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Three spades might be the choice of many readers, but this hand is worth too much—19 points in support of spades—for a jump raise.
4 HEARTS—5 PTS.
With anything that resembles a free raise a four-heart contract should be a virtual lay-down. However, there is still the chance that the opposition will offer a contest in diamonds as well as spades, and while the bid of three clubs is given some credit, it provides additional space for opponents to maneuver in finding a fit of their own. I have been rather liberal in my award of three points for the three-heart bid.
6 DIAMONDS—5 PTS.
The maximum award is given for the immediate leap to a slam in diamonds. I recognize that a defense to this contract may exist, but it is important to conceal the situation from the enemy. It is true that a bid of four clubs might-result in reaching a grand slam, if partner has just the right cards, but the direct leap to a slam discloses the least possible vital information. I consider the four-no-trump bid the wrong approach to a slam when a void is held.
2 SPADES—5 PTS.
Top billing goes to the single raise of partner's takeout, a very low award to the re-bid of two hearts. I do not subscribe to the view that a six-card suit should be rebid willy-nilly. This hand has distinct merit in support of a spade call, and it is to be borne in mind that partner is under no pressure to bid. The pass is preferred to two hearts, for spades should be the better contract.