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Play Problem 020
Play Problem 020 contributed by Graham Broadbent

The Final of the Pottage Cup was played at Basingstoke on Sunday 13 May.
This was Board 33 (hands rotated).  It’s not a test of play, but an interesting bidding problem.


You are the dealer, South.  No-one is vulnerable.
          You pick up ♠ J10432 Q85 A10432 ♣ none.
You pass, as does your left-hand opponent and partner opens 2 Clubs (23 plus points or game forcing in an undisclosed suit).


Any response you make is potentially flawed, can you make the right bid to steer the partnership towards the best spot?  Decide before reading on.



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Partner held ♠ AKQ9 none K5 ♣ AKQJ987 and thirteen tricks in either black suit are trivial, but how do you get to the Grand Slam?


SolutionTo Play Problem 020


Board 33 (Hands Rotated)

Dealer South, None vulnerable
The full deal.


The board was played eight times and it is interesting to look at the spread of results in a strong field. No-one found the optimum spot of 7 spades, three pairs got to 7 clubs (although one doesn’t know if this was by scientific means or by“blasting it”!).  However only one of them got a top, the lucky pair who were doubled!


Contract

+ Result


Score

Match Points


My Notes

N/S .

E/W

4S + 3

510

0

14

E/W do nothing and collect a top!

6C + 1

940

2

12

South didn’t bid his spades?

6S +1

1010

6

8

Right strain, difficult to find the Grand.

6S +1

1010

6

8


6S +1

1010

6

8


7 C =

1440

11

3

Well bid, deserve a joint top!

7 C =

1440

11

3



7 C* =


1630


14


0

Silly double, if its going off E/W will

collect at least a joint top anyway!