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Gitelman-Moss

Nextup on our lowlight reel, another hand from the finals of the 2010 US Team Trials. This deal features newly-crowned Rosenblum champions Brad Moss and Fred Gitelman , and comes from the same “well-played” 4th segment as our first review ( thanks to everyone who posted in that thread for all the insightful commentary!) .

Here is the hand and some key points:

Weinstein
Q874
J954
873
53
Gitelman
KJ953
KQ103
AQ87
Levin
62
86
Q1092
J10962
Moss
A10
A72
AKJ654
K4
W
N
E
S
 
P
2
P
2
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
4
P
4
P
7
P
7
P
P
P
D
7 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
K
5
7
3
1
0
A
3
3
11 tricks claimed
N/S -100
2


How should South treat his hand?
There is no great sequence in most standard-based systems for this hand type. Possible descriptions include:

  • Open 1 and rebid 3NT
  • Open 1 and reverse into hearts or jump-shift into clubs.
  • Open 2NT, 20-21
  • Open 2, calling the hand a balanced 22, as Brad did. (What’s a King amongst friends?)


What about ...

North’s auction through 4?

Smolen then 4, which they play shows 3 or 4 clubs. In other words: nothing to see here, kids.

South’s choice of 4?
Perhaps 4NT would be the most regressive bid.

North's 7 bid?
Jumping to seven is rarely right but, opposite the presumed 22-23, he can count 37 HCP.

South's 7 bid?
The bid was intended as pick-a-grand. What would 7 mean instead?

North's pass of 7?
North must have felt like he had shown his hand, but can pass possibly be right?

We pulled the tape, now we invite you to make the call.

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