Bid 2NT. This should show a balanced hand with 18 or 19 HCP. Which is exactly what you have. Don't worry too much about the ♠ suit. The opponents would have bid it by now if it was going to be a problem.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Here is your hand: ♠AJT3 ♥Q73 ♦985 ♣J42 You are Dealer. You decide to "Pass". Your LHO opens the bidding 1♠. Your Partner says "Double". Double here should be TAKE OUT. Partner is saying "Bid your LONGEST suit. I have everything BUT ♠. What is your call? Show Answer
Bid 1NT. You have strength in ♠ but not LENGTH. You really need both to "Pass" a 1 level take out double. 1NT shows about 8 to 10 HCP with the ♠ stopped.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Here is your hand: ♠AJ52 ♥A8 ♦AT75 ♣AK3 You are Dealer. What will you open the bidding? This one is pretty easy. Bidding 2NT shows a balanced hand with either 20 or 21 HCP. Perfect! You and Partner have agreed to play Stayman and Jacoby Transfers over both a 1NT and 2NT opening bid. Now Partner bids 3♦. What is your call? Show Answer
Bid 3♥. Do NOT bid 3NT. I know you don't really like their ♥ suit. I know you would prefer not to play there. But remember, you have NO IDEA what Partner has! They could have seven incredibly small ♥ in their hand with no points. Do you really want to play in 3NT then? No. Partner gets ANOTHER bid once you bid 3♥. They won't let you play in 3♥ unless it is right to do so. Sure enough over your 3♥ bid Partner says 3NT. Now they are letting you choose what game you want to play in. You can "Pass" now. You do not have a fit.