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An American and an Acol 3NT opening bid - on the same hand
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Playing with regular partner you hold the following uninspiring collection.

North
K7532
9853
102
63
W
N
E
S
P
P
3NT
?

Partner's bid is standard Acol - a solid minor suit and very little on the outside (asked and explained as such, and such is the agreement.)

The book response is 4 to ask partner to pass or correct and for once I agreed with the book.

Partner trances for a minute or so and then passes (the trance is a bit unnerving of course - what can he be trancing about?)

East then leads the ten of spades - Anyone want to guess approximately what partner's hand was?

West
A84
J764
Q87643
North
K7532
9853
102
63
East
109
AQ102
K95
9754
South
QJ6
K
AJ
AKQJ1082
W
N
E
S
P
P
3NT
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

4 Clubs is the optimum contract for NS. EW can in theory make 4 or 5 but that involves dropping the K offside.

In fact I made 12 tricks on covering the spade and winning the spade return - but that is irrelevant.

All I could do was to congratulate partner on his hand evaluation.

Sometimes it matters who is sitting North and who is sitting South

North
QJ873
J94
Q962
A
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
P
3
P
P
P

Third in hand I open the bidding with 2 alerted and explained by my partner (eventually) as 5 spades and 4+ in another suit 6-10 points.

East passes and South raises to 3 Spades which I alert and explain as - a pre-emptive raise, not forcing. (Invitational raises go via 2NT and of course partner is a passed hand).

A top heart is led and partner puts down his hand with the comment that he, too, was thinking about opening 2

West
9
Q8652
1053
Q1094
North
QJ873
J94
Q962
A
East
A4
AK7
AJ87
K852
South
K10652
103
K4
J763
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
P
3
P
P
P
D
3 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

Obviously I make the 9 tricks readily available (Again EW can make 4 hearts - the club isn't exactly the Young Chelsea Bridge Club).

Now if I had been sitting South then I would have opened the bidding with 2 and partner would have bid 4 - and if the hands had been reversed then partner would have opened 2 and I would have bid 4.

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