Question of the Week 24

 Hi All,

North made 13 tricks on this board. South opened 1 Diamond, North responded 1 Heart to force partner to describe his hand and South rebid 1 Spade. North jumped to 4 Hearts and South passed. North wondered if there was a reasonable path to slam.                  

                     North

                     ª J 10

                     © A K 8 7 4 3 2

                     ¨ 3 2

                     § Q J

West                                  East

ª 8 5 3 2                             ª 9 6 4

© 6 5                                  © Q 10

¨ Q 10 9                             ¨ K J 8 7

§ K.5 4 3                            § 10 8 6 2

                     South

                     ª A K Q 7

                     © J 9

                     ¨ A 6 5 4

                     § A 9 7

 

If South had one more point he would have made a jump-shift to 2 Spades and they would surely get to slam. North loved his hand, but if partner had 10 HCPs and a Heart void, they would go down. 

North must grit his teeth and bid a disciplined 3 Hearts, showing 6 or more Hearts and 10-12 points. South has a maximum and knows that his Heart support makes partner stronger. He may take steps toward slam and the most timid South would raise to 4 Hearts.

It is important that North not overbid because he doesn't trust his partner. This will only cause partner to become more cautious in a vicious cycle. It is better to sometimes miss a game and talk it over with partner. Every hand either strengthens or weakens a partnership. Always trust your partner!