KISS in Gold Coast Teams

I am a great believer in KISS – Keep it simple, stupid! Rather than an infinite number of conventions that I can’t remember (and when I remember, my partner doesn’t!), I prefer to work from general principles, along with a few agreements in specific situations. Sartaj Hans and I had discussed many hands over drinks at the pub but had only played together once (many years ago) before this year’s Gold Coast Teams. We had a brief system discussion after a game of tennis in Sydney. The hand below shows how the right descriptive bid, combined with sound bidding judgement, can lead to a very successful bidding auction (I was West and Sartaj was East).

Bd 8
Nil Vul
W Dealer
Q 10 7 4
Q 6
Q 7 6 5 4
7 4
 
K 8
2
A K 3
K Q 10 8 6 5 3
[ 8 ] A 9 3 2
A 10 9 5 4
9
A J 2
  J 6 5
K J 8 7 3
J 10 8 2
9
 

W N E S
1 P 1 P
3 P 4 P
4NT P 5 P
7 P P P

Sartaj found the perfect bid to describe his hand (4) showing a raise with shortage over my 3 call. The 5 response to KCB showed 0 or 3 Key Cards. I could count 13 top tricks with a ruff. There were only 13 open pairs who bid the Grand Slam.

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