Notwithstanding the singleton spade, this is not a jump or transfer bid for me...and my preferred style is clubs first and then hearts (or NT over a spade bid).
Are methods relevant? That is, should
I don't know it is all about methods here. If my partner can't
have semi-solid diamonds, I bid
Second question is whether I should choose a minor. Clubs could
easily be best; opposite e.g.
Seriously there is an argument that his 5NT should suggest
Some suggested in followups that partner might bid
Does a double at the 3-level promise invitational values? Given that this hand doesn't have them and there was a big majority vote for doubling, I think we must conclude that it does not. If it did, then opener could drive to game with a max and 4-4 in the majors. If it doesn't promise much in the way of values, he cannot.
Partner opens 2NT (20-21).
Your methods are not particularly
What's your plan?
Everyone hates the methods, but when you have an hour to discuss all your methods, slam auctions after 2NT don't get a lot of time. And if any of us sat down with an unfamiliar partner, they'd be playing something like this, so that's just the way it goes.
I know that
Now, just about everyone says, "bid slam with zero
key cards? Are you nuts?" Well, if partner wanted
to know about key cards, he could have asked about
them. Presumbly, he doesn't care. It doesn't sound
as if he is missing control in any suit; he's cue
bid two of them and he didn't bid slam upon hearing
about my diamond control. So he's not really
interested in key cards. Does that mean he is missing
the high trump honors with something like
This hand came up in first-time partnership. I think that in that context, getting to slam was just too hard.
Partner's doubles are takeout. 1NT is semi-forcing.
Assess the blame for playing a good slam in a part score.
Similarly, given that CHO would bid
You lead the
OK you tell me "middle spot" from partner, but what does
declarer play? Typically, that dummy opposite a
How much suit preference is he into? Either there is a club void (in which case his bidding is asinine), or two diamonds cash (in which case declarer is off his rocker) or this slam is going to make anyway. The only way I can blow a trick is deciding that I must switch to a club and that runs to declarer's J.
I am not risking thatthe only other issue that crosses
my mind is a squeeze on CHO in hearts and diamonds if I cash the
I am a donkey and play the other top diamond Honour...unconvinced about beating this.
Note: I assume you forgot to say that
Declarer is known to have at most 17 HCP, so he has to have
a boatload of spades. If he has 8 of them and the
Will declarer hook the club because of partner's double?
Probably nothe doesn't know that partner doesn't have
With most of the panel's continuing diamonds, this is obviously a pretty hard problem. Too bad getting it wrong produced a zero.