Mixed Open Pairs Final - Session 2
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Same theme as previous. You will be presented with decisions. The second session is boards 17-32.

Board 17. No-one vulnerable. Before you see the board, pick which seat you want to be scored on - North, East, South, West. Lots of decisions coming up. There's luck in matchpoints so picking the right seat is important.

We start in the East seat after a 1 bid to your right.

East
J973
10732
K
AK64
W
N
E
S
1
?

East
J973
10732
K
AK64
W
N
E
S
1
?

Double seems normal, a little aggressive but you won't win by not bidding.

Over to South:

South
654
QJ95
AJ63
Q2
W
N
E
S
1
X
?

xx = 10+ HCP, balanced. 1M is 4+ cards; undiscussed with your partner if this is forcing or not. 1NT is 7-10, balanced.

South
654
QJ95
AJ63
Q2
W
N
E
S
1
X
?

You have choices. XX to let partner know that you have 10+ and willing to penalize. You could bid 1 to show a 4 card heart suit. Certainly possible that your RHO is 4=3=2=4 or 4=3=1=5 and you do not want to miss a heart fit. You could bid 1NT to show a balanced 8-10 HCP.

You choose XX. You made it to the final on doubling opponents overbids and willing to sit for the penalty - why change now?

Over to West.

West
K82
A64
9752
J85
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
?

West
K82
A64
9752
J85
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
?

Everyone at the table knows that you have the least HCP. In this situation, your job is to help partner and bid your fit. You have 3=3=4=3 shape, you do not care which suit partner picks. Your correct bid is pass to let partner know that the decision is up to him.

Back to North:

North
AQ10
K8
Q1084
10973
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
?

You have 3244 shape. Your LHO has doubled and has something like 4414 shape. Your RHO is either 2-2 or 3-3 in the majors as they did not bid.

North
AQ10
K8
Q1084
10973
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
?

You have little to add to the auction. You pass.

Back to East:

East
J973
10732
K
AK64
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
?

Oops. You are in trouble. Partner is 2-2 or 3-3 in the majors. She would have bid a four card major. You can't sit for 1XX. You bid 1. This hand is getting ugly.

Back to South:

South
654
QJ95
AJ63
Q2
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
?

Your RHO has bid your suit. Time to let everyone know. You hope to set it at least 1 trick. No-one is vulnerable. Doubled down 1 scores 100; if you bid 1NT and make only 1, you will score 90. An overtrick is 120. But doubled down 2 is 300 for a probable top. You made the finals on willingness to penalize. It doesn't matter that you RHO is a world champion. Time to show who is the boss. You double.

Back to West:

West
K82
A64
9752
J85
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
X
?

You have a surprisingly good hand for the auction. Everyone has shown 10+ HCP and you have 8. You have every bid you have made and are faultless. No reason to ruin perfection - partner dug the hole, you have nothing to add, you pass.

Back to North:

North
AQ10
K8
Q1084
10973
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
X
P
?

Yuk. Are you willing to sit for 1X? You have a good idea on what everyone has. You are 3244. You presume your LHO is 4414. Your partner should have 4+ hearts and has 10+ HCP. Your RHO has little, balanced in the majors. You put your LHO on 4414, your RHO on 3343, leaving your partner with 3442. Is it right to sit for 1X knowing that they have likely found a 7 card fit.

You pass. You don't win matchpoint events by pulling penalty doubles. You know that they are in a probable 7 card fit, but your LHO does not. It is important to pass in tempo. Don't give away the fact that they are in their best major suit fit.

Back to East.

East
J973
10732
K
AK64
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
X
P
P
?

Oh dear. Deep doo doo. You have 11 HCP. You have at least the same on your right and presumably the same or more on your left. Your partner hasn't helped one bit. Who has what? You can put your LHO on 4+ hearts. Your partner is balanced, 2-2 or 3-3 in the majors. She does not have a 4 card major. Did your RHO open 1 with 4432 or are they 3343? Is partner 22xx or 33xx?

East
J973
10732
K
AK64
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
X
P
P
?

