The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Monday, October 13, 2003


Read it and weep, homies: The Caroline Club conquers again. Here are two interesting hands from the semifinal match, which we won by 5 imps after trailing by 2 at halftime.

1. Vulnerable v. not, you deal hold: SAQxxxx HKxxx DCKQx. You open 1S and LHO preempts with 4D. Partner bids 5D. What do you do when RHO passes?

2. All vulnerable, you hold in fourth chair: STxx HDAT98xxx CAxx. LHO opens 1H, partner overcalls 1S, and RHO bids 3H, which is a preemptive raise. What now?

Let's suppose you bid 4H. LHO bids 5H and partner and RHO pass. What now?

The first hand was held by my left-hand opponent and by my teammate Eric. At our table, my partner Scott preeempted 4D. Opener decided to bid his void, 6D. His partner held SKxxxx HAx DAT CAJxx. He didn't like the diamond void opposite his ace and decided not to risk the grand.

Eric risked 5H. He was cue-bidding a king but had very powerful offense. This led to a slower cue-bidding sequence (6C - 6D) and Brian was able to bid the grand. This gained us 13 imps.

The second hand was my bidding problem. I chose to bid 4H to set up a force. When partner passed I decided that with a void and good offense, I should bid 5S. RHO also thought I should bid, as he had Qxxxx of trumps!

He led a heart and Scott, with SAKJ9x Hxxx DK CKxxx, ruffed. Diamond to the queen and king, heart ruff. Club to the king, heart ruff. Now the diamond ace dropped the jack! Scott shed two more clubs on diamonds. RHO got two trumps and we were +850 -- for a push!


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