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The Right Formality

In a semi-final match in the Senior World Championships, you have to choose whether or not to open a borderline strong 1!C.

N-S vul, East deals. As North, you hold:

If you open 1!S and partner responds 1NT, you can bid 2NT. This will show a maximum non-1!C opening with a good 6-card spade suit. Partner can then ask about your shortness if he so chooses.

If you open 1!C, partner will be making a positive response on pretty much any 8-count, since his hand is already limited by…

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