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Reisinger, Day 3, Final Session, Bidding/Play Competition
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You had taken today off. After your mid-afternoon beauty nap, you were headed to the local beach and while walking past the Reisinger room, saw a director accidentally drop a playing card on a snowflake's foot. Mortally wounded, the snowflake was headed off to the local emergency room. The director was looking desperate for a fill-in, so naturally you offered your services - it did take three requests but you know that the director was being polite - that and you were the only one around. You quickly agree on 2/1, 1430, UDCA - the usual stuff - and settle down to play. You may only be wearing your Speedos and nothing else, but it is behind screens so you can only offend one person every three boards. Good job you were not headed back to Polo Beach - that would have given them something to write about!

(For the purposes of scoring, I'm going to compare your result against the top nine placed teams, starting with Round 1 against the team that finished 9th, and working our way up to the top team for the final round - I decided this format before I knew the final places - you will be alternating between NS/EW. All NT ranges are 14+ to 17. For sake of trying to find a good decision point, I sometimes swap tables).

BAM is, in your opinion, the best format - you get to showcase all of your bridge skills - carding, card play and defense. Every call counts, every card counts. You would be glad if they offered the Reisinger format to the lesser mortals - those in the 0-10K range - so that you can explain to them the finer intracacies of bridge, but until they do, you must content yourself with the lesser experts.

You start against the Zhong team:

 Board 1

South
103
Q76542
5
J987
W
N
E
S
1
1NT
?

2 is non-forcing.

Your call?

West
J94
KQ7432
Q654
North
East
South
103
Q76542
5
J987
W
N
E
S
1
1NT
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
1
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
4
8
Q
2
0
1
8
5
K
9
0
0
2
3
J
10
3

You choose to call 2. Let your partner know early that you are not afraid of your opponents. The opponents have a gadget where 3 shows diamonds. You are now on lead.

It is polite the first time you play with a new partner to lead his suit at trick 1, so you lead the 10.

Declarer wins with the ace, and plays two rounds of diamonds (click on the next button to follow play so far).

Your discard?

West
J94
KQ7432
Q654
North
East
South
103
Q76542
5
J987
W
N
E
S
1
1NT
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
1
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
4
8
Q
2
0
1
8
5
K
9
0
0
2
3
J
10
3
1
1
2
7
A
2
9
2
1
3
A
4
3
3
2
1
4
K
5
4
J
2
1
5
10
Q
7
2
3
2
5
7

The spade situation is unclear to you. Partner may have the ace or king. You choose to discard the 3 so that the spade situation is clear to partner. He does not know if you started with a singleton or doubleton. Partner returns a spade won with declarer's ace. Partner must have 6 spades otherwise declarer would have ducked the spade. Declarer plays two rounds of hearts. You follow, dummy pitching diamonds. You can work out that the diamonds are not set up. You have seen 13 HCP from declarer. Only 2 HCP from partner. You know partner has 6 spades, 2 hearts, 3 diamonds, and therefore must have 2 clubs. It is possible that partner has 4 diamonds and is 6=2=4=1. Who has the ace of clubs, who has the king of clubs? They are split between partner and declarer.

Click on the Next button to follow the play.

You have won the trick with the queen of hearts. 

Your lead?

West
J94
KQ7432
Q654
North
East
South
103
Q76542
5
J987
W
N
E
S
1
1NT
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
1
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0
10
4
8
Q
2
0
1
8
5
K
9
0
0
2
3
J
10
3
1
1
2
7
A
2
9
2
1
3
A
4
3
3
2
1
4
K
5
4
J
2
1
5
10
Q
7
2
3
2
5
7

Partner has pitched the two of spades. Therefore he does not have the ace of clubs. He must have the king of clubs. He would not pitch winners if he had the ace of clubs. The important question - who has the ten of clubs? If partner has it, you need to return a club. If partner does not have it, you need to return a heart. Or do you? If you return a heart, declarer will cash two hearts and partner, assuming he is 6-2-3-2 will have to pitch spades. Partner will be end played with the ace of diamonds, he can cash a spade but will have to give up the last two tricks leading away from Kx of clubs. Does it matter who has the ten of clubs?

Board 1

Score: If you played a club, score 1/2. If you returned a heart, score 0. At the other table, your opponent returned a club in the same situation. (In the actual play on this hand, the person who was in your seat returned a heart and lost the board as Gawrys set up the nice end play).

Full deal:

West
J94
KQ7432
Q654
North
K87652
J3
AJ9
K10
East
AQ
AK1098
1086
A32
South
103
Q76542
5
J987
D
1

The first board was a mental workout. This is why you love BAM so much. You had to track every card, every bid and the deciding play was at trick 8. 

