Join Bridge Winners
Mixed Open Pairs Final - Session 3
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The third and final session was 18 boards, numbered 1-18.

Board 1. No-one vulnerable. North is dealer. What contract do you reach with these two hands?

North
QJ5
87
AQ6
AKJ106
South
A8
Q10543
J4
Q532

Final contract?

Most will upgrade the North hand and the auction will be 1-1-2NT-3-3NT. Did you bid 3NT or 5?

12 pairs reached 3NT, one was doubled (the winners). 1 pair stopped in 3. All declarers took 9 tricks in NT, except one that only took 8. Score 6 if you bid to 3NT.

Full deal:

West
K107
KJ96
1098
974
North
QJ5
87
AQ6
AKJ106
East
96432
A2
K7532
8
South
A8
Q10543
J4
Q532
D
1
 

Board 2. NS vulnerable. Bid the EW hands, East is the dealer:

West
AKQ6
K84
KQ2
K94
East
102
Q1072
93
J10765

Final contract?

Score 8 for 1NT, 6 for 2NT and 1 for 3NT. Strong clubbers can stop in 1NT, standard bidders will open 2NT and play there.

Full deal:

West
AKQ6
K84
KQ2
K94
North
J7
J6
AJ875
AQ32
East
102
Q1072
93
J10765
South
98543
A953
1064
8
D
2

Board 3. EW vulnerable. South dealer. This time, bid all hands

West
K82
1098732
K10
K3
North
AQ1096
K5
95
9875
East
4
AQJ4
QJ8642
Q2
South
J753
6
A73
AJ1064
D
3

Do you open the South hand? Do you open the West hand with 2? Do you bid with the North hand. Do you pass it out? What is the final contract if you are playing against yourself? (Try to cover up the other hands as you bid against yourself).

Final contract?

No-one passed it out. Everyone reached 4. Some doubled. Some sacrificed in 5 (3 doubled, 1 did not). 4 makes, 5 is down one. 4 scores 5, bidding 5 scores 7. NS have 19 HCP, EW have 21 HCP.

West
K82
1098732
K10
K3
North
AQ1096
K5
95
9875
East
4
AQJ4
QJ8642
Q2
South
J753
6
A73
AJ1064
D
3

Board 4. All vulnerable. West dealer. Do you open?

West
AJ32
Q97
KJ7
987

Your bid?

West
AJ32
Q97
KJ7
987

Your have 11 HCP, but 4-3-3-3 shape. You have fillers. This is a marginal first seat opener for some.

If you pass, the auction goes P (by you) - 1 (on your left) - P - P - ? Do you bid now?

If you bid 1, the auction goes 1 - 1 - X - P. What do you bid now?

Either:

West
AJ32
Q97
KJ7
987
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
P
?

Or

West
AJ32
Q97
KJ7
987
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
P
?

Your bid?

Option 1:

West
AJ32
Q97
KJ7
987
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
P
?

Do you balance? Do you bid 1NT?

If you let them play 1, which happened at 3 tables, score 2.

Or

West
AJ32
Q97
KJ7
987
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
P
?

If you bid 1NT, score 3. If you bid 2, score 4. If you pass, score 8. Anything else, score 6.

The winning bid is to pass 1 doubled, and defend carefully. You can make 3NT, but are not likely to bid it with 11 opposite 10.

The full deal

West
AJ32
Q97
KJ7
987
North
KQ9765
K5
A53
K2
East
108
AJ108
106
AJ1043
South
4
6432
Q9842
Q65
D
4

Board 5. North is the dealer again, no-one vulnerable.

So far the hands have been flat. That's about to change. Take the East seat.

East
AKQJ953
AKJ
92
Q
W
N
E
S
P
2
P
2
P

Do you bid 2 or 3? 3 has a lot going for it. You are setting trumps, ignoring whatever partner has and asking them to cue bid an Ace or raise you to 4 without an Ace.

Suppose you choose 2. Partner replied 3. Now what?

If you chose 2, and partner replied 3, now what do you do?

Do you key card? Or keep bidding? Plan auction after partner's 3 or 3 bid.

Three pairs bid slam. All down 1. Rest are in 4 making 5, except one pair in 5 down 1. Score 2 if you bid the slam, 6 otherwise. The full deal.

West
109543
KQ854
K107
North
762
82
J106
J8642
East
AKQJ953
AKJ
92
Q
South
1084
Q76
A73
A953
D
5

What does West's bid show in your system? Is West supposed to bid a 5 card heart suit with no honors before a 5 card diamond suit with honors?

Board 6 is boring. Full deal:

West
1042
K8765
J82
J10
North
8
Q10
AQ9754
AK43
East
KQ953
94
K6
Q972
South
AJ76
AJ32
103
865
D
6

Board 7. All vulnerable. South dealer. Take the EW hands, the opponents are silent. Using your methods, what contract do you reach?

West
A97632
63
Q72
AK
East
4
AKQ97
K6
QJ652

Final contract?

10 pairs bid to 3NT, taking 12 tricks. 3 pairs bid to 4 of a major. Score 6 for bidding 3NT, otherwise 1. Full deal

West
A97632
63
Q72
AK
North
KQ85
J105
9543
43
East
4
AKQ97
K6
QJ652
South
J10
842
AJ108
10987
D
7

Board 8. No-one vulnerable. West dealer.

South
J109
K9432
A8543
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
4
P
P
P
 

Your lead?

All pairs ended up in 4, some by W, some by E. The only card that appears to cause problems for East is the 9 and they are worried it is a singleton. I'm sure Michael Rosenberg would have found that lead. The safe J leads to 11 tricks.

