A situation you’ve never been in before, concluded.

April 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm 4 comments

The question was, what to do, not vul vs vul, with this hand:

A9
QJ74
K1083
A72

RHO, Versace, opens 1S and you double. Two spades on your left, 3D (should be five) from partner, 3S on your right.

It is the last board of the match and you are 2 IMPs up.

The whole deal:

NORTH

sQJ842
h1AK952
d1J9
cJ

WEST

sK63
h1103
d1AQ7654
c108

EAST

sA9
h1QJ74
d1K1083
cA72

SOUTH

s1075
h186
d12
cKQ96543

In our room 3S went down one for +100. In the other room West opened 2D. 2S by North, 3NT on my cards and 4S by South, passed out for +200 and 3 IMPs to Cayne, who therefore won by one IMP!

See you tomorrow, where we look at a bridge book of sorts with free copies on offer.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. phil markey  |  April 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    i blame west

    in my system west is a clear opener – it would be a weak 1nt (i am dying for someone to tell me this is light for a weak 1nt opening) and after some likely nebulous interfernce fron north east has an easy 3nt bid and we bolt in the match

    as bid west is at least a trick and a half better than he might be for a meek 3 diamonds – i think west should bid 3nt over 2 spades – a nice value bid

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    • 2. cathychua  |  April 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      I hadn’t been thinking about blame, but I must say, I do like 3NT over 2S…it is, after all, a 7 trick hand opposite DK for starters.

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      • 3. khokan  |  April 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm

        I’m with Phil and Cathy. While 3NT could be wrong, it seems the value bid and sends the right message, i.e., a hand with a long, strong, minor (not a hand that forgot to open).

        It’s possible to construct a hand consistent with a 3D bid that makes game good, e.g., xx K10x Axxxxx xx. However, game seems odds-against with the east hand.

        Seamus had a very bidding problem in the 1997 Trials, holding:

        Kx 10xx xx AQ10xxx

        The auction proceeded:

        N E S W
        P 1S X 3S (weak)
        ?

        Seamus bid 3NT. I bid 6D with:

        x AQx AKQ10xxxx x

        This contract made on a heart lead, even though the SA and CK were offside.

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    • 4. Chris Mulley  |  April 15, 2010 at 9:40 am

      Not light … a bit strong on playing strength for a weak NT, but probably has about the right amount of defence. šŸ™‚

      I might have opened weak in diamonds (at this vulnerability, probably 3D as it doesn’t look much like my normal 2D opening at this vul) – I tend to play sound 1-level openings.

      I agree that I would like West to find 3NT over 2S. Perhaps that is why numerous responder either explicitly or implicitly felt that this was a partscore hand – if 3NT was making, we assumed that partner would have already bid it.

      Reply

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