Set 36Results


Author: Larry Cohen
Date of publish: 06/26/2018
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Results for Set 36

 
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#1) East deals, Both Vul.

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

 
Scores for Board 1:
7NT: 10

7?/?: 8
6NT: 6
6?/?: 5
5NT: 3
5?/?: 2

 

What should East open? I think the hand is too strong for 2NT. I like 2? followed by either 2NT or 3?. (Even 2? then 2NT isn't necessarily doing justice to this powerful trick-taking hand). If East does open 2?, it is easy to reach six, but not as easy to reach the near laydown (needing no worse than 5-1 ?) grand slam.

 

#2) South deals and opens 2?, nobody vul.

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



Deal 2 Scores:

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

 

West starts with a takeout double and East might bid a conservative 3NT which might end the auction. If playing Lebensohl, East might have various options (starting with either 2NT or a cue-bid) to show his extras. In spite of holding 33 HCP, many East-West pairs will find it hard to reach slam.

 

 

#3) West Deals, Nobody Vul.

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

 

Deal 3 Scores: 

5?:10
4?: 7

3?: 6
4?: 5
2NT: 4
3NT: 1

 

After 1?-1?-1NT, it is easy to see East lazily bidding 3NT without exploring alternatives. Maybe "lazy" is unfair--why would East want to give away information about West's hand if he is ending in 3NT anyway? Still, that singleton diamond might tempt East to go another route--showing the ? support. However, this will depend on methods--how does East show a GF (or an invite?") in clubs? Typically, he would have to bid the new minor (2?) and then follow with 3? (forcing).

 

 

#4) West deals, Nobody Vul.

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



Board 4 Scores:

6?:10
6?: 9

7?: 8

5?: 6
5NT: 5
6NT: 4

5?: 4
7?/NT: 1

 

After 1?-2?, West should rebid only 2? (assuming 2/1 GF). East now bids 2NT (though some might use a fast-arrival jump to 3NT to show a minimum). After 1?-2?-2?-2NT, West is worth a quantitative 4NT. Will East make a move (based on his good diamonds)? Not likely.

 

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