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How Many Hearts? Not how high, but how many

#21 User is online   sfi 

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Posted 2021-August-23, 01:05

One agreement I've picked up in the last couple of years is how opener continues in an auction like:

1NT - 2D
2H - 3C

Where 3C is game-forcing showing a second suit. Continuations are:

  • 3H = 3-card support, no support for clubs
  • New suit = cue supporting clubs, doubleton heart
  • 3NT = no support for either suit
  • 4C = 3 hearts, 4+ clubs


With this agreement, I would be comfortable trying 3C to find out about heart length. I'm pretty certain I can convince partner I was just joking about clubs.
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Posted 2021-August-26, 16:11

May I ask how does it help knowing how many trumps the opener has? Opener guarantees at least 2 so there must be a fit!
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Posted 2021-August-26, 16:59

View Postmikl_plkcc, on 2021-August-26, 16:11, said:

May I ask how does it help knowing how many trumps the opener has? Opener guarantees at least 2 so there must be a fit!

Kxx gives us an 89% chance of picking up hearts. Kx gives us a 52% chance. Finding out about the third trump is fairly important here.
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