Set 35 Results


Author: Larry Cohen
Date of publish: 03/09/2018
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Results for Set 35

 
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#1) North opens 2?, E-W Vul.

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

 
Scores for Board 1:

7?:10
6?:8
6NT:7

6?:6
6?:5

7NT:4
Games: 3
7?:2

 

East might bid a direct 3? if the partnership plays it as stopper-asking. West has a stopper, but way too much strength to bid only 3NT. Figuring on running diamonds opposite, he will want to drive to at least 6? (maybe via 4? or Blackwood). East may just overcall 3?, over which West should bid 3? (he can still reach 3NT if his partner bids 3? over 3?). East might also double at his first turn, which might have West thinking about a heart slam. This one has no clear route --nor a clearly correct contract.

 

#2) East deals, Both Vul.

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


Deal 2 Scores: 

5?:10
4?:7
3?:4
4?:2

West is not good enough to open 1? planning to bid hearts twice. Over his 1? opening, the auction will likely continue: 1?-2?-?? East might pass, or could take a false preference to 2? or even raise to 3?. This is not an easy game to reach.

 

#3) West Deals, Nobody Vul.

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

 

Deal 3 Scores: 

4? = 10

5? = 7

3? = 6

4?= 5

 

After 1?-1?-2?, East has two main choices: rebid hearts, or support diamonds (either to 2 or 3). I think 2? is the most likely action. After this, West should offer 3?, which East will likely raise to the decent game.

 

 

 

#4) East deals, Both Vul.

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



Board 4 Scores:

3? = 10

4? = 7

2? = 6

3? = 5

2NT = 5
4? = 4

2?= 4

3NT=2

 

After 1?-1?-2?, West might pass (conservative) or bid 2NT (aggressive).  If he passes, a good contract is reached. If he bids 2NT, might East try 3? next (quite optimistic)? In either case, E-W will do well to stay out of game.

 

 

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