Board 2

West
K10654
1098
A6
1094
North
East
72
AKQJ5
K3
KQ82
South
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P
D
2
4 East
NS: 0 EW: 0
3
8
4
1

You reach 4. A trump is led.

What is your plan? Are you going to set up clubs, or spades, in what order, when do you pull trump, how are you going to handle transportation. Don't forget it's BAM.

Board 2

If you plan to try to set up spades first, you tie the board - they break 3-3. If you plan to set up clubs, you lose the board, the AJ are off-side

Score: 1/2 if you tried to set up spades first, 0 otherwise.

In the actual play of this board, EW started with a strong club. After East's 1 bid, South doubled with 3-2-4-4, 13 HCP. Declarer presumably thought South had 4 spades and went after clubs.

Full deal:

West
K10654
1098
A6
1094
North
J93
642
J10982
63
East
72
AKQJ5
K3
KQ82
South
AQ8
73
Q754
AJ75
D
2

Board 3

East
64
Q98
10765
10765
W
N
E
S
1
X
3
P
P
X
P
?

Your call?

Board 3

East
64
Q98
10765
10765
W
N
E
S
1
X
3
P
P
X
P
?

3 is down 2. 5 makes. 4 makes. The other table played in 4 making 5.

Score: 1 if you pass or bid 5, 1/2 for bidding 4, 0 otherwise.

For this match, the auctions were similar up to the 4 bid. This hand was won on the bidding.

Full deal:

West
KQ
AK2
KQJ
AQ842
North
J1053
J7543
42
J3
East
64
Q98
10765
10765
South
A9872
106
A983
K9
D
3

Board 4

Your team mate has been impressed so far. Your opponents less so. You should have brought a towel. The director has brought some paper towels for your modesty.

New opponents. You are now playing the Rajadhyaksha team.

East
KJ863
8
K985
Q84
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
X
2
3
?

Your call?

Board 4

East
KJ863
8
K985
Q84
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
X
2
3
?

Your team mates set 3NT by 3 tricks. +300. 3 is going down 2. 4 makes. You should win this board because of what happened at the other table.

Score: 1 if you pass or double or bid any number of spades, 1/2 if you bid 3NT.

It is possible to make 3NT as E/W - declarer held up three rounds of hearts and then finessed the queen of spades and the defense took their heart tricks.

Full deal:

West
A9
A76
A643
K765
North
1054
K103
Q72
A1092
East
KJ863
8
K985
Q84
South
Q72
QJ9542
J10
J3
D
4

Board 5

North
KQJ1095
93
KQ76
4
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
P
?

Your call?

Board 5

North
KQJ1095
93
KQ76
4
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
P
?

The limit is 8 tricks in spades and no trumps, but nine in diamonds. They bid and made 3 at the other table.

Score: 0 if you bid 3 or 3NT, 1/2 if you bid 3, 1 if you passed.

Full deal:

West
42
K7652
A52
A87
North
KQJ1095
93
KQ76
4
East
A8763
108
104
K1053
South
AQJ4
J983
QJ962
D
5

Board 6

West
North
2
AQ87
Q94
AQ962
East
South
A10875
K1093
5
J83
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
X
2
2
P
P
P
D
6
2 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
1

If you duck, another diamond is played. If you play the queen, you lose to the king and another diamond is played.

Plan the rest of play, including how you play each suit.

Board 6

West
North
2
AQ87
Q94
AQ962
East
South
A10875
K1093
5
J83
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
X
2
2
P
P
P
D
6
2 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
1

You are missing 18 HCP. Your RHO has AK of diamonds. There was no spade lead so your LHO probably does not have a singleton. There was no 2 overcall by RHO, so spades are likely 2-5.

The board is won/lost on the play of the club suit. If you play for your RHO to have 10x then you win the board; anything else you lose the board. Venkatrao Koneru found the correct play at the other table and took 12 tricks in hearts. Tough opponents.

Score: 1/2 if you played for the 10x of clubs with your RHO, 0 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
J4
J652
J1086
K74
North
2
AQ87
Q94
AQ962
East
KQ963
4
AK732
105
South
A10875
K1093
5
J83
D
6

New oppoonents. You are now playing the Zimmermann team.

Board 7

Day dreaming about the beach.

Board 7

Oops. You were off day dreaming about the beach. But you scored a push in 3NT+1. Nothing to the bidding or the play. Only the true experts know when to take a nap during a board.

Score: 1/2.

