Unit 149 (WUMBA) - District 13
Review Please 2004
March - May 2004
Waiting for Godot
This is matchpoints and it's a long wait! North opened 1 (precisely), I bid 1NT,
north asked with 2
I bid 2 (8-10 HCP,
hearts, maybe spades), north bid 2NT and since I did not have
spades, I bid 3NT ending the auction.
West led a low diamond won by the ten. I crossed in hearts, took
the club finesse twice, cleared the clubs, ran the hearts and was
left with the spade 9,8 and the diamond K. West had to bare the
diamond king [sic] to avoid a showup in spades, but the position
was obvious to the whole world so I finessed in spades, dropped the
king and made +520 for 6.5/7.
Better lucky than good
This is IMPS and you are not VUL versus VUL. The team you are
playing has more masterpoints than you can imagine and this hand
did not improve their mood. West opened 1 , north passed, east bid 1, west bid 1NT and north doubled!
Typically this bid shows hearts and diamonds but, as you can see,
the heart holding is a little soft. West passed and I bid 2 ending the auction.
This made for +90 and we were not disappointed when our teammates
collected +620 at 4
Bid five of a minor
- 9 6 4 2
- 10 7 6
- A K J 6 3 2
- J 10 7 3
- A K 10 3 2
- A K J 5
More IMPS none VUL. West opened 1 north passed, east bid 3 and I ventured 4 West bid 4 , north raised to 5 , east bid 5 . I doubled this and north was thrilled.
Actually the contract was the same at both tables. However, the
play diverged. North led the club king (ruffed) and west played a
diamond to the queen to lead the heart nine, covered by the jack
and king. Now west led a spade. I won and gave declarer a
ruff/sluff. Declarer ruffed in dummy and carelessly played a heart
to the ten and then cashed the heart ace. Now when I ruffed in I
was able to pull the trumps and run the clubs for down five and
+1100. Our teammates played more carefully and got out for
Take the extra chance
IMPS: At my table the contract was only four hearts so the
defense was not critical. However, at the other table six hearts
was the contract and, as the cards lie, the contract is cold.
- A 6 2
- A K J 10 9 6 5 3
- A K
I led the club queen and declarer took the ace to pitch a spade,
then played trumps and gave me the third round but I was able to
exit in clubs and eventually got a spade trick, making five.
As you can see from the lie of the cards, a club lead is the
only lead to give declarer a problem. At the other table a diamond
was led, declarer played off the heart ace-king and a second
diamond and put west in to concede the contract. However, if a club
is led, after pitching a spade on the ace declarer can take the
extra chance by ruffing a club before pulling trumps. This removes
west exit card. Declarer could duck the opening club lead and ruff
in hand, but this would look stupid if trumps came in and the spade
king were offside.
Ask and find out
This is matchpoints. You (south) open 1 (16+ HCP) and north responds 2 showing 5+ diamonds and 8+
HCP. You ask for trump quality with a bid of 3 and north bids 4 showing 6+ diamonds and two of the top
three honors. I now bid 7 which figures to be ice cold and it was. No other pair
got to the grand. Most played the hand in game but one tried for a
partscore. What's the moral?
Take away blackberry
- 10 8 5 2
- J 10 9
- A 5 2
- Q 10 8
Neither VUL at IMPS. North opened 2 and east bid 3 (this is something). I made the delicate
call of 5 which is
above the level of 4NT. West doubled but east pulled to 5 (a good idea). All passed
and six was easy.
Listen to the bidding
These are the north and south spade holdings. It's matchpoints
and west has bid 2NT over south's 1 opening. You pull trumps and west follows to two
rounds. How many spades do you think west holds? Answer: one or
none. You play the spade ace and west follows with the seven. What
next? Unfortunately the spots are not in your favor, but lead the
eight and if a sleepy east fails to cover, run it and score an
- A Q 10 8
- A 10 4 3
- K Q J 7 3
How would you bid these hands at IMPS? We got to 3NT (yuk!) and
made six! 4 was
down! (how?) at the other table.
June - September 2004
Use your machinery
Precision makes this hand easier to bid. South opens 1 and north responds 3 (4–7 HCP oops!
and 7+ clubs). If north had an ace, you could bid a grand slam but
you settle for 6(after bidding blackberry natch) and get a big pickup when the
score was +680 at the other table.
