Set 10Results

Author: Larry Cohen
Date of publish: 12/01/2015
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Results for Set 10

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Board 1, East deals, nobody vulnerable

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





Scores for Board 1:

4?: 10
3?: 5
2NT: 3
3NT: 2

After West's third seat 1?, East has a dilemma. Should he show his spades, or raise hearts? If he does raise hearts, is he too strong for 2?? There is no "right" answer. A third-seat opener is sometimes based on a four-card suit, so that might argue in favor of a 1? response. After that, West might scrape up a 3? rebid (a slight overbid), which East will surely raise to game. If West rebids only 2?, East should still raise to 3?. One reason is that a 3rd seat 1? followed by 2? should show a decent opener (otherwise West could open with a heavy 3rd seat weak two). If East raises hearts via Drury, West will jump to 4? (no reason to look for slam opposite a passed hand). If East raises to only 2?, West is worth a try which East should accept. I think this is one of the easier problems in this feature.

Board 2, West deals, both vulnerable

?A 8 7 5 2
?A K
?J 8 6 5 2
?Q 8 7 5 3
?A 7 5
?A K Q 7





Scores for Board 2:

7?: 10
3N: 8
4?: 5
5?: 3

Some players open 1? with 5-5 in the blacks, but 1? is the more common treatment. After 1?-2? (assuming 2/1 GF) , West should rebid 3? (I don't believe in playing this as showing extra values). If East now bids 3NT, well,...I can't say anything kind. My buddy David Berkowitz would call that a "truck-driver" bid. Sorry, truck drivers. At the least, East could punt/temporize with 3?, but I think he should bid 4?. If I had one bid for my life over 3? with East's hand, it would be 6?. After 1?-2?-3?-4?, the auction could enter never-never land. Is 4? now by West a control-bid or an offer to play? Only experienced partnerships will have an agreement. Note: In this feature I try to give guidance for the first few rounds of the auction. To discuss the high-level subtleties, I'd need to give up my day job and find more time.

Board 3, West deals, nobody vulnerable

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





Scores for Board 3:

6N (West) : 10
6? (West): 9
6? (West): 7
6? (East): 6
6NT (East) :
5?: 3

After West opens 1?, East could respond 2? if playing it as strong. If undiscussed, discuss it after this deal, but bid 1? at the table to avoid an accident. With 6-4, West should show his second suit--2?. East is too strong to simply jump to 4?. He should bid 2? (fourth suit game forcing). West could then bid notrump (hearts stopped), but I prefer the more-descriptive call of 3?--to show 6-4. Some pairs play that going A-B-A with 6-4 shows extras (with less they go A-A-B). Anyway, East now bids 3? and West will admit to hearts stopped with 3NT. So, I expect this start: 1?-1?-2?-2?-3?-3?-3NT. I usually don't go "7-bids-deep" in my predictions. I'll quit while the quitting is good, but will say that it is not easy to reach the top spot.

Board 4, East deals, nobody vulnerable

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





Scores for Board 4:


I feel strongly that East should open 1NT. To read my thoughts, click here. However, the downside of 1NT comes here if all West can do is use Stayman. After 1N-2?-2? what will happen? If West can bid 3? forcing, East will rebid hearts and now the heart game is reached. If West rebids 3NT (see my "truck-driver" discussion on board 2), East will have no reason to bid again. Some pairs use Puppet Stayman whereby West can ask about a 4- or 5-card major--making it easy to reach 4?, but making it tougher on the system memory. Responses to 1NT is probably the most complicated part of the convention card to fill out. 


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