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Good Judgement in the Bermuda Bowl? Or lucky?
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In the 7th round of the Bermuda Bowl Round Robin, your partner opens a 15-17 Notrump (and not a partner that opens 14 frequently) and you hold:

West
Q2
K109
95
AK9542
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
?

How would you handle this hand? Would it matter if you were slightly down in a close match against a good team? Would you be happy to be playing 2 transfer to clubs with accepts so you can try for slam if partner likes it. Would you?

And to the other side of the table - partner makes a slam try showing six clubs, your call?

East
K654
A64
AK86
QJ
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
4NT
P
?

2 was a range ask which either showed clubs or not, you showed an accept and partner invited slam. Yes or No?

Here is the whole hand. As you can see 6 makes easily with the A coming down third but 6NT has problems. Is 6 a good spot? Do you want to be there? Hands with tricks opposite controls can often produce slam and once there is a club fit slam, is quite likely. The hands did not fit all that well as it turned out but it still made. So I decided to survey all three events to see how often this was bid.

Willenken
Q2
K109
95
AK9542
North
10973
J872
Q72
73
Rosenberg
K654
A64
AK86
QJ
South
AJ8
Q53
J1043
1086
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
4NT
P
6
P
P
P
D
13
6 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
2
3
Q
2
0
1
J
8
4
7
2
0
2
4
8
Q
3
0
0
3
2
10
5
J
3
1
3
A
5
7
6
0
1
4
12 tricks claimed
E/W +1370
5

 

In the Bermuda Bowl 6 was played four times, 6NT once, and all the rest played 3NT or 4NT

http://worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/bali.13/microsite/Asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=013.07..980

In the Seniors only one of the 22 tables played 6, Japan, all the others played 3NT

http://worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/bali.13/microsite/Asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=013.07..982

In the Venice Cup, three pairs bid and made 6, Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa. One pair from Sweden played 5 and one pair played 4NT but all the rest (17 pairs) played 3NT

http://worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/bali.13/microsite/Asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=013.07..981

 

More details from the Bermuda Bowl, at most tables the auction went 1NT - 3NT. Australia bid that way and lost 13 imps to Indonesia who bid the slam.

http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?linurl=http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=30244

In England versus New Zealand, England went down in 6NT while New Zealand stopped in 3NT:

http://worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/bali.13/microsite/Asp/PlayDetailsMatch.asp?qtournid=980&qmatchid=11286

USA1 picked up one imp versus Guadeloupe; both played 3NT. Brazil lost 12 imps to Chinese Taipei by stopping in 3NT versus the opponents 6. Argentina lost 12 imps to Italy the same way but produced a new auction, 2NT over the 2 transfer presumably turning down a club invitation? So partner did not try for slam.

http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?linurl=http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=30245

Yet another variation was produced when the Netherlands played 4N trying for more and their opponents played 3NT. India versus China pushed in 3NT. As did Japan versus South Africa and Egypt versus South Africa

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