#3 East West Vulnerable
North East South West
♠ A J 4 3 2
♥ A Q
♦ K 7 6
♣ A Q 9
I get this question a lot! North holds a balanced 20-21 point hand. These hands should be opened 2NT even with the 5-card major. The idea behind this bid is that the opening lead should come up to, rather than through, a hand this strong.
If North opens 1♥ and South bids 1NT the correct rebid is 3NT – Well now look who is the dummy!
BTW: This same idea applies to hands with 15-17 points and a five-card major. Start with 1NT. Eventually, your partner will learn Puppet Stayman and your partnership will be able to uncover the 5-3 major fit. Until then, you will end up playing 3NT with a 5-3 major fit.
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