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More Flight C’s

Or, round #6.

Board #25 — I hold  S: 84
 H: QJ32
 D: A876
 C: K93. (E-W vul). I’m in second seat, and pass after north. South opens 2 Spades (weak) and it passes all the way back to me. I’d present this as a problem, but I don’t think there’s any debate. I balance with a double. Partner is marked with 10+ points, and probably more. Anyway, partner bid 3 clubs …



 S:A2
 H:8764
 D:QT2
 C:T874

 S:T76
 H:AT
 D:K543
 C:AQ65


 S:84
 H:QJ32
 D:A876
 C:K93

 S:KQJ953
 H:K95
 D:J9
 C:J2

3 Clubs making was 8 points. I have no idea why the auction wasn’t repeated throughout the entire room. (Some enterprising EW may have even gotten to diamonds). But the fact is that I took a position the rest of the field didn’t like. Seems to me to be a LAW of total tricks issue … and if partner happens to have 4 spades, double will also work out just fine…

Board #26.

I’ll show you a hand, you tell me the final contract:



 S:AKQ7
 H:9
 D:AKJ5
 C:QJT6

 S:532
 H:AQT7
 D:Q9864
 C:9


 S:T96
 H:KJ8643
 D:7
 C:854

<IMG SRC = http://gaming.powerblogs.com/files/spades.gif ALT =" S:"J84
 H:52
 D:T32
 C:AK732

East is dealer. Both vul.

Please check your incredulity at the door. N/S played 1NT. I (as East) didn’t want to preempt,so I passed and after North opened 1 club I still didn’t see any reason to do anything. South bid 1NT and North had a huge mental lapse and passed. My partner found the heart 7 lead and we managed to untangle our heart tricks. -80 is another top.

Another guess the contract:

South dealer, none vul.



 S:AK9632
 H:T84
 D:Q
 C:J62

 S:8
 H:K62
 D:T642
 C:AKT85


 S:J7
 H:A973
 D:AK83
 C:Q97

 S:QT54
 H:QJ5
 D:J975
 C:43

Our table went

South Betsy North Me
--------------------
P     P     2S    X
3S    4C    Float

Precision bidding or just luck? Probably both. We got a 6.5, but this table is interesting for the (flight A) pair who managed to play in Four spades, E-W, redoubled. There’s a story here, but I haven’t been able to piece it together. Anyway, since one E-W pair scored 3400 points, our +130 had to settle for 6.5.

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Written by taogaming

April 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Posted in Bridge

4 Responses

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  1. Questions:
    Board #26 – WTF? North passing on 1NT? Is there some convention where Souths 1NT bid meant “I have a balanced distribution with 0 HCP”? If not, how could that ever get passed? This really bothers me. To my inexperienced eye it looks like most boards would have been 5C bid and made, right? (Also you are missing Souths Jxx in spades)

    Board #27 – Can you explain the 3400 points in more detail? I can’t work out where that high a total comes from.

    Lou

    April 30, 2009 at 10:22 am

  2. #25 – One way that auction might not have been repeated is if South chooses to open a light 1S in third seat. If North then bids 1NT and it gets passed around to West, she might feel she is unable to take an action, without a suit and no tolerance for Hearts.

    #26 – I actually think N-S makes 6 Clubs: four Spade tricks, two Diamonds, five Clubs, and a Heart ruff in dummy. As to how they get there, well, scientific bidding might reveal South’s stacked Clubs. But the best way might be if E-W helps them. Over North’s 1C bid, I could see East bidding 2H. It’s risky while red, but off that auction it feels right to me. Once that bid is made, E-W will obviously sacrifice, the question is, how high? A 5H bid isn’t out of the question and that might push E-W into their cold 6C contract. Giving the bidding shenanigans you’re describing, none of that sounds too unlikely.

    #27 – The bidding went exactly how I would have predicted. So I think you guys bid it right and were rewarded with a good score.

    Larry Levy

    April 30, 2009 at 11:06 am

  3. Regarding Board #26 — I did say in the first article that

    Tonight’s session contained a bestiary of odd hands, bizarre contracts, fumbles, flusters, what-the-hells

    That’s one of the latter. North actually mumbled something about being worried about hearts, but if she just bids her hand (by 2S over 1NT) then they’ll probably find six clubs.

    Down six, vulnerable is 1700 points (200,5,8,11,14,17). Then redoubled…down six because EAST-WEST were in four spades.

    Brian

    April 30, 2009 at 1:27 pm

  4. OMG. Okay, yeah, you have to get that story, I’m sure it’ll be educational. It sounds like the splinter gone wrong situation you had in the last post.

    Lou

    April 30, 2009 at 5:06 pm


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