To bid or not….

April 27, 2010 at 3:51 am 4 comments

Sorry, we will get back to Michael’s story of the 2010 Last Train, but first a couple of interesting hands from my last match against Cayne.

You are East, playing strong NT, IMPs, all vul you pick up:

sK83
h1AJ10963
d1J9
cJ5

West……North……East……..South
………………………………….Pass
1C……….1D………1H………..3D
3H……….3S……….4H………..4S
Pass……..Pass…..???

What now?

Next, just a few boards later, nil vul and did not ask what 2NT meant!:

sA85
h1 A10874
d1KQ4
cQJ

West………North…….East………South
………………………………………Pass
Pass……….1S……….Dble……..2NT
3H………….4S………???

The full story tomorrow.

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This is something you don’t see every day. To bid or not, the full deals.

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peter Gill  |  April 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    The first one – I Dbl and lead a club, but am very worried that they will make and that my lead could be wrong. With 6-4, partner might well have jumped to 4H.

    On the 2nd one, I bid 5H, again with serious concerns. Either contract might make. At least I don’t have a lead problem this time.

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  • 2. khokan  |  April 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I bid 5H on the first hand, as 4S looks a likley make, given the opponents’ double fit and no bad breaks.

    I wouldn’t be in this position in the second problem, as I would have overcalled 1NT, “wrong” spade stopper notwithstanding. The hand isn’t good enough to double and convert 2C to 2H, while the poor suit and flat shape argue against a 2H overcall.

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  • 3. Chris Mulley  |  April 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I used to routinely double with the first hand a few years ago … and more often than not when I was playing against people who could follow suit, they made an overtrick.

    I bid 5H now, and routinely write down a smaller negative number.

    For the second one I am also bidding 5H. Presuming that 2NT was not some kind of spade raise (and it hasn’t been alerted), partner should have 5+ hearts, a bit of shape (possibly a spade singleton on the auction), but not too many HCP. All of that points towards not much defence for us. OK, it also points to not much offence. Still, my guess is 4S is making and 5H is down 1 or 2. I will let them play 5.

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  • 4. phil markey  |  April 27, 2010 at 10:16 am

    pass and double (leading a low spade)

    i think 5 hearts is insane on either hand

    naturally tempted to double the first hand but the 3 spade bid looks serious – either 4 spades makes or its only the 1 off

    there is a rat somewhere on the second hand – easier to smell at the table but my cyber nose says its north getting excited with a third seat opening – it might make but i also think it might go a bunch off

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