Set 09Results


Author: Larry Cohen
Date of publish: 11/01/2015
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Results for Set 9

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Board 1, West deals, nobody vulnerable, North bids clubs

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

 

 

 

 

Scores for Board 1:

3NT(by West):10
4?: 7
2NT (by West): 6
3NT (by East) 5
3?: 4
2NT (by East): 3

I like to open light, but West's doubleton-queen is of dubious value. Presuming West passes, North opens 1? and East has to decide if he should enter. My motto is, "when in doubt, get in early." Especially since East-West aren't vulnerable, I'd stick my two cents in with a takeout double. Will West do more than jump to 2?? If he bids 2?, surely he will buy it there. This is a difficult combination to evaluate--in effect, all cards are pulling their full weight.  "But Larry, tell us how to get to the right contract?" Sorry--I get asked this often--and sometimes it is just too tough.

Board 2, West deals, both vulnerable

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

 

 

 

 

Scores for Board 2:

5?:10
4?: 7
4?/3N/6?: 5
other partials: 4

After West's 1?, East is not strong enough to respond 2? if playing 2/1 GF. Some pairs have available a 3? response as invitational (over which West would have a tough decision). If East responds with a forcing notrump, West will rebid 2? (wanting to bid 2 1/2 hearts). East is now quite heavy to bid 3?, but without any fancy system tools, I can't see anything else (maybe pass 2??) West would likely pass, East's 3?, leading to a reasonable score of 7 out of 10. Other than 5?, no game is very attractive.

Board 3, Nobody vulnerable, South opens 3? and North bids 4?

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

 

 

 

 


Scores for Board 3:

6?:10
5?: 6
4?X:5
7?: 4

West has no choice but to double 3? and over North's raise, East would like to bid more than 4?. If he bids only 4? West might move again (5? comes to mind) and East will surely bid slam. If East bids 5? the first time (whatever it means--maybe asking for a club control), West will go to slam (maybe via 6?). Seven has play since there are chances in diamonds, spades, or for a squeeze.

Board 4, East-West vulnerable, South deals and opens 1?

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

 

 

 

 

Scores for Board 4:

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

It is never easy to reach a grand slam when the opponents open (it seem like a psyche, if you ask me). After 1?--P--P-- East should start with a double. After a balancing double, West can't insist on game (the balancing could be light), so 2NT (invitational) feels right. Now, East can bid 3? (I am not mentioning ELCD--but some experts will know what I am referring to) if he is sure it shows a good hand with diamonds (forcing). West should not woodenly insist on 3NT (his hearts aren't great and he has a good hand for diamonds). I think from this point it would be good enough for East-West to reach any slam. If anyone reaches 7?, all I can say is "brilliant" (or lucky). Notice that 7NT has great chances since there are 12 top tricks and maybe a 13th on a squeeze (or at worst, a spade finesse). 



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