A: 2S. Partner has double strength (looks like 4+ D,H,S and 10+ HCP). But West has opening strength and East has enough to say to put in his own bid. So I’m inferring that partner’s holdings are not extremely strong. That said, if partner has at least 4 hearts, and at least 10 HCP, we should be able to make game in hearts. Thus, I am recommending 2S to force game, then rebidding hearts when I can. I wouldn’t want to bid 2H, and have all pass. I also thought about me doubling. Does it show 8+ points and length in the two unbid suits? I considered Double, 2H, 4D, 4H, 5D.
B. Pass. First instinct is pass. We have support in clubs and values there, but almost nothing else to add to the conversation. He didn’t have 2C opening strength, therefore I don’t think we have enough for game. So I stay silent now, and if opponents get competitive I can jump back in later. But we are vulnerable, too. Also considered a preemptive 5C.
C. 3H. First instinct is 2 hearts. I interpret opener to have a minimum opener with 5+H (likely 5) and some strength in diamonds. Feels like we are close to game strength, but likely don’t have it. Would 3 hearts communicate the doubleton and invitational strength? I feel like I may be making up my own meaning for 3 hearts (secondary support and invitational strength is what I intend). 3C seems too strong to force game.
D. 4NT. Considered leaving the double in, but not vulnerable feels like it won’t be profitable enough. The most straightforward bid seems to be 3NT, but I guess it may be insufficient because we might have slam aspirations. 4NT is said to be natural, and presumably slam invitational. 4S must also indicate a spade stopper and some substantial strength. And I like it because it likely also shows support for any suit.
E. 2S. Can’t leave the double in. Hearts is our longest suit, but we have support for opener’s original major. Seems straightforward.
F. Pass. Feels like this has to be a pass. Tempting to double again and have partner decide if we should defend, go for our own game or sacrifice.
G. 4NT (or whatever would initiate RKCB). If partner has Kc, Qc then we should have a small slam. If he also has the Ah, we likely have a grand slam. With RKCB, I should be able to find all of those out. And if he has neither the Kc or Ah, then he bids 5c (right?), in which case, I pass and we are in 5c.
H. 3h. Has to be the king of diamonds, right? Kc has to be inferior. 9s feels neutral at best. Decent consideration for the 3h because hearts may be distributed 4-4-4-1, and partner may be able to drive out the hearts and have me run away with clubs or diamonds? Okay, maybe I talked myself into the 3h.