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Decembers Solutions
What Would You Bid

Decembers’ Solution

 

This month we received only 11 sets of bids from our members.  After a long and deep think we have decided it is time to wind up this competition and say:

 

THANK YOU!

 

To all the participants who have taken part and sent in their bids, and to all the panelists -who we thank for their time spent and willingness to share their expertise.

When we, some 18 months ago, started What Would You Bid, we had four objectives:-

We wanted to create an activity in the midst of a pandemic that could help us mould two established bridge clubs together into the new club with a common community.

We wanted to provide our members with an activity that could help ease some of the burden and boredom inflicted upon us by the pandemic

We wanted to offer our members ‘food for thought’ that could help in improving their bidding.

We wanted to have some light hearted fun!

I can only hope that What Would You Bid has managed to achieve some of these objectives!

The winner of the last set of our competition is Barbara Lewis with a score of 53 followed by Gavin Callow on 51 and Joyce Jones on 49. None of the panelists managed a perfect 60, but Victor Ridding came close with a score of 59!

 

My comments are as usual in italics 


Problem 1

 
 
Dealer: West
Love All
Teams
 
South  
West  
North
East  
1♣ (1)
dbl
rdbl(2)
Pass
pass(3) 1 
dbl
?  
 
(1) Best Minor
(2) 9+
(3)  Not sub minimum
 
♠ J32
 Q8
 J6
♣ K96432
 

A few panelists have had enough of this auction and go for blood

Royce Alexander: Pass. Partner has at most 12 HCP and could well be 4-5-4-0 shape. East's Double is for penalties (after the Redouble) but there's no better contract. On a good day, partner may get 2 diamond ruffs.

Alec Smalley: Pass. Did East’s 2nd round Dbl show Hearts? as it wasn't alerted I assume it was for take out - Pass and wait for West to act.

The rest of the panel were less optimistic about the defensive qualities of the hand and tried to find safer shelter. Here they are in ascending order:

David Barton: 1♠. To some extent you need to know partner's style as to when he would X or overcall with a 5 card  suit. My experience is that when opponents X you at the one level they are usually right.

Michael Byrne: 1♠. the first priority is to keep the bidding low and look confident. No need to try 1NT yet

Rodney Lighton: 1♠. I don't foresee a happy outcome but 1♠looks better than 1.

Victor Ridding: 1♠. hoping this will be a slight improvement over 1.

Joy Blakey: 1NT.

Alan Jones: 1NT. Second choice, 1♠

Raymond Semp: 1NT. My first pass was penalties; 32, 32, 432, KQJ1098. 1NT was to play.

Irving Blakey: 2♣.

Jeffrey Smith: 2♣. To play. Partner is marked with 2 clubs (4432 at worst) so this should be safer.

 

Problem 1
#Panelists
Score
#No Competitors
1♠ 
4
10
0
1NT
3
8
1
Pass
2
4
7
2♣ 
2
7
3

 

 

 


Problem 2

Dealer: West
Game All
Teams 

 
South  
West  
North
East  
2 (1)
4 (2)
pass
?
     

(1) Weak 2 in Major OR strong 2 in Minor
(2) Two suiter -   & Major

♠ A103
 943
 653
♣ J652

We know that bridge players like discussing all aspects of the game until the cows come home and that we will have different camps and schools of thought. Great then to manage to construct a ‘problem’ where all the panelists agree! Might the harmony last? 

Royce Alexander: 4. (or Pass or correct to 4♠, depending on which major partner has). Partner should have only 3 or 4 losers for this space consuming 4 bid. e.g. At least x AKxxx AKQxx xx.

David Barton: 4. Pass or correct. I refuse to play Leaping Michaels because there is no definition of the strength of the call or the meanings of any continuations.

Irving Blakey: 4. Presumably pass or correct

Joy Blakey: 4. presumably pass or correct. I’ve kept the lower case to show that there is not 100% harmony! 

Michael Byrne: 4. What else? I assume this was put in to explain to competitors what "pass or correct" means. I bid 4 and if partner has spades he bids those. 

