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Minor support

Partner opens 1D and you have a strong hand with great diamond support. But how to tell partner the good news? Raising diamonds immediately is not forcing, no matter how high you bid. You’ll have to change suits. But look at those spades. But, but, but…

…it’s your bid!

65 Comments

  1. Profile photo of joanbutts joanbutts says:

    A nice but awkward hand. Unless you are playing inverted minor suit raises, you really have to respond 1 yuk! Then fourth suit forcing. And then you have to decide between and NT, and how high. Wow, what fun. Not much to the play in 6 to make all 13.

  2. Profile photo of delta delta says:

    Finessed CT first then Diamonds made 12
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  3. Profile photo of wemmie wemmie says:

    Didn,t bid it, but made 11
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P P P

  4. Profile photo of bettychoate bettychoate says:

    Made 13 but didn’t bid it/
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  5. Profile photo of says:

    1D, 3D, 5D, 6D but made a grand.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  6. Profile photo of whiskey1066 whiskey1066 says:

    Made 13. Partner bid 1D. Raised to 3D. Partner bid 5D.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P P
    P

  7. Went 7 d making it ya
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P 7
    P P P

  8. Profile photo of sandram sandram says:

    Wonderful hand to play over and over
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6N
    P P P

  9. Had a second go and tried 7 nt making that
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P 7N
    P P P

  10. Profile photo of waxing2 waxing2 says:

    Made 7 but only bid the 5D
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 5
    P P P

  11. Profile photo of spungee spungee says:

    I should have bid 6NT once I knew we had all Aces, and good diamonds and clubs to run.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  12. Bid 7 diamonds & made the same.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  13. Profile photo of frontrunner frontrunner says:

    Remembered @graeme’s lesson on bidding 4nt so forced partner into bidding 3nt by bidding 1S then 2H. Partner then went 3NT, and then 6NT after my 4NT. Made 13.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 3N P 4N
    P 6N P P
    P

  14. Profile photo of ted11 ted11 says:

    Bid 6nt, made 13 tricks.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  15. Played in eNt and also 5d
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  16. Profile photo of chezzr chezzr says:

    Wow. I am a newbie and rarely make 13 tricks so I am HAPPY! And v impressed with those who bid 6NT.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  17. Profile photo of rahamrick rahamrick says:

    It was clear from North’s open that slam was likely. Not easy to communicate strength and shape of south hand. 1S (or even 2s) doesn’t give a very helpful picture. 3D — maybe the best. But could be problematic depending on how north responds. So I decided to make an entirely artificial bid of 2c, which indicates some strength and forces north to bid again. 3c response wasn’t particularly helpful, so I went direct to Blackwood. With 4 aces and 3 kings between us, I thought 6 was a pretty good bet — and maybe even 7. NT better score than diamonds, so I bid 6 NT to be on the safe side. Made 13.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  18. Profile photo of MargM MargM says:

    Went straight to 5 D because of point count and fit of 5
    Made 13 so should have bid to slam?!
    Mm
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 5
    P P P

  19. Profile photo of maryshaw maryshaw says:

    Wow, what a lovely late Christmas present. Bid 6NT and made them
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  20. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    Awesome hand went straight to 5 D and made the 13 tricks .conservative me! Will have another go at N/T contract cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 5
    P P P

  21. Profile photo of helvefung helvefung says:

    Made 13 but didn’t bid it…no courage!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  22. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    Pretty happy with my 2nd attempt at 6 N/T Made 13 tricks by being aware of where my entries needed to be.Usually get stuck on wrong side!! Awesome hand cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 6N
    P P P

  23. Profile photo of dominicref dominicref says:

    Would cue bidding be a way to get to a correct high contract instead of gambling or playing safe as most of us seem to have done? NT seems very bold to me unless you know partner has a spade stopper.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P P
    P

  24. Profile photo of valeriejoan valeriejoan says:

    Made thirteen, although did not bid it.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4
    P 4 P 5
    P P P

