Jeff Lehman

An unusual unusual notrump

Making an unusual notrump call at a high level is not terribly uncommon as a step to seek partner’s input in selecting the best trump suit.

Until this morning’s club game, however, I had never, to the best of my recollection, employed an unusual notrump when I had a six card difference in length between the two suits.

Having been dealt your standard variety nine-card suit T, -, 975, KT9875432, I was in third hand, all vul.  Pard opened 1 and RHO overcalled 4.  I bid 5 and LHO next called 5.  Now pard offered 5 and a pass to me.

Rather than adhere to the adage of “what do you call an eight/nine card suit?  trumps!”, I chose to bid 5NT (can’t partner own Hx of clubs for her remaining two cards?), and partner’s 6 call completed the bidding.


Dealer: N #13
Vul: All




1 Comment

MichaelJanuary 17th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Nice bid that 5NT. I like it.

In my partnership we use 5NT as pick a slam.

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