Alan Jones: 4. I assume this is pass or correct. 

Rodney Lighton: 4. Pass or correct.

Victor Ridding: 4. We want to play in partner's major and 4 must be pass or correct.

Raymond Semp: 4. Pass or correct. Easy one!

Alec Smalley: 4. for Partner to pass or correct to spades (might as well be in game rather than part score)

Jeffrey Smith: 4. Pass or Correct to 4♠

Problem 2
#Panelists
Score
#No Competitors
4 
11
10
9
2 
0
0
1
Pass
0
2
1

2  is an insufficient bid, but we all make them at times! 


Problem 3

 

Dealer: East
Game All
Teams

 South  

West  
North  
East  
    1♠ 
Pass
3♠(1) 
dbl
pass
?      

(1) Limit raise

♠ 108
 KJ2
 K863
♣ K1076

After having produced a non- problem problem, this one managed to split the panel and they produced 4 different answers. As usual the competitors managed to add a few more options.

We start with the odd one out:

Rodney Lighton: 4. With no aces this feels just too weak to force to game with 4NT.

The half- way house:

Royce Alexander: 4♣. Not sure what the TNT is, but 3♠X might make 8 or 9 tricks and I'm happy to play in whatever suit partner bids next.

Michael Byrne: 4♣. One of the best problems I've seen. Where have all the points come from? No matter what they say I can't the 3♠ bid is full value, probably the person who bid it will trot out some nonsense about the losing trick count. I'll try 4♣, but 4NT (or even pass!) Could be the winner as well

Now we have the minor suit gamers:

Irving Blakey: 4NT. Pick a minor - Could be the Moysian Heart fit might be the winning choice, but I'm not too good with three fits at the four level!

Alan Jones: 4NT. They seem to have the balance of the points so I assume partner is seriously distributional

Victor Ridding: 4NT. pick a minor. There seem to be a lot of points in this pack so I am hoping partner has only 1 spade.

The plurality goes for the major suit contract. Will they convince us?

David Barton: 4. Pass or correct. I refuse to play Leaping Michaels because there is no definition of the strength of the call or the meanings of any continuations.

Joy Blakey: 4.

Raymond Semp: 4. Need to be in game and 4 seems the best spot. Short hand (me) can take the spade force.

Alec Smalley: 4. 4?/Pass?4NT? - 4 confidently - We can take the force in the short hand (delayed if necs when partner singleton S) and should have enough power to make 10 tricks - not rated to get 800 out of 3♠ - more likely 200

Jeffrey Smith: 4. This is an awkward view since 4N (choose minor) may work better but partner usually has 4 hearts and the 4-3 fit should be playable.

 

Problem 3
#Panelists
Score
#No Competitors
4 
5
10
6
4NT
3
9
0
4♣ 
2
2
1
4 
1
2
0
Pass
0
6
3
4♠ 
0
5
1

 


Problem 4

Dealer: West
Love All
MP Pairs
 
South  
West  
North  
East  
 
1NT(1)
dbl 
2♠ (2)
?      

1) 12 - 14
(2) Natural & non forcing

♠ -
 AQ8542
 Q743
♣ Q84

 

Are we in a position to make the final decision? Most of the panelists think so, but some wants to discuss it further with partner.

Raymond Semp: Dbl. T/O! Then pass 3NT or play in 4 . Keeping 3NT in sight as a true Hog!

Royce Alexander: 3 . Forcing for now. Slam could be on (with minor suit finesses working) or not (with opener holding 2 of K, A, ♣A). But let's see what partner bids next. I assume you have to have a tool like Lebensohl (2NT forcing 3♣  which is passed or corrected) to end up in 3♥ with a weak hand, hence making a direct 3  forcing. An important position to discuss in any partnership.

Always room for the cue bidders:

Joy Blakey: 3♠.

Alan Jones: 3♠. Hope I can make it. Trying to outdo my jokes!

The “keep it simple” brigade wins the day:

David Barton: 4. I will just bid what I hope I can make

Irving Blakey: 4. Clear enough.

