VS: Vikor Solution. I have 16 developments now, all of them are published on this homepage. My original developments are all signed with this sign, Sometimes I develop new solution of a hardly negotiable situation of another player's world class development. Normally, it should happen with the agreement of the author. This time I don't have it, because I didn't find a way to reach Mr. Kokish. I hope, he would have liked my extension. Anyway, I didn't change his idea. 🙂
This time I suggest a solution for a common problem, which is pretty undiscussed, even between regular expert partners. The question is: how should we combine Kokish Relay with a heart suit leaded hand after a strong 2♣ opening?
We have to select well, which hand shows ♥ and how, if we bid ♥ directly, and that we should discuss, which hands are including in the Kokish Relay.
The idea is, that we have to agree with partner, that 2♣-2♦-3♥ is at least 11 tricks and a solid heart suit. To that, partner gives us a 1st round control, 3NT is a trump keycard, and 4♥ is negative response, denying 1st round control. If opener is searching a 2nd round contol, he still can give a cuebid to find it.
2♣-2♦-4♥/♠ is showing solid 7+ card suit and 9-9,5 tricks together. This hand is not so strong outside the suit, considering, that we may have maximum 2 Aces and a Queen combined with an Ace outside the suit.
Now w can see, how can we put the heart leaded hands to the Kokish Relay.
|2NT||26+ points, balanced hand. To that we can play the same system as after our 2NT opening|
|3♣||5+♥, 4+♣ 23 + points|
|3♦||5+♥, 4+♦ 23 + points|
|3♥||6+ hearts, not a solid suit, 23+ points|
|3♠||5+♥, 4+♠ 23 + points|
|3NT||solid ♥ suit, exactly 9 tricks, passable|
|4♣||5+♥, at least 5♣, maximum 2,5 losers|
|4♦||5+♥, at least 5♦, maximum 2,5 losers|
|4♥||Around 9-10,5 tricks, solid, but short heart suit, like KQJ10xx and strong hand outside|
|4♠||6+♥, 5 good ♠, maximum 2 losers, not a solid heart suit, because we try to find our spade fit in order to ruff a heart with spade trump.|