Set 08Results


Author: Larry Cohen
Date of publish: 09/29/2015
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Results for Set 8

 
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#1) East deals, nobody vulnerable

?K Q 9 2
?K J 5
?10 9 8 4
?Q 7
  ?A 3
?A 9 4
?K
?A K J 9 6 5 3

 

 

 

 

Score for Board 1:

6?:10
4NT: 7
5?: 5
5NT: 4

East will likely open 1? (some will try 2?). After 1?, West rates to bypass the diamonds to respond 1?. Now East has a tough rebid problem. He is too strong for 3?, so might reverse into 2? (nobody likes reverse auctions, though). He could also choose to rebid 3NT which shows a good hand with long clubs. Without a 2? opening bid, it is difficult to reach the laydown club slam.


#2) West deals, both vulnerable

?Q 8
?K Q J
?A K 10 8 3
?7 6 3
  ?A K 6 5 2
?A 10 4 3
?--
?A K J 2

 

 

 

 


Scores for Board 2:

7?:10
6?: 9
6NT: 8
6?: 7
7NT: 5
7?: 4
5?: 3
5NT: 2
5?: 1

Really, I should award 11 for 7?, but I don't give out anything more than 10. In hearts, declarer can ruff a spade and will fail only with horrific splits. If spades are 3-3, 6NT will likely get most of the matchpoints for 1470. West opens 1NT and East has quite a hand to bid. Some will start with a transfer to spades, but I prefer Stayman. After 1N-2?-2?, East has to show a forcing hand with 5? and 4?. In Standard, that would be via 3?; with Smolen it would entail a 3? bid.  Surely, East will insist on slam, but I see no good route to 7?


#3) West deals, North then bids 2?, nobody vulnerable

?A 4
?Q J 7 6
?A 10 8 4 3
?A 2
  ?Q J 10 7 3
?A
?K Q J 9 7
?9 5

 

 

 

 


Scores for Board 3:

6?:10
5?: 8
4?: 7
7?: 6
3NT: 4

I don't like opening 1NT with 2 doubletons, yet I would open West's hand with 1NT. Why? Because with 5 diamonds and 4 hearts, I am afraid of the auction starting 1?-1? (by partner). Then, I have no rebid (can't reverse, can't rebid the 5-card diamonds, can't lie with 1NT). So, I'd rather get it off my chest that I have 15-17 "balanced." Over a Natural 2? overcall, I recommend System On. East bids 2? to transfer to spades, then bids diamonds. This will turn West on! Maybe after some control-bids, East-West can sail into the top spot. If West opens 1?, East will bid 2? after the overcall and support diamonds later, maybe also resulting in the diamond slam.

#4) West deals, Both vulnerable, South bids spades.

?A 7 5
?K J 10 3
?J
?K Q 10 8 3
  ?9 2
?A Q 4
?A K 9 7 4
?J 5 2

 

 

 

 

Scores for Board 4:

4?:10
5?: 9
3?: 6
4?: 5
3NT: 4
6?: 1

After 1?-Pass-1?-1?, West should pass. East will reopen with a card-showing double and West will bid 2?. After this start, East-West could easily stumble into the superb 4-3 heart fit. However, East is likely to punt with 2? over which West will admit to a spade stopper with 2NT. Will East now raise to 3NT? If so, he will finish -100 off 4 spades and the ?A. Yes, East-West could luck out if the ?A is with North. Keep wishing.

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