Join Bridge Winners
Rosenberg—Seamon-Molson

DebbieJanice In this week’s installment of Pick On the Rosenbergs we turn our attention to Debbie and her partner, Janice Seamon-Molson. Each holds a pair of world championships and multiple US national championships with other partners. They’ve recently joined forces as members of the JOEL team and have already enjoyed great success. This year alone they tied for first in the Machlin Women’s Swiss and won the playoff at the USWBC. Consequently, they will travel to Veldhoven this fall to compete in the Venice Cup as USA2 . Today’s hand comes from their USWBC semifinal match-up against the eventual USA1 qualifier, MOSS .



Moss
1043
AK96
954
1097
D.Rosenberg
K8
J104
KQJ7
K654
Radin
962
752
108632
AQ
Seamon-Molson
AQJ75
Q83
A
J832
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3
X
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
41
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
4
7
3
0
0
1
K
10
2
8
0
0
2
6
J
5
Q
3
1
2
A
4
7
2
3
2
2
A
3
8
2
3
3
2
5
4
K
6
1
4
2
K
3
2
5
1
5
2
Q
6
3
9 tricks claimed
N/S -100
8


Two Clubs
What is the correct game-forcing response to 1M with a hand containing equal length in the minors? Does it depend on suit quality or rebid preparations? While there are often tactical considerations in the auction, it is generally advisable to respond 2 with 4-4 in the minors to save space. Here, 2 has the added benefit of potentially inducing a diamond lead from the opponents if North-South land in a likely 3NT contract. It also leaves more room for opener to pattern out and maintains the ability to confirm a fit in either minor at the 3-level. We would go so far as to say that 2 should be bid with a wide variety of shapes, allowing 2 to show a decent 5-card suit. This gives 2 the same weight as 2 and generally allows the partnership to communicate more effectively. Playing standard methods, should North bid ‘where she lives’ or 2 here? Is this different from when partner opens 1m and you hold 4-4 in the majors? Should it matter if you hold primary support for partner’s major?

Three Clubs
South must show club support but there is some question of how that should be done. Should a splinter of 3 promise extra values, or merely promise a singleton diamond? For Debbie and Janice 3 promises more than a dead minimum, but not necessarily extras. 3, on the other hand, only guarantees 3-card support. So which is better? A splinter can be an invaluable tool to reach the right game, as well as excellent low-HCP slams. However, splintering into a singleton ace (or king) should usually be avoided, particularly without significant extras. In this case it may inhibit North’s ability to accurately evaluate her diamond holding for a notrump contract. Also, with such poor texture in the rounded suits, a jump to 3 could accelerate the partnership towards a poor slam. If slam is in the picture, 3 should still get the job done.

Three Diamonds
3 isn’t necessarily a cue bid for clubs (although it can be). Its primary objective is to find the correct strain. When there’s no major-suit fit, bids below 3NT are geared towards getting the partnership to the right game. Here, North is showing diamond values with a potential problem in hearts.

Three Hearts
3NT would show that hearts are well-managed so 3 says, “I have something in hearts but I’m not confident.”

Three Spades
West’s double was, in hindsight, a “Greek gift”. Without the double, North would have bid 3 and South would have bid 3NT; the extra steps gave North-South enough rope to hang themselves with. What’s the difference between passing and bidding 3 directly? Logically, pass represents a hand with less clear direction since it’s more ambiguous. North reasonably feared that her Kx was too good not to actively mention at this opportunity. But was 3 premature with J10x? What should South’s various actions show if North had passed the double back to her?

Four Spades
South knows the partnership is in a 7-card fit, but the suit is solid. However, 3NT is a reasonable alternative and South’s hand is as ‘notrumpy’ as it could be given the 3 response to 3. 4 would likely be a better contract than 3NT if North holds a doubleton heart. Would North pass a 3NT bid with that holding? Did she deny a partial heart stopper by bidding 3? Should 3NT here show a definitive heart stopper, or is Qxx enough based on the earlier bidding?

In auctions where Debbie and Janice cue-bid the opponents’ suit, asking for a stopper, and that bid is doubled, a redouble in direct seat guarantees the ace. If the double is passed to the cue-bidder, redouble would then show a partial stopper. Should this scheme be applied to the auction at hand after the double of 3? Does North deny secondary spade support if she passes or would it be possible to back into a spade contract at the 4-level?

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

17 Comments
Getting Comments... loading...
.

Bottom Home Top