rebid is available. A mere return to two spades is inadequate. A jump to three
spades is not attractive with such a meager trump holding. We would temporize
with a bid of three diamonds. If partner proceeds to three no trump, we relax.
If he re-bids hearts, we return to three spades. If he rebids spades, we go to
PASS—5 PTS. 3 NO TRUMP—3 PTS. 3 DIAMONDS—2 PTS.
While a game is
probably available to your side, it will be difficult at this level to find the
best contract. In view of your club holding, the pass should prove quite
PASS—5 PTS. 4 DIAMONDS—3 PTS. 3 SPADES—2 PTS.
great length of your diamond suit, you should not rebid; and no, we have not
forgotten that partner opened the bidding. The void in partner's suit, plus
your abundance of spades, suggest the advisability of checking out. Partner
apparently did not like your diamond bid, because he refused to reenter the
auction. His side strength is almost surely hearts. Let that bid roll around to
him. He may have some punitive ideas on the subject.
3 NO TRUMP—5 PTS. 2 SPADES OR DOUBLE—3 PTS. 5 DIAMONDS—1 PT.
While there is a
remote chance that your side can make a slam, partner's pass and the opponent's
vulnerable opening bid have had a dampening effect. If partner has nothing (not
a remote contingency), even a game contract in diamonds will be out of
PASS—5 PTS. 5 SPADES—2 PTS. 5 CLUBS 1 PT.
You have already
done your full duty by this hand and should not be unduly influenced by
distributional features you have already described. Your hand is minimum as to
high cards, and you may assume that partner is on notice that you may have a
PASS—5 PTS. ANYTHING ELSE—0 PTS.