You’ve got opening strength with a pretty diamond suit. Partner opens 1C and you respond 1D. Then partner makes a double jump to 4D. How do you respond?
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Great answers - thank you to all left comments below.
I agree with most of you - here are my thoughts:
Let’s think about the auction so far. Partner opened the bidding and jumped to 4D. This is absolutely forcing to game. If partner wanted to merely invite me to game, she could bid 3D or 1NT (not 2NT as it is forcing).
So what kind of hand will partner have to force me to game when I have only shown 6 points and a 4-card diamond suit?
Firstly, partner’s hand must be very unbalanced. With a balanced hand, partner is going to bid notrumps rather than support a minor suit. Secondly, partner is very strong. Partner is happy to be in game when I can be really weak and, given that I have a great hand, I am not just settling for game. I’m definitely off to a small slam at least.
I can't imagine a hand where partner doesn’t have 2 aces.My primary concern is whether to bid a grand slam and whether we should be in notrumps or diamonds. I’d like to be able to ask partner for kings and not worry about aces but I can't! (As an aside, asking for kings should only be used if you are looking for a grand slam.)
So, without doubt, 6D is the safest contract but most of the time 6NT will make as well. Personally I would just bid 6NT. But, if you really are paranoid about missing 2 aces, you can bid 4NT first and then choose 6D or 6NT.
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