Monday Bridge 7 October 2019

Hi All,

A nice warm October day. Congratulations to Janet and Virginia (69%) and Rick and Margie (67%) for high scores for the day. You've all done very well. 

Next week we'll start Slam Bidding. Don't miss it! Yes, we are playing on Columbus Day.

Check back tomorrow and Wednesday for comments on today's boards.

Skip will discuss 4-way transfers at 10:30 this Thursday.

See you next time.


PS Comments added to boards 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 13 and 19.

This is a nasty board. East has a scad of points, but it doesn't fit anywhere. He doesn't have a balanced hand and if he plans to bid Spades, he doesn't really have enough for a 2-Club opening.

Let's suppose East opens 1 Spade. If South passes, West must respond 1 No Trump and East will force to game with 3 Diamonds. West will probably choose 3 No Trump, which will make if North misses the killing lead of the 10 of Hearts.

If South instead overcalls 2 or 3 Hearts, however, West will have to pass. East is forced to compete in the blind and will probably end up in some number of Diamonds.

If East pretends that he has 6 Spades and 23 points, he can open 2 Clubs. West will respond 2 Diamonds, waiting, and East will rebid 2 Spades. West will trust his partner and raise to 4 Spades and it will make for a good score. West may never trust his partner again, however.

Again, a nasty board.

South hopes to find a suit fit, so opens 1 Diamond with his minimum. North has a good hand, so forces with 1 Heart to make partner describe his hand. South rebids 2 Hearts to show his support and 13-16 points. North reevaluates in Hearts as 20 points and ponders slam. He would like to know if partner has an Ace or two and would also like to know if he has extra strength, say 15-16 points.

North can't see how to check both Aces and strength and must choose between settling for game, checking the Aces and assuming that partner will have extra values if he has an Ace, or inviting with 5 Hearts and assuming that partner will have an Ace if he has extra values. I was called to two tables to help. One table asked me what to do and I suggested the last. He bid 5 Hearts and partner passed with her minimum. Declarer made an overtrick, making me look bad. The second table suggested Blackwood and I said go ahead. When partner showed an Ace, she bid 6 Hearts. Declarer went down, making me look bad again.

I still like the invitation, but what do I know?

The only games are 4 Spades and 3 No Trump. Everyone was in Spades. Four pairs bid the game with two pairs making an overtrick and two pairs going down. How should it go?

West opens 1 Spades and East responds 2 Diamonds to show his 10 ir more points and best suit.West jumps to 3 Spades to show his 6-card suit and 17 or more points. East raises to game with his adequate support and plenty of points. A Heart, Diamond or Club lead helps declarer, so let's suppose he leads the 7 of Spades.. Declarer stops to count and plan.

Declarer sees 8 Top tricks; 6 Spades and 2 Hearts. He can establish 1 Club trick and hopes for two. Declarer plays low from dummy, South plays the Jack and declarer wins with the Ace. He draws trumps, leads to the Ace of Hearts and cashes the King, discarding a Diamond loser. He then leads another Club and when the Jack pops up, he has his game without the need to finesse.

South opens 1 Club and North responds 1 Spade. South rebids 2 Clubs to show 6 or more Clubs and 13-16 points. North raises to 3 No Trump and makes a bunch for the top. The game in Clubs pales in comparison.

East opens 1 No Trump and West decides to look for a Spade fit before he bids 3 No Trump. He bids 2 Clubs, Stayman, and East responds 2 Hearts. West shows his points with 3 No Trump and East corrects to 4 Spades. Declarer should get 3 Spade tricks, 3 Hearts, 1 Diamond, 2 Clubs and a Heart ruff in hand or a Club ruff in dummy.

South opens 1 Heart and North has a big hand. He responds 1 Spade to force partner to describe his hand and South downgrades his doubleton in partner's suit and rebids 2 Hearts to show his 6-card suit and 13-16 points. North sees a fit and enough points for slam with partner now having at least 16 points, so considers slam. With distribution points involved, partner could conceivably be missing two Aces, so he jumps to 4 No Trump, Blackwood, to check. South responds 5 Hearts and North raises to 6 Hearts. It makes with an overtrick for the top. Good job, Bobbie Sue!

North opens 1 Diamond and South responds 1 Heart. North rebids 2 Diamonds to show his 6-card suit and 13-16 points. South stops to think. He can jump to 3 Hearts to show his 6-card suit and 10 or more points, but partner may have to pass that with a minimum and poor support. If he's going to be in Hearts, he counts 13 points opposite partner's opening bid and a second fit in Diamonds. He's pretty sure of 6 tricks and partner likely has 4 for his opening bid and 6-card suit. He jumps to 4 Hearts and it makes for the top.

This bid is not a sure thing (he might get a 7-0 trump split), but it seems like a reasonable try. 

West opens 1 Spade and East responds 2 Diamonds to force partner to describe his hand. West stops to consider whether to jump to 3 Spades to show his 6-card suit and 17 or more points or to jump-shift to 3 Hearts to show his two suits, 19 or more points and to force to game. He decides that partner is not going to pass with his 10 points, so chooses the more descriptive 3 Spades. East now counts 14 points in support of Spades and knows that his Spade support will make partner stronger, at least 20 points. Since he may have a Club or Diamond loser, he decides to check if partner has the missing Ace. He jumps to 4 No Trump and, when partner bids  5 Diamonds, stops to think again. 

With all the Aces, should he check for Kings to try for the grand slam? He decides that he shouldn't do that if he can't count 13 tricks. Even if partner has all the Kings, he can't be sure of that. He bids 6 Spades and it makes for a top. To make 13 tricks, he must go against "9 never" and take the Spade finesse. Too risky for a grand slam.

Good job, Sherry and Darrell!