Bidding a strong hand over a preempt
Ray and I played last night and afterwards all the discussion centered on one hand. The result wasn’t the problem.
With everyone not vulnerable West opened 2H
Ray held S A87 H AQ D AJ104 C AJ63
He was too strong to bid 2NT. His choices were 3NT or double. We don’t have anything specifically in our notes about 3NT. With Isabelle I play either strong or tricks and then 4C asks:
4NT minimum 18-19
Suit natural (source of tricks)
There are some other continuations too. Ray and I do play this over a 3 level preempt though.
Anyway he doubled and I surprised him with 3S. Does this promise five spades or just four. Is it forcing. I could bid 2NT Lebensohl first and then bid 3S what is the difference. With Isabelle I play that the direct bid is invitational and the slow approach is a GF. I suppose it doesn’t matter which way you go. Of course this bid isn’t available to you with hearts over 2S (weak).
Without discussion I would assume it is invitational. I don’t see why you couldn’t have a four card suit. You can force with a cuebid on an invitational hand. Ray temporized with 4H. His idea was that if I bid 4S he would try 5S (how good are your spades). Over 4H I bid 5C showing slam interest and Ray just bid 6S.
I held S QJ10964 H 83 D K7 C K108
Obviously we need some discussion here but I would interested in your comments too.