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Playing MPs, partner opens 1NT (15-17) in first seat, all red, and you must make a plan:

South
A87643
AQ
10
QJ87
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
?

You haven't discussed much with your partner, so you have four options:

1) 4 Texas transfer and pass 4.

2) 2 Jacoby transfer and rebid 4, showing a mild slam try.

3) 2 Jacoby transfer and rebid 4, a self splinter slam try.

4) 2 Jacoby transfer and rebid 3.

South
A87643
AQ
10
QJ87
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
?

You opt to show both suits, and partner bids 3. This is a cue bid agreeing clubs. Your next bid?

South
A87643
AQ
10
QJ87
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3
X
4
P
4NT
P
6
P
?

You cue bid 3. LHO doubles, and partner bids minorwood. You bid 4NT, showing two key cards and the queen of trump. Partner bids slam in club. Now what?

South
A87643
AQ
10
QJ87
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3
X
4
P
4NT
P
6
P
P
P

6NT or 6 making would score better than 6. Partner certainly has only two spades, but if they have the king and spades split, then you will likely make 6 if you are making 6. Are you making 6 if partner does not have the king of spades? After the double of hearts perhaps not, but playing clubs puts the doubler on lead. If you bid spades now does that admit that you chose the wrong bid earlier? You decide to pass. Now play the hand:

West
North
K9
876
AKQ9
A632
East
South
A87643
AQ
10
QJ87
W
N
E
S
 
1N
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3
X
4
P
4N
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
1

Play looks simple enough. If spades and clubs split, you can start drawing trumps, lose to the king, finish drawing trumps, and then set up spades with a ruff.

West
Q52
K109542
J64
K
North
K9
876
AKQ9
A632
East
J10
J3
87532
10954
South
A87643
AQ
10
QJ87
W
N
E
S
 
1N
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3
X
4
P
4N
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
4
A
8
10
1
1
0
A
4
7
K
1
2
0
K
7
Q
6
1
3
0
K
10
3
2
1
4
0
9
J
A
5
3
5
0
4
Q
6
9
2
5
1
J
A
2
6
3
6
1
12 tricks claimed
N/S +1370
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In reality, the clubs are 4-1, but with a singleton king, and the spades split. The ace of clubs drops the king, you use a high diamond to discard the queen of hearts, and get to work on spades. You get overruffed, but now can ruff in, draw trumps, and claim. As it turns out, you could have made either 6 or 6NT as well. Did you go wrong in the bidding? Let me know your thoughts.

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