 1? Its very unlikely to be passed out, because some must have minor suits! 2 strong? It certainly qualifies for it under the rule of 25. If you are playing weak twos in the major , then 2 showing 8 playing tricks in an undisclosed suit. Or 2 the game force hand (23 more points or game in your own hand)?
Secondly if parner responds in s after you've shown s, how high do you bid the s ?
What do open as dealer with AK98764Q107364?
The really important point about this hand is the responder's failure to re-evaluate his hand after you have shown an immensely strong hand with at least 6 cards in spades. The Q and KJ of s are gold dust in the context of the bidding, so at least partner should bid 5 and a jump to 6 with that holding should be routine
With the first hand, nothing is ideal whatever system you play. We play weak twos, so I would (reluctantly) open 1S. If partner responded 2 of a minor I would jump to 3H. If we played strong twos I would probably risk opening 2S and rebid 3H. I don’t think 2C is appropriate in either case.
On the second hand, for me that’s straightforward. It’s wrong to pre-empt if also holding a 4 card major, and the hand meets the rule of 20 (9 HCP plus 11 cards) so open 1D. Hope to find a spade fit, but if not, keep coming back to the diamonds. Funnily enough I had exactly this situation when playing Chicago a few days ago, only it was with 7 clubs and 4 hearts and as far as I recall with pretty much the same honours as in your example – certainly it was 9 HCP. I was a bit dubious about what to do, but opened 1 club anyway, partner responded in hearts and we bid and made game with not very many points at all. The moral of it was, following the ‘rules’ paid off! Though I appreciate it doesn’t always…
Quite a problem the first hand. Almost certainly game in the hand in spades so a bid of 2 clubs is justified, and I do not want partner to pass below game. So I would open 2clubs and over a response from partner bid 2 spades., which I play as forcing to game. If I got any bid of diamonds later, then I would jump in hearts even at the 5 level! It could be a complete misfit though. If partner gave a negative response of 2 diamonds, then I would have to settle for 4 spades. It takes little to make a slam though. The second hand is easier. Too strong for a pre-empt, so I would open 1 diamond. Seems a lot of these hands around at the moment.
I would always open 1S as the hand is not really powerful enough for a 2C opening and I want to be able to bid spades and hearts if opponents overcall which they might. These type of hands are difficult, do I rebid the spades or introduce hearts if partner responds in a minor? Should partner bid 2D I might bid 3H, but prefer to play in spades , so would convert 4H to 4S.
The second hand is easier. As dealer I would open 1D, but 3rd in hand I might well open 4D to stop the 4th player bidding a major suit
What actually happened
On the first hand I decided to open 1, which was overcalled 3. Partner passed , and when it came round to me I bid 4. The opponents sacrificed in 5 so I bid 5which became the contract!
Partner held Qx K9x Jxxxx 9x
Most players played in 6 so not a good result!
On the second hand I decided to open 1, too strong a hand for a pre-empt, and eventually we played in 5 doubled for 2 down when opponents have 5 on, so a better result!