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Ronnie Felton's flip-flop

(This post is co-written with, and based on an idea of Ron Felton's.)

Consider the following hand:

West
K853
Q105
Q1043
Q3
North
106
J732
AKJ952
J
East
AJ
A98
86
AK10864
South
Q9742
K64
7
9752
D

After P-P-3-??, East has a tough bid. Suppose he chooses to bid 4. Now West has the problem.

One simple suggestion, for partnerships that play often enough to have an agreement, is to flip-flop the meaning of the cue-bid and 4NT. 4NT becomes natural, 4Q becomes key-card. Here, West bids 4NT and gets to the last reasonable spot.

For a slightly different hand:

West
K85
KQ105
A43
Q93
North
106
J732
KQJ952
J
East
AJ
A98
86
AK10864
South
Q97432
64
107
752
D

the bidding might proceed:

3 - 4 - P - 4

P - 4(1 or 4) – P – 7,

making on the (simple played as) double squeeze.

Of course the gain is less with the cue as key card than the releasing of 4NT to be natural.

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