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Bidding a Singleton Four Times

Match point.

South
KQ72
J7532
3
J98
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
P
2
P
2
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
5NT
P
?

4 is splinter, and your response to key-card is 1430.

If your answer to king-asking is count, there is an easy 6 response, after which you can take a nap. All you have done is bidding your singleton four times.

It gets interesting if your answer is specific king, which is what I had with my partner of the day. Normally the agreement is to bid the lowest king below your trump suit. With this hand, do we have an excuse for breaking the rule?

Your agreement is to ask for kings only if you have confirmed all five key-cards. You have no key-card. Partner has them all, including A, thus you have added two sure tricks and a potential fourth in spades. So far you have promised as little as two queens. If you bid 6, the choice for partner is 6NT or 7. Either way, you are better off than in 6H.

At the table, I signed off in 6, and regretted immediately.

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