At our table, Hemant Lall bid 1. I haven't asked him the reason but presume that he knew that there were 4+ hearts to his left, and was hoping that if there were 4 spades to his right he may make 1 extra trick in spades through a trump promotion. They finished second in the event.

Back to South:

South
654
QJ95
AJ63
Q2
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
X
P
P
1
?

You have told partner that you have 4+ hearts, 10+ HCP. You do not have a penalty double of spades. You pass.

Back to West:

West
K82
A64
9752
J85
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
X
P
P
1
P
?

You continue to have the hand that you keep bidding. You are running out of pass cards. The auction is still at the 1 level.

Back to North:

North
AQ10
K8
Q1084
10973
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
X
P
P
1
P
P
?

Do you make a penalty double of 1, do you bid 1NT? Or something else. Your bid?

North
AQ10
K8
Q1084
10973
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
X
P
P
1
P
P
?

It is difficult. Your RHO has run from a 4 card heart suit where the hearts appear to be 4432 to a 4 card spade suit where the spades appear to be 4333. Partner did not double so does not have 4 spades. She may only have 2 but this is not likely on the bidding as we presume that our RHO is balanced in the majors. You have 11 HCP, you can put your LHO and partner on the same.

At the table, it was close between 1NT and double. I chose to double. Being willing to double and sit for penalties is important in match points.

At this point, West had run out of pass cards so I think the rules are that we must all pass. So we did. Next time this happens we ought to call the director to find out if this really is a rule, but we had spent a long time bidding the first board and needed to play the hand.

For your score for this board, choose which seat you want - North, East or South.

South
654
QJ95
AJ63
Q2
W
N
E
S
1
X
XX
P
P
1
X
P
P
1
P
P
X
P
P
P

My partner led a heart. Anything but a low diamond will set the contract by 1. A low diamond lets the contract make. We later mis-defended. Badly. The full hand:

West
K82
A64
9752
J85
North
AQ10
K8
Q1084
10973
East
J973
10732
K
AK64
South
654
QJ95
AJ63
Q2
W
N
E
S

1
X
XX
P
P
1
X
P
P
1
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
17
1X East
NS: 0 EW: 0

Lot of decisions for one board. What do you score?

Par is 3NT by NS, but you are not going to get there on a balanced 11 opposite a balanced 10. No-one bid it.

If you passed (one table did), if NS, score 1, if EW score 9. The EW pair this happened to were the eventual winners.

If you sat North, and bid NT at any point, score 6. If you doubled 1, score 1. You can set it one but +100 is not as good as +120.

If you sat East, and bid as Hemant did, score 8. If you played 1x, score 0.

If you sat South, and bid NT at any point, score 6, if not score 1.

One hand should not define what to do with future similar auctions.

This is a good example hand where multiple decisions have to be made. 1 by East goes down by 3. 1 by East goes down by 1. Hemant bid this well.

Board 18. First, pick which seat you want to have your score based on.

First decision coming up...

East
K74
9652
2
AQJ85
W
N
E
S
?

Do you open or not? NS are vulnerable, you are not. Your bid?

East
K74
9652
2
AQJ85
W
N
E
S
?

You choose to pass. If you opened 1, score 1. Ignore rest of the board.

Over to South. Playing 14+ to 17 1NT. Do you upgrade?

South
A985
AK103
K95
97
W
N
E
S
P
?

This hand is better than average. Controls (Ace and Kings), fillers (10s and 9s). It will be hard for partner to believe you are this strong. The final decider is the seat. You are second seat. You are vulnerable, they are not. You want the bid that best describes your hand to your partner. 1NT seems the best bid. You bid 1NT. West passes. Over to North:

North
QJ10632
7
10863
64
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
?

Not much of a decision to make; transfer partner to spades. The hand is not good enough to invite. You expect this to be a boring hand played in 2. You are willing to compete to 3 if the opponents decide to interfere.

Over to West again. The auction has taken a twist

West
QJ84
AQJ74
K1032
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
?

You venture a double. You know that they are bidding to at least 3. Partner is a passed hand. You are not vulnerable, they are. You might find a sacrifice. You are not worried about them playing 2NTx - you will let partner pick his best non-spade suit.

Over to East.

East
K74
9652
2
AQJ85
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
X
3
?