- 9 8 6 4 3 2
- J 8 5 4 2
- 8 3
- 10 9 6 3
- A K J 5 4
- Q 8 4 2
You are VUL at matchpoints and east opened in third seat with
1. South overcalled
2 and west made a
limit raise to 3.
When the bidding came back to south she made the doubtful call of
3 and opted to
correct the call to 4. I (west) doubled to punish partner for opening the bidding
and north tried the SOS redouble. NS were not on the same
wavelength and south passed and the result was –4000 and 8/8
matchpoints (surprise!) for us.
On another occasion my RHO opened 1 and I overcalled 2 with a 3-1-8-1 pattern. This went around to
my RHO who doubled, passed to my partner who pulled out the SOS
redouble. Which one card suit would you like to bid? I passed and
the result was –200 for a soft result.
Moral: take the redouble cards out of your bidding box.
You are VUL at IMPS. The bidding with no interference goes
1 – 1 – 2 – 4NT – 5 – 5NT –
6 – 6.
West led the club five, won in hand, and the idea is to make the
contract. If diamonds were 3–2, the hand would be cold so I
played the diamond ace and king, getting the bad news. Now there is
nothing to do but drive out the diamond queen and hope the heart
finesse works or a black suit squeeze develops against west (this
seems more likely since west appears to have four clubs and if he
has the heart queen, that will be additional pressure. The hand
came down to:
Dummy had to discard after west had thrown a bunch of hearts.
The position seemed to be that west was protecting the black suits
so I played the spade ace, king and a ruff (this would leave west
with the only spade protection on a different lie of the spot
cards). Then the AK of hearts squeezed west. This gained 11 IMPS
when the south hand did not open at the other table and
north’s 2NT opening was just raised to three.
The empire strikes back
You bid smartly to 6NT and this contract looks like all it needs
is the club king onside. However, the big rat on your left leads
the diamond six. You try the nine but that is covered by the jack
and ace and suddenly you are in deep trouble. I tried a second
diamond to the four, ten and king and east returned a high club
spot suggesting that the king was onside. However, there was
nothing to do but to win the club ace and start running spades.
West actually held four diamonds to the eight, the club king
and the heart jack and had to sluff hearts so when I led the second
heart, the jack appeared and I could overtake to cash the heart ten
and the diamond queen. Making six, a winning result at IMPS.
As the stomach turns
Only one masterpoint is at stake is this first (of two!) round
matches in a regional compact KO consolation. However, the hired
guns on the other team have 65000 masterpoints between them and you
are eager to beat them. The twelve boards played in regulation led
to a 17–17 IMPS tie. Next came a two board playoff. On the
first board you score +110 in a comfortable three diamonds
partscore. Next came this stinker. On a conservative auction we
arrived at 2 played
The opening lead was a small heart won by the ace. Next came a club
to the queen and ace and west returned a club. I ruffed the third
round and played a spade to the eight, king and ace. East returned
a diamond won in dummy and I ruffed the fourth club (east
following). West declined to overruff and it’s your play with
the match on the line! Playing on diamonds ensures making 2 but if the spades are
3–2 you make three spades. The situation is more like
matchpoints than IMPS so I made the sparkling play of another
trump. West had all the remaining spades and drew the trumps and
cashed the heart king for down one.
The first board was a push and so was the second when the pros
played four spades down one! Next came the tiebreak which we
lost narrowly. Yuk!
Trouble with doubles?
Matchpoints both vul. You are south as always. East opens 2NT,
you pass, west bids 3(transfer), partner doubles, east bids 3, west bids 4; east bids 4, west bids 5, east bids 5. Do you double this? I did. West converts
to 6. Do you double
this? I did. Partner led a spade and I won the first three tricks
and we won the open pairs.
Match points again. After a slow and tortured auction the
opponents reach five clubs. Do you double this? If you do your
score is –550.
IMPS both VUL. You open 1, LHO bids 2 back to you. Do you double? I did. partner held the KQJ104 of
hearts and we got +500.
