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5 Clubs and 4 Diamonds


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With 5 ♠ and 4 ♠, you would never open 1C. But, with 5 ♠ and 4 ♠, you will often open 1♠. Why? Suppose you open 1♠ with this hand: ♠♠ KJ2 ♠ AJ43 ♠ A7642. Your partner responds 1S. Now what? You are stuck. You don't want to rebid 1NT with a singleton. You can't reverse into diamonds with a minimum hand. You don't want to rebid that ratty club suit. The solution is to open 1♠ and rebid 2♠. Partner won't know you have more clubs than diamonds, but at least you have found a way to show both minors. Will you always open 1♠ with 4♠ and 5♠? Not at all. In this quiz, we will reveal more within each question and answer.

♠ KJ4  
♥ 2  
♦ AQJ7  
♣ Q7654
 What is your opening bid?

Answers:

1♠

1♠

Other

♠ K984  
♥ --  
♦ K842  
♣ AK983
 What is your opening bid?

Answers:

1♠

1♠

other

♠ 2  
♥ Q54 
♦ KQ76  
♣ AJ432
 What is your opening bid?

Answers:

1♠

1♠

other

♠ K  
♥ J32  
♦ J432  
♣ AKJ104
 What is your opening bid?

Answers:

1♠

1♠

other

♠ 32  
♥ 32  
♦ Q543  
♣ AKQJ6
 What is your opening bid?

Answers:

1♠

1♠

other