Partner has short spades, there are 4 to your left, 5+ to your right. You have 3, partner has at most one. Partner's double is showing points and a sacrifice. Put partner on 1444 shape and values. You have far more than partner might expect, almost an opening bid.

East
K74
9652
2
AQJ85
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
X
3
X

You choose double. You are a little worried that partner might take this as a lead director, but 4 might make. 4 may be better as a lead director, but you may not be able to show hearts.

Back to South.

South
A985
AK103
K95
97
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
X
3
X
?

The auction has changed a bit. The opponents have woken up. You are now at the 3 level. Partner wants you to play the hand, so keep partner happy. You bid 3.

Back to West

West
QJ84
AQJ74
K1032
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
X
3
X
3
?

Can you make 4? Your partner has shown heart support. You know that they have some spades. Presumably partner either has values or shortness. Your choices are pass, X, 4 to show values in that suit or 4. Your bid?

West
QJ84
AQJ74
K1032
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
X
3
X
3
4

You choose 4.

As expected you get doubled by the 1NT opener. Over to North.

North
QJ10632
7
10863
64
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
X
3
X
3
4
P
P
X
P
?

North
QJ10632
7
10863
64
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2NT
X
3
X
3
4
P
P
X
P
?

Pass seems clear. Partner knows you have long spades and next to nothing. But you are on VuGraph! The world is watching. You make the master bid of 4.

Promptly doubled. The full deal:

West
QJ84
AQJ74
K1032
North
QJ10632
7
10863
64
East
K74
9652
2
AQJ85
South
A985
AK103
K95
97
W
N
E
S

P
1N
P
2
P
2N
X
3
X
3
4
P
P
X
P
4
X
P
P
P
D
18
4X South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Did you remember which seat you picked for scoring purposes?

If you picked North, and passed 4X, you can set them 1, table result of 100 and you score 9. If you bid 4, you score 1. Table result of -500, and an unhappy partner.

If you picked West and never bid, score 2. They stopped in 3, down 1. You can make 3, partner can make 4. If you bid 4, you were going to score 1, but North returned the gift and you score 9.

If you picked East, go with what your partner decided.

If you picked South, North made the final decision, so you get the same score.

Lots of decisions on the first two boards.

Board 19. Take the NS seats.

North
Q
AJ763
6
AJ9653
South
J8763
Q52
104
KQ8
W
N
E
S
P
P
?

What is your opening bid? What is the final contract that you and your partner will get to using your methods on this auction. East will overcall diamonds, West will raise diamonds. How do you bid and do you bid game in hearts or not?

If you bid game in hearts, score 7. 7 pairs did just that. If you stopped short of game, score 3.

West
K10542
K84
K72
42
North
Q
AJ763
6
AJ9653
East
A9
109
AQJ9853
107
South
J8763
Q52
104
KQ8
D
19

On to Board 20. All vulnerable.

North
AKQ75
8432
10987
W
N
E
S
1
?

The choices are pass, 1 or double.

Let's say you choose 1. Over to partner:

South
83
J1065
J95
AJ42
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
?

Your choices seem to be pass or 1NT.

If you bid 1NT, score 0. You get a bottom.They will pass and take the first ten tricks. -400 table result. Your partner's 1 bid kept them out of NT.  If you passed, score 4.

West
J104
A9
AKQ7632
3
North
AKQ75
8432
10987
East
962
KQ7
1084
KQ65
South
83
J1065
J95
AJ42
D
20

Board 21 is a pedestrian 4 NS.

West
J83
93
J9862
832
North
92
QJ1082
73
KQ95
East
KQ105
AK5
54
J1064
South
A764
764
AKQ10
A7
D
21

Except at your table, NS bid to 3NT. Down 1. You get a gift. Score 10.

Board 22 is interesting for the play in 3NT.

West
93
KQ53
K96
AQ94
North
AKJ
A10864
7
J1065
East
1087642
92
Q83
83
South
Q5
J7
AJ10542
K72
D
22

5 declarers made game, 4 did not. If you think you can make 3NT, score 8, if not score 2.

Bid this hand with your partner. Board 23. Both vulnerable. South is the dealer.

