1. What does South open?
1NT balanced 12-14
2. What should North be asking himself?
Is Game on YES. NO. MAYBE
I have 18 points 10 cards in the major suits YES game is definitley on maybe even SLAM
3. If South opens 1NT what does North bid?
How many forgot TRANSFERS please remember in these supervised sessions you can always ask for help and be guided to bid according to the lessons.
If you didn't bid 2♦ what did you bid that would keep the auction going, after all we have said GAME at least is on?
4. What happens if North bids 2♦ is this a forcing bid?
2♦ is forcing and South will usually just complete the transfer and bid 2♥
5. Who is in charge of the auction North or South?
North is in charge of the auction South is like an obedient child and does what he is told and bids 2♥
6. Assuming South bids 2♥ what does North now bid?
2♠ which is FORCING
South CANNOT pass his options are:
With a four card ♠ suit raise to 3♠
With three card support for ♥ raise to 3♥
With neither of the above and minimum values i.e. a 12 count bid 2NT
7. What should the final contract be?
8. How many tricks do you make?
Count your tricks by power that is the tricks you can take NOW:
Add tricks from other sources:
Spades 1 possibly if opponets lead the suit
Hearts 3 by length if the suit breaks 3-2
Clubs 1 if the finesse works
TOTAL NUMBER OF TRICKS 13
Spades 3 but you can discard a ♠ on the ♦ K
Hearts 0 (unless suit breaks 4-1 then 1 loser)
You always have 10 tricks.
The problem with this hand is that you only have 2 entries ♥ K & ♣ K
If you think you will finesse the ♣ and if it woorks on the King hoping to discard a spade this will not work because West only has two clubs.
You know you have at least 10 tricks so play accordingly.
Win the opening lead, draw trumps.
Discard a spade on the ♦ K
Well done you have made 11 tricks.
And finally of four pairs only one South played in 4♥ well done to Julie & Colette our first year students.
So either with a balanced hand for South 3,2,3,5 distrubution some were opening 1♣ what is your rebid? Bid 1NT and get the hand of your chest in one bid?
Transfers have been forgotten, please please ask.