Sitting in South, what do you bid in response to your partner’s double?
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This bid shows both majors and indicates a plan to bid RKC (Roman Key Card) after partner’s response. It keeps all options open for slam or even a grand slam.
While this bid is very safe, it seems too timid. It will likely become the final contract, but you are missing a great opportunity to bid higher and potentially make a slam.
This is a good bid to ask partner if they have extras, but it can be unclear for partner when to bid 6 hearts. The grand slam will likely not be reached if partner has a good hand.
This bid is a waste of a great major suit fit and won’t be rewarded.
So, in total bidding:
3 diamonds – double – pass – 4 diamonds – pass – 4 spades – pass – 4 NT – pass – 5 diamonds (0/3) – 5 NT (asking for specific kings and a grand slam try) – pass – 6 hearts (king of hearts) – pass – 7 spades. With all key cards and the king of hearts, this hand is well-suited for taking 13 tricks.
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