October 2004 – December 2004
High level decision
- 10 8 6 2
- A 5 4 3
- K Q J 8 5
- K Q 10 8 7 6
- 10 9 7 6
- 8 7 5
- K J 9 7 5 4 3
- A 2
- A 9 4 3
You are VUL at IMPS and north opened 2(precisely). East buts in with 2 and I made a negative double.
West raised to 3 and it's back to you.
I tried 4, west doubled and north bid 5.
East passed and it's back to you. I raised to 6 and west bid 6 back to you. This was the critical moment.
If you double, they make it!. I bid 6 and was allowed to play it, making seven (oops!). At the other table the final contract was 7 doubled down one for a huge pickup. How would you have bid the south hand?
High level decision
- 7 6 5 4 3 2
- A Q 10 9 7 3
Both VUL at IMPS and north opened 1. East bid 5 and it's your high level decision.
Faced with this decision, south at the other table tried 5 and was down two when west held all six missing trumps.
What would you do? (no peeking at the north hand).
At my table, west opened 2 and north doubled.
I had no trouble bidding 4 and made six when a heart was not led.
High level decision
Neither VUL at match points and partner opens 1
(showing 4+ spades, 11–15 HCP and at least nine cards in two suits). RHO bids 2 and you make a negative double.
Partner next bids 5 and this shows 8+ clubs and 4+ spades! It's your bid. If partner has the club ace and the spade king you are cold for seven; if not it's trouble. I bid 6 scoring 940 and 8/12 matchpoints. Partner held:
Count the hand
I saw it on TV! The person with photographic memory watched fifty-one cards dealt from a shuffled deck and then identified the missing card (correctly). You can do it! Assign a point value of 1 to 10 for the ace to ten of clubs, 11 for the jack, 12 for the queen and 13 for the king. Do the same thing for the other suits by adding 13 to the diamonds, 26 to the hearts and 39 to the spades. Then as the cards appear just keep a running total of the points. The total point for the deck is (52)(53)/2 = 1378. So subtract your total from 1378 and that's the point value for the missing card!
Ignore the spots
The auction was 1 by north, 1 by south, blackwood by north, one ace by south, 6 by north ending the "auction". I led a spade, won in dummy and declarer played the heart king on which I played the nine , it's supposed to be a singleton so declarer will play the heart queen next and go down in slam. However, declarer ignored the play and played a heart to the ace and then cleared the hearts. Next came the curious play of the top spades followed by the ace-king of diamonds. Oops! We took the rest for +300 and a top. Note that there is a restricted choice position in diamonds; declarer should cash one round early before playing trumps. Then it's percentage play to finesse the heart ten, ruff a spade winner, finesse the diamond, and then pull the last trump.
Keep your eye on the ball
- K 10 7 5 2
- Q J 10 4
- 10 6 2
- Q J 10 7 6 2
- 6 3
- K J 8 7 4
It's IMPS and NS arrived at 3NT. It is hard to believe that this happened in the top flight but it's true. I was west and made the sparkling lead of the diamond queen! Even pooh bear could figure out that you have five diamonds, two spades and the two rounded aces. However, declarer took the diamond king! and finessed the heart to my king. Now I shifted to my stiff spade and the contract was in trouble. Declarer ultimately made two tricks in each suit and the result was down one for a mess of IMPS.
Despite our methods (sound preempts in first and second position), partner opened 3 and I converted to 3NT. The opening lead was a heart away from the queen and the play is the thing. Of course you can guarantee the contract by playing the ace and a diamond, but this is evil matchpoints. So I played a club to the jack and ace and put the diamond queen on the table. Unfortunately east showed out and you have converted eleven sure tricks to nine! Fortunately west grabbed the king and you were back to eleven and 5.5/6 matchpoints.
- Q 10 5 4 3 2
- 9 7 4
- J 10 3
- Q J
It's more matchpoints and partner opens 1 (precisely). You can respond 2
to show 4–7 HCP with six spades and the points mostly in the spade suit. Or you can respond 1 and hope to be able to bid spades twice subsequently. What do you bid? I bid 2 and was raised to four making easily. In standard american, partner opens 1NT on her 16 HCP, you transfer to spades, invite, and partner will accept so it's an average whatever you do.