- I'll bid 3 and over 4 bid 5 as my only try for slam.
Close to passing 4, because of LHO's heart 'tolerance+'.
2NT over second double should probably be scramble not Leb. Partner has
already shown a weak hand.
- I want strongly to invite a slam, knowing that partner has
no controls. He needs as little as xx Qxxxx xx xxxx. The question
is how to issue that invitation. No matter what I do, it will be
difficult to get him excited about his hand. An additional complexity
is that a "powerful" hand such as xx Jxxx Qxxx Jxx might not be enough.
One thought is to cuebid and then bid 5. The first question is whether
I dare to cue-bid 3. There must be some chance that CHO will
interpret 3 as natural. If you think not, consider how a cunning
RHO might bid with a poor hand and hearts (I know he doesn't have
that this time, but can partner?) I doubt if we have discussed this auction.
An alternative is to bid 5 immediately. However, that ought be
taken as a massive hand lacking a spade control, so partner will
be sure to pass unless he has shortness there.
I don't want to surrender with a 4 call, although that could be
the winner. So I will risk 3, acknowledging there really is a risk,
and then follow with 5 over any call he makes except for 3NT (over
that I will pass).
- First, my plan is to agree to play Lebensohl (or
some variant). Not doing so results in a "best guess" situation. (For
the record, my preferred defense is to have double equal take-out of
spades or big, 2 equal take-out of hearts. You give up the cheap 2
overcall in return for not having to deal with the ambiguity as to which
suit opener has. I don't like passing initially and then backing in at
the three or four level when responder preempts with a pass or correct
But on to the problem at hand. If the first double was 15, and the
second double was 18, then it would appear your best plan is to double
three more times to show the strength of your hand. Seriously, you are
hoping to catch something like Qxxxx and either distribution (for
example xx Qxxxx xx xxxx) or a stray queen. Is that odds on? What
worries me just a bit is responder's bid of 2; that should show at
least three hearts (unless he his really busted and betting that we have slam,
in which case he might just screw around with a doubleton heart). Looks
like a good simulation problem. I know it is futile but I am going to
try to solicit partner's cooperation by bidding 3 and following it up
- At IMPs... I think I'd bid 3NT over 3... that rates to be cold.
Lebensohl wouldn't necessarily be helpful as xx xxxx QJxx xxx needs
only hearts to break to make 6. I don't know how to get partner
involved... he will never properly evaluate his queens. I have to think
that I'd've actually jumped to 3NT over 2 rather than making a second
double. Perhaps having done that, I should cuebid 3 then bid 5.
Who knows. That is just too tough.
One factor in favor of conservatism is that RHO bid 2 pass
or correct, which greatly increases the likelihood of at least Qxx
- 3, then 5. I am a little concerned that LHO bid 2 rather than 2
since this indicates heart length. However, this is just too much to
settle for 4. LHO's action will entice me to raise a 3NT bid by partner
(over my 3 bid) to 4NT.
- Hmm. 12 controls.
Something like xx QJxx QJxx xxx makes
a grand pretty good, so we have to do something (and maybe pard has five
hearts...). Still, there's no way to find out if he has
xx xxxx xxxx xxx short of the five level, but that still
has play. I bid RKC (4 if available, otherwise 4NT).
I'll ask for kings (haha) as a grand slam try if he
- 3 followed by a minimum bid in hearts.
- These are always hard hands. Lebensohl would have helped somewhat
here. First, I haven't forced partner to bid a 3-card heart suit
(obvious, but worth mentioning). The three likely contracts, 4, 6,
6NT, will likely all have some amount of play. Given that I don't
have a good bid for this hand, I think [3 followed by] 5 is probably
the best bid I've just invited partner to bid a slam knowing that he
might have nothing, so perhaps he'll figure out that a little is enough.
- Well, one problem here is that bidding 2 pass or correct
generally implies at least 4 hearts (at least that is the way that my
partner and I play Multi) so the bad break may scuttle any slam.
[Welcome to Denver. We had that auction twice and neither time did
responder have more than three small hearts. --Jeff] Still, not
often you get a hand with 12 controls and a fit for partner (or have
a partner with a fit for you). My plan is to first cue bid 3 and
then, assuming partner bids the expected 4, is to bid 5. I hope
that this sequence will be taken as a general have you got anything
slam try (the cue bid saying I am not interested in a spade control)
with a big hand. I think an immediate 5 in this auction would ask
about a spade control. Of course if at any time the opponents bid
again in front of me. I will double and take what I can get.
- JEFF AT THE TABLE
- WINNING ACTION
- Probably 3 followed by 5 is good enough. Partner
held Qx Qxxxx Jxxx xx. 6NT rolls. On the other hand, it's not a
slam dunk that partner will move over 5. After all, he has no
aces, no kings, no singletons, and no voids. Edgar Kaplan said
that means he has nothing. This time, he has four tricks. Wow.
Probably he should move, but partners don't visualized 28-counts.
- JEFF UPON REFLECTION
No one considered this, but after I'd been thinking about it a
while, the answer to this problem eventually came to me. The
second double was the problem. Despite it's not being in the
ACBL notes (which are really not adequate), I should have bid
4NT on my second turn. That has to show a balanced moose, which
is the best way to get partner to evaluate correctly his balanced
controll-less five-count. Any sort of suit auction may convince
him that his total lack of controls is not useful, but if I show
28 balanced or thereabouts, he ought to be able to figure out what
to do with a 5-count. Here, he'd probably hedge with 5NT, but I'd
know to go on. Probably he ought to bid 6.
Several mentioned that responder should have hearts for 2.
I have learned that this is not so. In Denver, we had this auction
twice. Once responder had three small hearts, and once he had
a small doubleton and a stiff spade. One can't count on his
I think it's unforgivable that the ACBL defense doesn't mention
what 2NT means in response to the second double. Then I checked
mine. It doesn't either. Whoops. It's Lebensohl now.