  25. Profile photo of laurencenz laurencenz says:

    6NT is unnecessarily risky. After a spade lead, you need to get the club finesse right or go down. 7D is a much better contract – sadly we only got to 6D.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  26. Profile photo of shiningstar shiningstar says:

    Partner bid 1D, I raised 3D, partner bid 5D, I bid 6D, made 13 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  27. Profile photo of bridge123 bridge123 says:

    bid 7D made 7 easy
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  28. Profile photo of suzicoo suzicoo says:

    Played 3nt made 12.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  29. Profile photo of sockstevens sockstevens says:

    WITH 29 HCP slam is a possible but surely not Grand and in NT, there are too many missing points, and need the distribution to work in our favour. I cannot see how one could reach 7NT or even 7D, without discovering more about controls.[A Ks or voids]
    Unless maybe N opened 1C, S comes back with 2D, N- 5D, and go for it.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  30. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    Why did I want to show my Spades and get shut out??? Second time bid 6 and made 13.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  31. Profile photo of grod grod says:

    Recklessly bid 7NT (what the heck!) and made it when the club finesse worked.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 7N
    P P P

  32. Profile photo of vicwaitt vicwaitt says:

    Pretty sure of 31 at the bell. Blackwood tells you two aces and a king. Fortune favoring the brave 7nt! Diamonds force club discards and you get the top your brave heart diserves!!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 7N
    P P P

  33. Profile photo of ennasarp ennasarp says:

    With so many points and strong diamonds, straight away Blackwood. With response of two aces and one king have to bid 7 Diamonds. Easy to keep
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  34. Profile photo of sadiesue sadiesue says:

    I showed my major suit and then jump in partner’s diamonds. Partner passed. Made 13 easily
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  35. Profile photo of monty27dog monty27dog says:

    Dam pressed wrong button and passed on 1d! Made 13 2nd time.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 6
    P P P

  36. Profile photo of peralph peralph says:

    Bidding fail, but made 13.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4
    P P P

  37. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Of course you go for slam! Dumb , dumb me did not.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P P
    P

  38. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    One way to get there!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 7
    P P P

  39. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    The way to get a top score! Congrats to those that got there on first try!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 7N
    P P P

  40. Profile photo of cjmahoney1 cjmahoney1 says:

    Had a choice to play a Grand Slam in Diamonds or NT, but felt diamonds was a sure thing. Wonderful to have a chance now and then to bid hands like this. Thank you.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  41. Profile photo of suzie suzie says:

    Made 13 but didn’t bid it 🙁
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  42. Went straight to 4NT asking for As then Ks. Bid the slam and made it no problem. Now I see if I could make the slam with the missing K.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  43. Looks like without the K of club I would only make 11. Asking for Ks and As I was committed to bid atleast 6diamonds. Could thing my partner had the K
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  44. Profile photo of chance22 chance22 says:

    Looks like those who asked about Aces and Kings were on the right track. It crossed my mind, but my reasoning failed when I thought about being in the 5s just to get the answer. Then I proceeded to bid 5D, still wondering about aces and spades. Keep learning.

    Question for @Bajir. Are the hands, particularly Hand #1, produced randomly? Or does someone choose them? One of my hesitations today about 6D was that I didn%u2019t think it was likely statistically that we would be having another slam hand after so many recently.

    Thanks for any info. Best wishes.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 5
    P P P

  45. Without waiting to see norths bid, I bid 1 nt (15/17) so the bidding went : I diamond – 1nt. Oh! Fortunately ptn bid again & we ended in 5 diamonds. Made 13. Having another go though & wont be so hasty.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P 3 P 5
    P P P

  46. Bid again as I would have (see above) if I hadn’t been so hasty – easy to say the IPad is taking its time this evening- using Blackwood for aces etc. Ended in 6, made 7.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P P
    P

  47. Profile photo of stevewehrle stevewehrle says:

    @graeme, why didn’t N recognise Gerber from the bidding sequence below? Should have made the lot, but messed up a cross-ruff.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4
    P 4 P 5
    P P P

  48. Profile photo of johna johna says:

    Stayed at 3NT bid by partner and made 13 tricks. Tried a couple of times to vary the bidding style but got stranded. RKC not recognised. So went back to original bids then Blackwood. One missing king so without hindsight would normally stick at 6 nt .
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 3N P 4
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7N
    P P P

  49. Profile photo of squarepeg61 squarepeg61 says:

    The computer suggested I bid 1S over North’s 1D opening, but the spades in the South hand were not good, so I bid 3D. North, on his next turn, bid 5D which is where the contract stayed. I should have gone to 7D because we made 13 tricks.


