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Question 17

On p. 257 of your book, you state that with

    S K 10 9 x x x
    H x
    D A Q J x
    C A x

you should just simply bid the game (after 1S-2S), not invite. In a IMP pairs game, W/W , would this also apply to the identically shaped and counted

    S A K 10 x x x
    H J
    D Q J 9 x
    C K x

If not, and playing 2-way game tries, is the short suit try (3H) preferable to the long suit try (3D).

Thanks,
Len Helfgott


Answer

Jeff Meckstroth have said "I always bid game when I have 6-4 distribution and get a raise in my long suit." And indeed, with an SST of 3 and an adequate trump fit, you're in contention for ten tricks if your side has half the deck in working points. Jeff's advice shows that he knows how important distribution is.
   The hand from our book is slightly stronger than the one you had, but we wouldn't object to a game bid with that one too. After all, you might make game opposite as little as 3-3-3-4 with the king of diamonds and nothing else. So at IMPs, we vote for 4S. A good thing about your hand is that you don't have too much in trumps. Six solid spades and four small diamonds would have been worse.

If you prefer to make a game try, we suggest you show your shortness. Your four-card suit is chunky, so even if partner has no fit there, it may do very well on its own.


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