Scottish Cup

May 31, 2010 at 6:26 am 3 comments

PS: Comments held over until tomorrow, look forward to your opinions.

You pick up vul vs not, this:

EAST

s
h1
d1A109xxx
cJxxxxxx

It’s the final of Scotland’s most prestigious event. John Holland who plays for England is one of your opponents. It’s towards the end, it’s all awfully close. So you pick up the above hand and see the auction proceed:

WEST….NORTH….EAST….SOUTH
………………………Pass…..1S
Dble……4C……….?

What’s your bid and plan with this lot?

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At the five level. Four card majors Scottish Cup denoument

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ben Thompson  |  June 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    4NT, planning on getting myself to a slam slowly. I expect I’ll whack 6S if they get there.

    4C looks like a game-value splinter, which doesn’t leave enough for a strong heart hand for partner. I reckon North has the long hearts and partner has an actual takeout shape.

    4NT gives partner a bit of licence for mild off-shapeness, and probably transfers declarership to him (which may avoid some opening lead ruffs). It also gives NS a chance to confuse themselves with 5-level competition and ultimately sell out to me at the 6 level in a fit of “have I already overbid?”

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  • 2. phil markey  |  May 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    when its close its always preferable to make the running that way your opponents are left to react in that environment – passing as the dealer acheives the opposite – and – its delusional to think that lurking in the bushes with a 7/6 will get a better score – its giving over to fate rather than choosing to practice some skill

    i bid 5nt and sell to 6 spades

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  • 3. Chris Mulley  |  May 31, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I’m planning on playing this one. I’ll start off with 4NT, to let partner in on the gag that I have both minors, and take things from there.

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