Full deal:

West
Q95
AQJ6
AK9832
North
Q1072
AK3
K1092
J10
East
AK54
J742
43
Q65
South
J9863
1086
875
74
D
7

Board 8

North
Q108
K6
K10654
J42
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
P
P
?

You have had chance to read the hospital bound player's card. You have a gadget available. Double by a passed hand shows 9-11 HCP balanced. Any suit is natural. Don't be persuaded by the text, you can also pass.

Your call?

Board 8

North
Q108
K6
K10654
J42
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
P
P
?

If you pass, they will play and make 1NT, -90 for you. If you bid 2, you will play there, down 1, -50. If you use your gadget, partner will bid 2 and be down 2, -100. It was 2 at the other table.

Score: 1/2 if you bid 2, 0 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
A75
J542
98
10985
North
Q108
K6
K10654
J42
East
K93
A93
QJ2
AK63
South
J642
Q1087
A73
Q7
D
8

Board 9

South
K107
KQ654
QJ
J54
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1
2
3
X
3
4
P
?

Your call?

Board 9

South
K107
KQ654
QJ
J54
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1
2
3
X
3
4
P
?

5 is the top spot.

Score: 1/2 if you bid 5, 0 otherwise.

Tough opponents that round.

Full deal:

West
QJ852
J92
A1098
8
North
A3
K7542
KQ10632
East
A9643
1087
63
A97
South
K107
KQ654
QJ
J54
D
9

New opponents. You are now playing the Kasle team.

Board 10

West
Q83
92
A852
J753
W
N
E
S
1
2
P
4
P
P
P

2 is weak.

Your lead?

Board 10

West
Q83
92
A852
J753
W
N
E
S
1
2
P
4
P
P
P

If you lead a heart or diamond, you hold them to 10 tricks. If you lead a club (or the queen of spades), they make an overtrick.

Score: 1/2 if you lead a heart or diamond, 0 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
Q83
92
A852
J753
North
A976
QJ7
104
AKQ8
East
K42
A
KJ963
10962
South
J105
K1086543
Q7
4
D
10

Board 11

East
A1084
4
KQJ
AQ732
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
?

Your call?

If you did not bid 1, skip to the next screen.

If you bid 1, the auction continues:

East
A1084
4
KQJ
AQ732
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
1
P
2
P
?

Your call?

Board 11

East
A1084
4
KQJ
AQ732
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
?

The other table went to 4 on a 4-3 fit with the KQJx of trumps off-side. Down 3. Your team mates brought back +150.

If you bid 1NT, you play there. You take 8 tricks. Win the board. If you bid 3NT, you play there. Same 8 tricks. Win the board. If you bid to 4 push.

Score: 1 if you bid 1NT, 2NT or 3NT. 1/2 if you bid spades and went to 4.

Full deal:

West
652
AK1075
10742
J
North
97
J932
A985
1065
East
A1084
4
KQJ
AQ732
South
KQJ3
Q86
63
K984
D
11

Board 12

West
AJ9432
Q3
K1042
8
W
N
E
S
?

Your bid?

Board 12

West
AJ9432
Q3
K1042
8
W
N
E
S
?

Doesn't matter. You get to 4. Same at the other table. Boring board. Time for a coffee or some other form of pick-me-up. Board 12 was boring.

Score: 1/2

Full deal:

West
AJ9432
Q3
K1042
8
North
10
AJ9862
76
KJ73
East
KQ765
K5
AQ3
Q102
South
8
1074
J985
A9654
D
12

New opponents. You are now playing the Lee team.

Board 13

West
K1097
Q985
A72
A6
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
?

Your call?

Board 13

If you passed, skip this page.

West
K1097
Q985
A72
A6
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
1
X
XX
1
?

Your call?

Board 13

Your team mates defended 3 making bringing back -110. You need to score better than 110. If you passed you lost the board. If you doubled 1 you win the board. If you pass, partner will correct to 2 and you push the board.

Score: 0 if you originally passed, 1 if you doubled 1, 1/2 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
K1097
Q985
A72
A6
North
J43
A1043
6
KQ983
East
Q2
K7
KJ1095
10754
South
A865
J62
Q843
J2
D
13

Board 14

This is a multiple choice board.

South
A942
A854
5
J1062
W
N
E
S
1NT
?

2 would show the majors.

Your call?

If you did not bid, take the East hand:

East
KJ
KQ10
K7
K97543
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
3
P
P
X
P
?

Your call?

Board 14

This was a multiple choice. If you bid 2 over 1NT to show the majors, you will end up playing 3 and win the board.

