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Some bidding problems from the Spingold 2011 QuarterFinals

Here is a bidding problem that Helgemo faced against the impressively performing Danish team:

Helgemo
Q943
A2
Q63
A864
W
N
E
S
3
X
P
?

Your call?

And another bidding problem, this one for Helness. Do you and your partner have a way to confirm that there is a spade stopper in the following auction? Does Lebensohl still apply?

Helness
75
AJ5
K3
J109652
W
N
E
S
1
P
P
1NT
2
?

And would you and your partner overcome the vigorous competition to reach 6 or even 7? Neither pair managed to get to slam in this Spingold match:

Zmudzinski
KQJ876
K83
Q9
73
Cayne
A
Q4
108632
Q10852
Balicki
9532
J10962
J
J96
Seamon
104
A75
AK754
AK4
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
2
3
X
P
5
P
P
P
D
14
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
A
2
4
1
1
0
2
J
A
13 tricks claimed
N/S +440
2

 

Now for the result of the first hand, if you guessed to bid 4 lose 12 imps. Your teammate failed to preempt so the opponents had an easy run to 3NT, perhaps not a wonderful spot but it made.

Helgemo
Q943
A2
Q63
A864
Madsen
K107
876
9
QJ9732
Helness
A85
J10543
AJ104
K
Schaltz
J62
KQ9
K8752
105
W
N
E
S
3
X
P
4
P
P
P
D
9
4 West
NS: 0 EW: 0
9
4
K
6
3
1
0
8
3
7
10
1
2
0
6
3
9
A
0
2
1
3
10
A
2
2
2
2
5
6
9
K
1
3
2
7
4
Q
2
3
4
2
9 tricks claimed
E/W -100
6

And on the second hand, Helness bid 3NT and yes partner had no spade stopper and the opponents took the first six tricks in spades.

 

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