This hand is interesting because it appears that declarer should easily make 11 tricks. At the table, 4 made 10, 8 made 11 and 1 made 12 tricks.

Matchpoint luck will determine if your declarer took 10 or 11. The full deal:

West
Q5
AJ108
AQJ8
K97
North
K842
5432
105
QJ2
East
A763
KQ976
76
106
South
J109
K9432
A8543
D
8
 

Board 9. A flat 3NT. Or should have been for most pairs.

West
J9
J65
9765
J1043
North
Q53
A42
K102
AQ75
East
K876
K109
AJ84
82
South
A1042
Q873
Q3
K96
D
9

Board 10. EW vulnerable. East dealer. Take the West cards:

West
AJ1098742
95
82
5
W
N
E
S
P
1
?

How high? Your bid?

Anything could be right from pass, through some number of spades. Both sides are vulnerable. Partner is a passed hand. Either 3 or 4 seems reasonable.

Supposing you bid 4. Over to North.

North
Q
1087632
J105
AQ4
W
N
E
S
P
1
4
?
 

Your bid?

North
Q
1087632
J105
AQ4
W
N
E
S
P
1
4
?
 

You have to do something. Partner has opened the bidding. Double seems reasonable. Introducing a 6 card suit missing AKQJ at the 5 level looks risky. You double. Over to South:

South
3
AK
AK7643
KJ87
W
N
E
S
P
1
4
X
P
?

Do you pass, bid 5, 5, 6 or 6? You have 18 HCP, 6 more than partner expects. You have controls (Aces and Kings). Is 5 a possibility?

Matchpoints are won on the bidding and lost on the play.

Your bid?

6 pairs found 6. Score 7. Letting them play 4x is down 2. Score 2. 5 making 5 scores better than 5 making 7 (650 v. 640). Score 5 for 5, 3 for 5. 6 does not do well. Score 0. If you played 6, and your LHO led his stiff club, score 9. You take all 13 tricks.

Full deal:

West
AJ1098742
95
82
5
North
Q
1087632
J105
AQ4
East
K65
QJ4
Q9
109632
South
3
AK
AK7643
KJ87
D
10

Board 11 is 4 played by North.

First, figure out your line of play on the K lead (hand is not rotated, lead is from East). When do you pull trumps? How do you pull trumps (leading from which hand with what card)?

North
A10753
AKJ8
876
2
South
K984
Q3
AJ5
K1098
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P

See how good your declarer play is. Play the hand: http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?n=sA10753hAKJ8d876c2&e=sh107654dKQ93cQ743&s=sK984hQ3dAJ5cK1098&w=sQJ62h92d1042cAJ65&d=S&nn=Not%20rotated&en=Bridgescore+&sn=Enjoy&wn=Generated%20by&d=s&b=11&v=0&a=1Cp1Sp2sp4sppp

You must play it carefully to make 10 tricks. Trumps break 4-0. All pairs were in 4. Only 3 pairs made it. 

If you make 10 tricks, score 9, if not score 4.

Full hand: 

West
QJ62
92
1042
AJ65
North
A10753
AKJ8
876
2
East
107654
KQ93
Q743
South
K984
Q3
AJ5
K1098
D
11

Board 12. NS vulnerable. Bid these hands EW, West is the dealer:

West
A65
KQ
KJ952
AJ9
East
K7
98653
AQ10764

Most 2/1 auctions will be 1-1-2NT-3-3. Do you have agreements on RKC for diamonds. Is 4 forcing? Is 4 RKC? Do you reach 3NT or 5 or 6?

One table was in 4, one in 5, two in 7 (one was doubled), the rest are in 6.

Board 13. Both vulnerable. You are North, the dealer.

North
Q42
6
843
AKJ943

Your bid?

If you bid then you can compete to 3. Score 7 for bidding, 4 for not. Full deal:

West
K65
J852
J10962
2
North
Q42
6
843
AKJ943
East
AJ93
A73
AK7
1075
South
1087
KQ1094
Q5
Q86
D
13
 

Board 14. No-one vulnerable. East dealer. Take the N hand:

North
74
J109
A106
AKQJ6
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
?

Your bid?

You can't pass. Too strong. You bid 3. Over to partner:

South
A965
A85
Q2
5432
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
3
P
?

Your bid?

Most tables found 3NT in NS. Making 3.

Full deal

West
J832
KQ7642
754
North
74
J109
A106
AKQJ6
East
KQ10
3
KJ983
10987
South
A965
A85
Q2
5432
D
14

The last 4 boards were flat:

West
AK8
65
KJ98
A875
North
J1042
42
4
KQJ1043
East
Q953
AQ83
AQ103
2
South
76
KJ1097
7652
96
D
15
 

Most pairs found 3NT, making 9 or 10.

West
K108
J7
QJ875
QJ3
North
742
A102
A4
A9762
East
QJ653
K963
106
108
South
A9
Q854
K932
K54
D
16

Another 3NT.

West
105
A85
KQ104
KQJ5
North
K
9742
862
A10643
East
AJ8762
KQJ3
J97
South
Q943
106
A53
9872
D
17
 

And another.

West
AK108
AJ2
7543
Q2
North
J6
853
K9
AK9643
East
Q95
10964
AJ86
J10
South
7432
KQ7
Q102
875
D
18

Only 1NT this time.

Add up all your scores. Each board was scored on a 0-10 scale, but is worth 2% overall. The winners were hard to catch. They played well, took their tricks, got some gifts, and didn't give up any. You would have been hard pressed to catch them. Congratulations to Franck and Sylvie.

Some of the bidding/play in these reports was at our table; some is pulled from VuGraph.

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