North
K965
AK732
A
732
South
Q
J1065
Q1062
AKJ8

Did you bid slam? 14 opposite 13? If so, congratulations, score 10. Everyone else stopped in 4. Score 5.

West
J872
Q
J9874
1054
North
K965
AK732
A
732
East
A1043
984
K53
Q96
South
Q
J1065
Q1062
AKJ8
D
23

Change for next round. Board 24. No-one vulnerable. You stay NS.

North
Q2
AQJ63
K5
Q984
South
AJ
9742
AJ4
A532
W
N
E
S
P

Do you bid slam on this hand? 14 opposite 14?

If you bid slam, congratulations, score another lucky 10. One pair bid 6, everyone else stopped in 4. Score 5.

West
109865
K5
Q96
1076
North
Q2
AQJ63
K5
Q984
East
K743
108
108732
KJ
South
AJ
9742
AJ4
A532
D
24

The K is onside doubleton, the spade finesse is on. You pull trump, strip diamonds.

New round. Board 25. EW are vulnerable. Pick your seat - want to score for NS or EW?

If you pick NS, you need to bid the hand.

North
Q6
AQ98
AQ
KQJ98
South
J1085
K7
KJ85
A43

Do you bid slam on this hand? 20 opposite 12?

Of course you do. You've missed make-able slams on the last two boards. 20 opposite 12. The fast auction is 2NT-6NT. (The auction at our table was a little longer).

If you want to score for West/East, over to East.

East
A4
10632
76
107652
W
N
E
S
2NT
P
6NT
P
P
P

At our table, the auction was so long that we were running out of time. I led A to get the hand over.

If you picked EW and led A, score 9, else score 3. Partner will encourage in spades - she has the K. The full hand.

West
K9732
J54
109432
North
Q6
AQ98
AQ
KQJ98
East
A4
10632
76
107652
South
J1085
K7
KJ85
A43
W
N
E
S
2NT
P
6NT
P
P
P
D
25
6NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0

Two other declarers went down in 6NT. One got a 5 lead, one a 2 lead. Sometimes you can't trust what people put for the opening lead. I fail to see how anyone can go down with those leads.

Board 26. Both vulnerable. Take the East seat. See if you can butcher it as much as I did.

East
AQ72
KQJ954
Q10
Q
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
2NT
?

You have lots of choices - 3 showing a strong hand in hearts, 3 showing a strong hand in spades. 3 and 3 are competing. X is willingness to penalize. 4 and 4 are to play. Do you want to allow your LHO to be able to get a bid in at a low level.

I bid 4. Promptly doubled on my left. Score 5. If you bid anything else, score 5. Sometimes scoring makes no sense. The full deal.

West
K985
3
5
KJ98765
North
76
AKJ874
A10432
East
AQ72
KQJ954
Q10
Q
South
J10643
A1082
9632
D
26

You have scores for 10 boards (17 through 26). Add them up. Multiply by 2. Divide by 10. Add 40. That's your approximate percentage score for this session.

The remaining boards I don't remember much about. Mostly part score battles. If you can bid 4 on board 29, give yourself an extra percentage point.

West
A6
84
K95432
986
North
QJ3
107
A8
KJ10543
East
K109842
KQJ62
Q
Q
South
75
A953
J1076
A72
D
27

West
KQJ6
10
AQ95
AQ43
North
A54
KJ864
87
1096
East
82
Q75
KJ1064
J52
South
10973
A932
32
K87
D
28

West
AJ63
KQ84
2
AJ109
North
8
J92
AK764
K765
East
74
A1073
109853
Q3
South
KQ10952
65
QJ
842
D
29

West
Q2
A109632
Q872
5
North
KJ976
8
1093
KJ107
East
85
KQJ
AJ54
A932
South
A1043
754
K6
Q864
D
30

West
J7
A10
987642
J76
North
643
Q97432
QJ3
5
East
KQ1085
J8
10
A8432
South
A92
K65
AK5
KQ109
D
31

West
1076
754
A753
Q108
North
K3
AJ832
108
K974
East
842
109
KQJ94
AJ6
South
AQJ95
KQ6
62
532
D
32