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What should I do when responding to partner's Flannery 2D conventional bid (showing 11-15 points and a 4=5=x=x) hand?

x x   x   A Q x x x x x   10 9 x x x x x

I have a problem.  Do I:

Risk inquiring about minor suit holdings attempting to find a 5:3 fit by going to 2 Notrump?

Sign off in 2 Hearts with a 5-1 fit?

Bid 2 Spades with a 4-2 fit?
 

While your partner holds 4-5 in the majors, you correctly point out the major suit misfit with your disappointing hand. With such a long Diamond suit and working honors (Ace and Queen), actually you should Pass. Yes, this will surprise your partner who likely has 1 or 0 Diamonds (see Rule of Anticipation), but it's your best fit.

Actually, this is the "standard" Flannery treatment with a long Diamond holding.

However, I am troubled by the hand you presented. The distribution is 2=1=7=7!  When you are holding 17 cards, I recommend you call the Director for assistance <grin>  (only teasing - I'm sure your point is that you were loooong in the minors)

 

My second question is:

If the opponents' open a 1D bit and I hold the requirements for a Flannery opening is there a way in which I can convey I wanted to open 2D Flannery?  Bbidding 2D in this auction would indicate a
Michael's Cue Bid.

A fair number of aggressive bidders lighten the typical 5-5 length requirement associated with Michael Cuebid, allowing 4-5 hands with good values in the upper suit (provided the auction is at the two level).   Some well known pros have even stretched this holding a 4-6 pattern, but that is an extreme based on advanced hand valuation, looking for a swing board, etc. 

Provided you and partner play the more liberalized 4-5 method, then indeed you could cuebid 2D to show your Flannery-type hand.  Of course, partner may have 2=2 or 3=2 in the majors and leave you with a 7 card trump fit but life goes on in the competitive arena.   Whoever quipped, "it's the price of poker" should have also considered the plight of Bridge players!

 


 

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