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Mixed Open Pairs Final - Session 1
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You have qualified for the World Open Mixed Pairs championship. You play a standard 2/1, UDCA, standard leads. There are 26 pairs that qualified. You will play 2 boards against each of the other pairs for a total of 50 boards. The WBF didn't provide hand records at the event, nor are they on-line (I was given the reason why, but forgot). There is one stationary table. The movement is Howell-esque. You will be playing some boards NS, some EW.

Each board is worth 2%. What follows is a series of decisions that you have to make with the actual hands. I have provided a score based on the actual results. The scores range from 0-10 for each board, roughly reflected the percentage score (divided by 10). See how well you do...

Board 10 (no hand records available before then):

South
Q752
853
KQJ
KQ9
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
P

Both vulnerable. What do you lead?

Ignore my type-writer owning monkeys. Your lead and why? 

West
A4
96
9752
A7542
North
J93
QJ742
64
1083
East
K1086
AK10
A1083
J6
South
Q752
853
KQJ
KQ9
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
P
P
D
10
1NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0

If you led any low spade score 6, anything else 1.

You have 13 HCP, RHO has 15-17 HCP; though you can expect all stated 15-17 HCP in this event to really mean 14+ to 17.

Your LHO has <= 8 HCP; your partner will be passive at these colors with the bidding, but is guaranteed to have at least 2-3 HCPs.

Knowing that partner has few HCP and little chance of setting their long suit, you need to try and set up your own.

Any lead other than a low spade gives declarer an extra trick. Whether they can figure out how to make the extra trick depends on how declarer plays the hand.

Almost everyone played in 1NT/2NT.

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However at most tables declarer and the defense kept throwing the extra trick back to each other. Only one player found the low spade, everyone else led a high diamond and gave up a tempo.

Board 11. No-one vulnerable.

East
J4
A864
AQ108
J86
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
2

2 shows diamonds and a major. Will be at least 4+/4+ most likely at least 4+/5+ in any combination.

What do you bid?

If you passed, you score 2. No further decisions to make on this board. 2 will most likely roll with possibility of over tricks.

It is possible that partner's suit is spades. You know that you have at least an 8 card fit in diamonds. The 2 bid is a 5+ card suit, but may have 0 HCP. Your hand is a lot better than partner can expect. You won't win at matchpoints unless you compete in the bidding. At the table, I bid 3.

The 1NT bidder competes to 3. Pass-pass. Back to you.

East
J4
A864
AQ108
J86
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
2
3
3
P
P

Your bid?

It has to be right to double. The 1NT opener should have 4 spades for this bid and is gambling that their partner has some HCP. You have at least an 8 card diamond suit. You believe that you have the balance of the HCP. Other possibilities are 4 or 4. Are these better bids? If you choose one of those, result is on the next page.

Well.... if you double, you need to set the contract. 

East
J4
A864
AQ108
J86
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
2
3
3
P
P
X
P
P

Your lead?

Did you lead the A? If so, you see the dummy. Next card? If you didn't lead the A, results are on the next page.

East
J4
A864
AQ108
J86
South
Q102
K10
63
AKQ1095
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
2
3
3
P
P
X
P
P

Partner played the 3, declarer the 7. Next card?

If you led a small club, well done. Partner has a singleton and the A, and you set the contract two.

If you started out by leading a club, or the A then a club, score 7. Anything else 0.

Can you work it out? Partner played the 3, but declarer hid the 2. Does partner want a diamond shift or a club shift?

The A lead lets you see dummy. You know partner has 9+ red cards. She is missing A, K, A, Q so probably has the K and must have some spade honors to justify the bidding. Put her on the A and 2-5-5-1 shape.

Did you choose to bid instead of double? That's the winning action. If you bid 4, you will get doubled and make the contract. Two pairs did that. Score 9.

If you bid 4, you will also get doubled. Score 10.

West
A65
QJ93
J9754
2
North
K9873
752
K2
743
East
J4
A864
AQ108
J86
South
Q102
K10
63
AKQ1095
W
N
E
S
1NT
2
2
3
3
P
P
4
X
P
P
D
11

Was it obvious to double? If you didn't double, score 5. If you did double, and didn't set the contract, score 0.

For this board, the double gains few extra matchpoints over passing.

Board 12. They are vulnerable. You are not. 

East
85
KQJ875
A4
A74
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
1NT
P

Your bid?

If you bid 2 score 3. If you invited, or bid 4, score 8.

West
A1043
64
Q109
K852
North
J96
109
8763
J1093
East
85
KQJ875
A4
A74
South
KQ72
A32
KJ52
Q6
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
1NT
P
4
D
12

Board 13. Both vulnerable. You are North.

North
K1053
J53
A72
K103
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P

For once you decided to pass in first seat with 11 HCP. The intermediates were good, but the shape was not. The opponents bid to 4. Your lead?

North
K1053
J53
A72
K103
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P

Something passive is needed. Your partner has next to nothing. Double dummy it doesn't matter what you lead, declarer can take 11 tricks.

But at the table, everyone bid to 4, 6 declarers made 10 tricks, 7 declarers made 11. If you lead a spade or a club, declarer has little to guess.

West
A86
KQ984
Q53
J6
North
K1053
J53
A72
K103
East
Q94
A1062
106
AQ98
South
J72
7
KJ984
7542
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
13
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0

Would you make 10 tricks or 11? If you only make 10 tricks, score 3, if you made 11 tricks, score 8. The lead was irrelevant.

Board 14 was forgettable. Board 15, you are South, vulnerable, they are not.

South
AJ10
9832
10987
J6
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1NT

Your bid?

South
AJ10
9832
10987
J6
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1NT

If you passed, score 2. If you bid 2, score 6. If you doubled, score 10. Your side can take 10 tricks in spades.

West
84
QJ75
J542
874
North
Q97632
AK
K
Q1052
East
K5
1064
AQ63
AK93
South
AJ10
9832
10987
J6
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
1NT
2
P
P
P
D
15
2 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

Last board for the session, board 16. EW vulnerable. You are South.

South
KQJ10
J1083
QJ9
42
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

Your lead?

South
KQJ10
J1083
QJ9
42
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

Your lead?

If you lead a spade, score 5; if you lead a heart, score 10. 4 pairs played 3NT. In all 4 cases, a spade was led. What does partner have to do for you to lead her suit? She is not happy.

West
4
7
A432
KQJ9753
North
975
KQ942
1076
A6
East
A8632
A65
K85
108
South
KQJ10
J1083
QJ9
42
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
16
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0

How are you doing?

There were no fancy squeezes, just run of the mill bridge. Leads were important.

There are scores for boards 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16. 6 boards in total. Add up your 6 scores. Multiply by 2. Add 44. That's your weighted percentage score for these 6 boards.

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