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P P
    P

  50. Profile photo of pfredrix pfredrix says:

    Very poor bidding by the North computer. I jump-shifted into Spades (which I wouldn’t do with this suit and a human partner, but if you just bid 1Spade and jump in diamonds later, the computer is likely to leave you short of game – which would be a crime with this hand opposite an opening bid!). When I then supported Diamonds at the three level a good human bidder in the North seat would show his Spade stopper (staying flexible for either a NT or a Diamond contract). Now I would bid Blackwood, and knowing we had all the Aces and almost certainly 3 Kings (partner can hardly have enough to open without at least one), I would have gone for the grand slam. It’s laydown in Diamonds – after drawing trumps and discarding a Spade on the Heart K, the rest is just cross ruffing. But partner’s actual bid – 5D – left me to bid 6 with no assurance of the needed controls.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    P 3 P 3
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  51. Profile photo of chance22 chance22 says:

    Hello @squarepeg61
    I agree that “length vs. strength” takes some getting used to. I am a beginner myself, and it was hard for me to bid the lousy spades just because there were four of them. But not only did Joan suggest it (which I saw after the fact) but I checked that handy pamphlet “Audrey Grant’s Bridge at a Glance” before I bid, and read the following:

    Raise opener’s minor suit:
    6-10: raise to the two level
    11-12: raise to the three level, a limit raise
    13 or more: start with a new suit, planning to raise later.

    So bidding another suit was actually a way to communicate about the overall strength of our hand, and it was fine to get back to diamonds later.

  52. bid 4NT to partners open; asked for aces and ended in 6D and made 13. Did not asked for Kings, but would not have made any difference. Stopped at 6D as thought it risky to attempt 13. Not sure how to have determined if 13 was possible, with potential Club loser and no way to determine if North had Club King and a bit worried about Spades . Just luck of distribution that 13 was possible.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  53. Profile photo of maryg maryg says:

    Went with 3nt but made 12. I didn’t recognise that a slam was possible even though I had 14 points . Silly me
    Mary
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  54. Profile photo of sallytaffy sallytaffy says:

    Bid 7d and made it – was quite surprised but pleased.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  55. Profile photo of clareo clareo says:

    Clareo
    Ignored all rules and bid from the gut.
    3 d expecting partner to raise to game and she did.
    Considered going higher but lacked the courage, as usual
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P P
    P

  56. Profile photo of buttstogo buttstogo says:

    Played this hand 3 times. 1st in 3D, then in 5 D, then in 7NT. Made 11, then 13, then 13. The club finesse working really made the hand. It was fun working out after the finesse where the lead had to be.
    What a nice hand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    P 5 P 7N
    P P P

  57. Profile photo of ingledene08 ingledene08 says:

    I bid spades after Opening bid then 2 NT on 2nd round ,to show at least 16 points but N passed. I made 12 tricks.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 2N
    P P P

  58. Profile photo of egan egan says:

    Went 6d made 13, would like to do this more often.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P P
    P

  59. went to 6d…..wish they were all this easy
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P P
    P

  60. Profile photo of fayesjs fayesjs says:

    Bid 6 nnt made 13.
    finessed 10c and made rest
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  61. Profile photo of louie2 louie2 says:

    Played in7d and made 13
    Then played 6n making 13 also
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  62. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    On the first try we bid 3NT and made four (4)….., however, after reading what other players bid and played, I decided to try again and this time we bid 6D and made seven (7)…!!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1
    P 2 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P P
    P

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