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Hand of the Day - jul17
HotD-thu : Welsh Cup Final : 3jul17 : B1

This was the first board in the 64-board final of the Welsh Cup played this week.  Paul Denning was East and had this defensive problem to resolve.

Although they have bid the suit, there is nothing better than a club to try at trick one as the opening lead and the singleton in dummy gives you hope until the best partner can produce is the ten.  Declarer wins the jack, and plays ace and another diamond, partner showing three diamonds.  How are you going to beat this contract?

The first thing to recognise is that declarer now had available three club tricks and four diamond tricks. So you will only beat this by cashing major suit winners.  Also, declarer has shown up already with 12 hcp, from an expectation of 15-17, so you expect there to be just one high card hidden in declarer's hand.

If declarer has the ♠K you are going to need to cash five hearts to beat the contract, which means partner needs to have KQxxx  and has not taken the chance to bid then after 1♣-P-1; it could happen.  The alternative is to play partner for the ♠K and declarer for the K.   Ideally partner's play in diamond would give you a hint, but after showing the count partner had a choice of two sequences for the last two cards.  One of these sequences has to be neutral and that was the one you saw.

What Paul spotted was tne option to start with the ♠A and see if partner encourages or discourages.  That seems to cater for both possibilities. Here the ♠A fetched an encouraging deuce (notice the importance of reverse attitude here - you could not afford to encourage with a high card).  Next Paul played the ♠J and that generated four spade tricks.  It wasn't hard for West to play through the Q after that and the contract was down one.

All that gained was 4 imps, but since the final margin was just +7, half the match was won on the first board!

HotD-wed : Summer Teams : 3jul17 : B24

This was the other slam hand from Monday and it was bid by only 2/8 pairs.  That's not so terrible, as it is a decent slam but likely to go down if the hearts do not behave.

The bidding shown was that of Tricia Gilham (North) and Richard Harris (South).  Note how the strong jump shift was used effectively;  after the 1♠ opener, the heart hand is excellent opposite a 15+ balanced (which didn't open 1N) and it has good spade support opposite any unbalanced 1♠ opener. In neither case will it force to slam, but telling partner this is a good hand puts the opener in a good place to make the crucial decision.

Opening on the North hand is not a given; it would actually be more attractive were it first in hand, but the two tens are well placed, and at least two tables opened 1♠ on Monday (did you?). After the responder cues in spades and then doesn't cue in diamonds, it is almost a command for the opener to bid the slam with diamond control.  South would have to bid the same way with  AKQ754 and then slam would be just about 100%.

If North were to pass initially, all is not lost - as long as North, after hearing partner open 1, wakes up with a fit jump of 2♠ which promises spades and three card heart support.  South might make a gentle move now and if that is 3♣ (the more descriptive 3♠ might not be forcing) then North can continue with a jump to 4 to show shortage there and roughly the shape held.  South might now bid the slam.  Or do I hear "dream on" at suggesting that?


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HotD-tue : Summer Teams : 3jul17 : B17

This was the a curious hand from last night - in that two tables played at the four level, two played at the five level, two played at the six level, and two played at the seven-level.

The two leading teams on the night were the two who ended at the seven level and they produced a flat board in down one. Only one North players maanged to have partner put down a near solid heart suit in dummy, but his 5♣ proved impossible with the bad break. The only real success was Richard Harris who played in 6 making (the other declarer in 6 went off).

What should happen?  The auction illustrated is a candidate start.  North has the shape one normally associated with a preempt, but at this vulnerability the hand seems too strong for that.  After 1♣-P, South must use a game force if that is available.  Otherwise the bidding is likely to become too contorted in efforts to keep it forcing.  After the start shown, West will be expecting them to have a club fit and maximum disruption seems the order of the day; hence 4.

What can North do now?  It seems odd not to rebid a good 8-card suit, but the strong heart bid from South should temper North's certainty as to what trumps should be.  A pass will leave South able to bid 4 although that does seem rather an underbid.  The difficulty with anything else except 5 or 6 is that it may well be read as showing club support (suggesting a jump shift based on a club fit).  The catch with 5 is that it sounds like the hand has two losing diamonds and is looking for a control there.

Sometimes you have to shut your eyes and bid what you think you might make.  Put me down for 6 at this point.

But that might not be the end of the story.  North is looking at two aces and a potential diamond ruff.  Does that constitute a raise?

Stories please - what happened at your table?