Michael Byrne: 4. Keep it simple, 3H is ambiguous. I assume 2♠ is a weak take out no matter what colourful name we give it. 

Rodney Lighton: 4. Bid what I hope I can make.

Victor Ridding: 4. Our system notes say that a double here would be penalties.

Alec Smalley: 4. I would quite like to invite slam in 's in a mild way via 3♠ but I think it unlikely - if we make 12 tricks in 4 it is unlikely to be a sub 50% board whereas going off in 5/6 is a bottom.

Jeffrey Smith: 4. Seems normal bid.

 

Problem 4
#Panelists
Score
#No Competitors
4 
7
10
9
3♠ 
2
8
0
Dbl
1
5
2
3 
1
1
0

Problem 5

Dealer: West
Love All
MP Pairs
 
South   
West  
North    
East  
1NT
pass
2 (1)
pass
3 (2)
dbl
3 
pass
pass
dbl
pass
?      

(1) Hearts
(2) 4 Hearts - Game invitational

♠ AJ92
 J43
 K95
♣ A53

Two main camps, but as usual we have the odd one out

Jeffrey Smith: 3♠. No need to strive for game at pairs where partner may protect with say 4 spades 5+ diamonds and not many points. Being the odd one out is not the same as being the odd one - very valid considerations and something for us lesser players to learn to consider.

Two schools of thought regarding how to get to the best game:

David Barton: 4. Sounds to me as if partner may be 4♠ and 6 so I will give him the chance to bid 4♠ else play in 5

Michael Byrne: 4. Game forcing choice of cue bid. I'm afraid this auction is a complete mystery to me. What on earth does "game invitational" mean? I assume it relates to the diamond suit but why then did partner double it? Also, why on earth did I pass 3? (Double as take out stands out a mile) I shall now assume partner has a singleton heart and 5, and hope that he has 4♠ also, if not we'll play 5

Alan Jones: 4 . I assume the 1NT bid is 12-14, as it was on the hand before. What does North's 3 bid show, as compared with a 3♣ or a 3 bid. So many questions. So little information …

Can the majority convince us?

Royce Alexander: 4♠. Partner has Diamonds, a shortage in Hearts, and surely 4 Spades. In fact, partner is likely to be 4-0-5-4 with no way of intervening directly over 1NT.  RHO could have a zero count and LHO will hold all the missing points. With only J wasted, 4♠ is sure to make. In fact, 6♠ could well make opposite 4-0-5-4 but not 4-1-4-4  But there’s no space to investigate. At pairs, I'll settle for 4♠.

Irving Blakey: 4♠. Fancy this possible Moysian better - (although partner looks more likely to have a 4/1/5/3 13-15 HCP)

Joy Blakey: 4♠.

Rodney Lighton: 4♠. Partner should be something like 4153 for this sequence.

Victor Ridding: 4♠. why didn't I bid over 3?

Raymond Semp: 4♠. I assume (1NT) was 12-14! North's first double for me showed  diamonds. The second was definitely T/O which left me no choice but to bid 4♠

Alec Smalley: 4♠. clear cut at teams - less so at pairs as -100 will score very badly, but it looks like a 30 point pack and all my stuff is working - I expect partner to be 4 - 1 - 5(6) - 3(2)

Problem 5
#Panelists
Score
#No Competitors
4♠ 
7
10
7
4 
3
2
2
3
1
3
0
4 
0
4
1
Pass
0
0
1

Problem 6

Dealer: West
N/S Vulnerable
MP Pairs
 
South  
West  
North  
East  
pass
1♠ 
3 
pass
pass
3♠ 
pass
?      
 

♠ -
 J87
 10985
♣ AKQ742

Our last problem split the panel, and only one of the competitors found the winning bid! A nice way to end the competition!

We’ll look at those looking to improve the contract - Starting with the favourite contract:

Irving Blakey: 3NT. Who knows? Looks like the Diamond blockage is our best shot.

Alan Jones: 3NT. Hope I can make this one too.

