The following hand occurred during a practice session at Hornsea Bowls Club from a random deal.
West (dealer) Spades - 9 7 6 Hearts - K 4 6 Diamonds - A Q 10 Clubs - A K Q 6
North Spades - 10 Hearts - J 10 9 8 Diamonds - K J 8 7 2 Clubs - 9 8 4
East Spades - A K Q J 4 3 Hearts - A Q 2 Diamonds - 9 Clubs - J 7 3
South Spades - 8 5 2 Hearts - 7 5 3 Diamonds - 6 5 4 3 Clubs - 10 5 2
1 C Pass 1 S Pass
2 NT Pass 6 NT End
Ann, my partner for the session, is an improver with approximately eight months experience of the game. Rather than jump initially, Ann bid just 1 Spade keeping the bidding low to enable me to make a natural rebid. My jump rebid in NT showed a balanced hand with 18 – 19 points. This rebid point range is the one recommended by Bernard and is the way I play with my regular partner.
The contract made 7 NT on a lead of 7 D. I don’t see how I could have bid the Grand Slam as my partner was only promising 15 points.
The question is then is 7 S biddable with a different bidding sequence after my jump rebid in NT? I am thinking an immediate leap to 6 S is correct with East’s thought process being: we are missing 5 points at the most ie an Ace and a Jack, a King and a Queen, two Queens and a Jack or a King and two Jacks. With my two aces and 3 trumps I can surely safely bid 7 S.
What do you think? Any comments and/ or suggestions welcome. I am at the club tomorrow morning, so any feedback today would be really appreciated
Thank you very much, Chris