If you passed, then we put you at the other table for the decision. Over the double of 3 did you pass, or bid 3NT? 3 is going down 1 trick. You will get +100. If you bid 3NT, you are going down.

You know that you would never open 1NT without an ace, but it's not the place to tell your teammates that.

Score: 1, if you bid 2 to show the majors, you win the board. If you did not bid, take the other seat. If you passed the double of 3, you win the board. If you bid to 3NT, you lose the board.

Full deal:

West
Q107653
32
Q432
Q
North
8
J976
AJ10986
A8
East
KJ
KQ10
K7
K97543
South
A942
A854
5
J1062
D
14

Board 15

North
Q10986
8
A1062
Q54
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
?

Your call?

Board 15

North
Q10986
8
A1062
Q54
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
?

They stopped in 2 at the other table, making 3. If you bid 2NT, 9 tricks are theoretically available but not in practice.

Score: 1/2 if you passed, 0 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
42
10975
84
109732
North
Q10986
8
A1062
Q54
East
K753
AK42
Q5
KJ8
South
AJ
QJ63
KJ973
A6
D
15

New opponents. You are now playing the Fleisher team.

Board 16

West
9
K72
J8532
A1085
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
3
3
P
P
?

Your 3 showed an intermediate raise.

Your call?

Board 16

West
9
K72
J8532
A1085
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
3
3
P
P
?

The board is decided on your call. If you bid 4, they double you and you are down 1. If you pass, you lose the board. If you double, you win the board as 3 is going down 1. Partner has KJxx in spades and leaves the double in. Same auction at both tables until the third round.

Score: 1/2 if you double, 0 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
9
K72
J8532
A1085
North
A10843
J643
107
K2
East
KJ52
85
AQ96
Q64
South
Q76
AQ109
K4
J973
D
16

Board 17

West
AJ10
92
J632
K742
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
3
4
P
4
?

Your call?

Board 17

West
AJ10
92
J632
K742
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
3
4
P
4
?

If you bid 4 you will win the board. In the actual match, both Easts passed. Declarer takes 10 tricks in hearts. You are down 2 in spades.

Score: 1 if you bid 4, 1/2 if you passed, 0 if you doubled.

Full deal:

West
AJ10
92
J632
K742
North
52
AKQ754
A954
6
East
K8763
10
K8
J10983
South
Q94
J863
Q107
AQ5
D
17

Board 18

East
A3
Q763
Q85
AQ63
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1
2
P
P
X
P
2
P
P
P

Your lead?

Board 18

East
A3
Q763
Q85
AQ63
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
1
2
P
P
X
P
2
P
P
P

They led the A at the other table (different auction). Declarer now takes 9 tricks. If you led a heart or a diamond, declarer only takes 8 tricks.

Score: 1 if you lead a heart or diamond; 1/2 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
Q108
J852
J972
54
North
K9765
A
A64
KJ87
East
A3
Q763
Q85
AQ63
South
J42
K1094
K103
1092
D
18

New opponents. You are now playing the Rosenthal team.

Board 19

East
K965
AJ8
K
109542
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
?

Your call?

Board 19

East
K965
AJ8
K
109542
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
?

Your opponents passed it out. If you bid, you win the board.

Score: 1 if you bid, 1/2 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
AQ108
K973
J74
J3
North
J742
65
Q1052
AQ7
East
K965
AJ8
K
109542
South
3
Q1042
A9863
K86
D
19

Board 20

South
87
Q98
AQ6543
J10
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
?

Yes, partner bid diamonds.

Your call?

Board 20

South
87
Q98
AQ6543
J10
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
?

They played at 3 at the other table, making 4. No-one guesses the stiff king offside.

Score: 1/2 if you stopped in 4 or below, 0 if you bid 3NT or more than 4.

Full deal:

West
K6
J10754
K
Q9653
North
A10432
AK3
10972
7
East
QJ95
62
J8
AK842
South
87
Q98
AQ6543
J10
D
20

Board 21

North
QJ987
82
A82
KJ4
W
N
E
S
?

Your call?

Board 21

North
QJ987
82
A82
KJ4
W
N
E
S
?

Your opponents opened the hand and ended up in 1NT, making 3.

Score: 0 if you passed, 1/2 if you bid 1.

Full deal:

West
K102
K953
J94
Q108
North
QJ987
82
A82
KJ4
East
A64
A76
Q75
9732
South
53
QJ104
K1063
A65
D
21

New opponents. You are now playing the Mittelman team.

Board 22

South
AQ4
A63
A102
10732
W
N
E
S
?

1NT is 14+ to 17.