The investigators:

Royce Alexander: 4♣. Pass would be pusillanimous. Do we have a Diamond stop for 3NT (partner holding J or better). Or are Diamonds blocked? Or does partner have some club support? More likely. Will partner make 4♠ despite my void? Partner could well be 6-3-2-2, or 6-3-1-3, or 7-3-1-2. At pairs, 3NT is tempting but I think 4♣ or 5♣ or 4♠ are more likely to give us a plus score.

Michael Byrne: 4♣. Another complete mystery - why did I pass 3?? I will bid 4♣ now, and hope partner guesses what I have. If I hear 4 I can make up for my reticence with a wild leap to slam. 

The supporters (without support)

Joy Blakey: 4♠

Raymond Semp: 4♠. Another easy one. Let's hope it is as easy to make as to bid!

Jeffrey Smith: 4. Too good to pass and partner will have very good spades say KQJ10xx+ (else he would dbl) so that seems better than 3NT.

The winners are the group that took Jeffrey Smith’s advice from problem 5 to heart:

David Barton: Pass. It is match points so I should not hang partner for competing.

Rodney Lighton: Pass. I don't expect spades to behave well, so pusillanimous pass at pairs.

Victor Ridding: Pass. I am not going to rescue partner and my trumps aren't good enough to raise.

Alec Smalley: Pass. 3NT/4♠ may be correct but unlikely let's try to take a plus score at least - remember partner couldn't/wouldn't stand 3 doubled.

The passers don’t say too much, but as the song goes, you say it best when you say nothing al all.

This concludes this competition, and below are the last list of results.

The competition might be over, but to paraphrase Strictly Come Dancing:

 

Keeeeeeeep Bidding!!!

 

Problem 6
#Panelists
Score
#No Competitors
Pass
4
10
1
4♠ 
3
6
4
4♣ 
2
2
3
3NT
2
4
2
4 
0
1
1

Panelists

Panelists
P 1
P 2
P 3
P 4
P 5
P 6
Sum
Victor Ridding
1♠ 
4 
4NT
4 
4♠ 
Pass
59
Alec Smalley
Pass
4  4  4 
4♠ 
Pass
54
David Barton
1♠ 
4  4  4  4 
Pass
52
Joy Blakey
1NT
4  4 
3S
4♠ 
4♠ 
52
Rodney Lighton
1♠ 
4 
4 
4 
4♠ 
Pass
52
Irving Blakey
2♣ 
4 
4NT
4 
4♠ 
3NT
50
Raymond Semp
1NT
4  4 
Dbl
4♠ 
4♠ 
49
Jeffrey Smith
2♣ 
4  4  4 
3♠ 
4♠ 
46
Alan Jones
1NT
4 
4NT
3♠ 
4 
3NT
41
Michael Byrne
1♠ 
4 
4♣ 
4  4 
4♣ 
36
Royce Alexander
Pass
4 
4♣ 
3 
4♠ 
4♣ 
29


Competitors

Competitor
December
Barbara Lewis
53
Gavin Callow
51
Joyce Jones
49
Rob Harris
47
Mel Pelham
45
David Fussell
44
Paul Beckwith
44
Heather Saunders
42
Karen Reissmann
38
Dhun Daji
36
Ian James Pendlebury
33
Michael Greaney
30

 


Leaderboard Overall

Competitor
October
December
Sum
Mel Pelham
53
45
98
Rob Harris
48
47
95
Barbara Lewis
38
53
91
Dhun Daji
50
36
86
Joyce Jones
36
49
85
Heather Saunders
41
42
83
David Fussell
38
44
82
Ian James Pendlebury
44
33
77
Paul Beckwith
32
44
76
Karen Reissmann
33
38
71
Michael Greaney
30
30
60
Neil Thomas
56
0
56
Gavin Callow
0
51
51
Mary Green
38
0
38
Rosemary Moorhouse
33
0
33
Richard Acaster
30
0
30
Eamonn Scott
29
0
29
Adam Wiseberg
29
0
29
Valerie Morgan
23
0
23
Liz Ineson
22
0
22
Andrea Knowles
21
0
21
Geoff Ashcroft
21
0
21