Set 34Results


Author: Larry Cohen
Date of publish: 01/22/2018
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Results for Set 34

 
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#1) West deals, Nobody Vul.

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

 

 

 

 

Scores for Board 1:

6?/?:10
5?/?:7
3NT:3
7?/?:2

 

Slam in either major is excellent. Declarer can take a safety play by laying down the ?A first to guard against a singleton offside king. Only if the ?KJ are offside tripleton (or fourpleton--if that is a word), will slam fail. What should East respond after West's 1? opening? He can upgrade his hand to 2? if playing 2/1 GF and slam will almost surely be reached. Playing "Standard" East has an easier 2? bid--this is one deal where "Standard" could work out better than 2/1 GF for slam bidding.

 

#2) South opens 1? and rebids 2?, E-W Vul.

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

 

 

 



Deal 2 Scores:

5?:10

4?:7

6?:5

3NT:4

 

Given South's bidding, clubs are unlikely to come in (making 3NT and 6? poor bets). After West's takeout double of 1?, East has a choice between an off-shape 1NT (which would get the values/stopper across) or a more pedestrian 2?. In either event, West will have enough to act again over South's 2?. I think it is most likely for East-West to steer into 3NT rather than to reach the better club game.

 

#3) East deals, Both Vul, South bids spades

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

 

 

 

 

Deal 3 Scores:

6?:10
6?:8
5?:6
5?:4
3NT: 2

 

I love 2/1 GF auctions, so would be one of the few to respond 2? with the West hand (after East's 1?). East will now rebid 2? (I like to pattern out after 1?-2?). West can splinter to 3?, after which East might offer a 4? control-bid. After this aggressive start, the good slam is likely to be reached. Over the more common 1?-1?-2?, it isn't clear West will try for slam. Slam is good because if either red-suit king is onside (75%), declarer is in great shape.

 

 

#4) West deals, South bids diamonds and North raises, E-W Vul.

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

 

 

 



Board 4 Scores:

3NT/5?:10
Partscores: 5
4?:4
4NT:1

West is strong enough for 2?, but without any special gadgets, it is hard to describe the 6-4 shape (and get both suits in). If West opens 1? , East is a bit heavy for a weak jump-shift to 2? (not exactly what West would like to hear). If West does open 1?, he will likely insist on 3NT--but East might not be so willing. With the spade finesse likely onside, game is decent.

 

 

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