Your call?

Board 22

South
AQ4
A63
A102
10732
W
N
E
S
?

If you open the bidding 1, there is a 2 overcall by your LHO, partner doubles, you bid 2NT and play there. Making 2. +120.

If you open the bidding 1NT, there is a 2 overcall (showing hearts) on your left. Partner doubles the final contract of 2, down 3. +500.

Those were the actions in the real match.

Score: 1 if you opened 1NT, 1/2 if you opened 1. (I had these the wrnog way round originally).

Full deal:

West
9
K109752
Q5
K964
North
J652
J8
J64
AQJ5
East
K10873
Q4
K9873
8
South
AQ4
A63
A102
10732
D
22

Board 23

West
K42
KQ96
98
J962
North
J763
1074
A10765
5
East
South
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
X
P
P
2
P
2
P
P
P
D
23
2 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
5
Q
A
3
1
0
8
2
3
4
1
2
0
5
3
K
8
3
3
0
7
9
6
3
1
4
0
7
8
10
K
0
4
1
5

Your play?

Board 23

West
K42
KQ96
98
J962
North
J763
1074
A10765
5
East
South
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
2
X
P
P
2
P
2
P
P
P
D
23
2 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
5
Q
A
3
1
0
8
2
3
4
1
2
0
5
3
K
8
3
3
0
7
9
6
3
1
4
0
7
8
10
K
0
4
1
5

You need to play a heart before declarer's heart loser goes away on the diamonds.

Score: 1/2 if you returned a heart, 0 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
K42
KQ96
98
J962
North
J763
1074
A10765
5
East
A8
J853
J3
KQ1043
South
Q1095
A2
KQ42
A87
D
23

Board 24

West
AKJ42
A853
5
A53
W
N
E
S
1
P
3
P
?

Your call?

Board 24

West
AKJ42
A853
5
A53
W
N
E
S
1
P
3
P
?

If you bid 4, you will make it and tie the board. If you don't, you will lose the board.

Score: 1/2 if you bid 4, 0 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
AKJ42
A853
5
A53
North
10
J1042
KQ9
K10942
East
Q986
96
J107
QJ87
South
753
KQ7
A86432
6
D
24

New opponents. You are now playing the Blass team. It's Barometer so you know how you are doing, and how everyone else is doing. The kibitizers have all come to your table for the final round. Clearly word of your muscular physique has spread. Either that, or one or both of you is in contention for winning the event.

Board 25

North
J10865
K42
K
A762
W
N
E
S
?

Your call?

Board 25

North
J10865
K42
K
A762
W
N
E
S
?

If you open the bidding with 1, they end up in 3NT. Your partner has 1 HCP so declarer will drop your stiff king of diamonds. You only take 2 tricks. If you pass, they will end up in 3NT, but go down 1.

Score: 0 if opened the bidding, 1/2 if you passed.

Full deal:

West
K7
AJ103
AJ62
K54
North
J10865
K42
K
A762
East
AQ2
Q98
Q74
Q1098
South
943
765
109853
J3
D
25

Board 26

West
Q87654
J872
Q
43
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

Your lead?

Board 26

West
Q87654
J872
Q
43
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

If you lead a spade, declarer has AKJ. If you lead a heart, partner has five of them and you set the contract. They played 5 making at the other table.

Score: 1 if you lead a heart, 0 otherwise.

Full deal:

West
Q87654
J872
Q
43
North
93
4
A843
KJ10976
East
102
KQ1065
K62
Q82
South
AKJ
A93
J10975
A5
D
26

Board 27

West
Q
AJ104
AJ10
A9632
W
N
E
S
1
X
2
3
P
?

Your call?

Board 27

West
Q
AJ104
AJ10
A9632
W
N
E
S
1
X
2
3
P
?

If you pass, partner takes ten tricks (misguesses the Q). If you bid 3, he will bid 3NT and will likely make.

Score: 0 if you passed, 1/2 if you bid 3 or 3NT.

Full deal:

West
Q
AJ104
AJ10
A9632
North
865
K832
Q82
1074
East
K1092
Q5
K9753
85
South
AJ743
976
64
KQJ
D
27

The most you can score is 19/27. There are some flat boards and boards that are lost at the other table.

The photographers are coming over.... one of you has won the event.

You have been sitting for 3+ hours. You always leave a tidy table, so you pick up the paper towels, and, lacking pockets, you stuff them in the only place you can think of. You stand up ready to leave, and that's when the photographer's flash goes off. You don't realize the impact that the paper towels had until you see the photograph in the morning. You might have to start going to another beach.

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