April 2007

 

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INTERNET POST

By Arlene Port

You are South,  Matchpoints,  BOTH Vulnerable.

Here is your hand:

S - A Q J

H - Q J T 8

D - A K Q 4 2

C - 2

 
The Bidding is:

South

West

North

East

 

PASS

PASS

1 H

DOUBLE

2 H

PASS

PASS

???

   

What do you bid?

 

Ernie Retetagos: 2NT Partner figures to have a singleton heart and a 5 card black suit. If it is spades they will transfer, and if it's clubs East may not find a club shift. Also, partner doesn't have to have a yarborough.

Bill Holt Pass.  +200 will beat any part score we can make and any game I cannot bid.  Partner is broke & doesn't have Spades.  I could bid 2NT or 3d or even try 3NT but I will be end-played out of my hand the whole time.  On defense, I have 2+ Spades, 2 Hearts, 2-3 Diamonds and a way to tap declarer in diamonds - if declarer loses control of the hand I will make my small diamonds.

Gail Carns: Pass Partner has a lot of clubs and didn't bid so they have no points. 2H could go down 200

Jim Bachelder: Double: I'll venture a 2nd double, intending to correct 3C to 3D. Who knows, partner might have: KXXXX, X, XXX, XXXX

Jim Bossert 3d (Jim is a man of few words)

Asim Ulke Double: It looks like I can count on 6 tricks on defese. I partner has any cards in clubs we might even get + 200. However, it is not in my nature to pass 19 points. Easts 3rd seat opener may be light and we may have a game in NT. I risk a second double. If partner bids 2NT (Lebensol), I bid 3D. Over 3C, I bid 3NT. Over 2S, I am still thinking

Florine Walters:  3D : Three Diamonds, and hope the opponents bid three Hearts so that I can double for penalties.

Bruce Keidan 3D Maybe I'm missing something here. 3D seems automatic. Anything else suggests cutting back on your medications.

Trudy Cohn: I will bid 2NT which at least shows the appropriate point count if not the correct distribution. I feel that I am between a rock and hard place and can only describe the hand to the best of my ability.

Roni Gitchel Atkins: 3D - I would like to make a penalty double, but double is not for penalty.  Partner has at most 1H and should have club support.

Arlene Port : Pass 3D looks promising, but I am afraid I wonít get as rich on +110 as I will on +200.

Herb Sachs: 2NT. I hope my partner does not have 4-1-2-6 with no face cards. If he bids three clubs, I have to bid three diamonds. I donít think I should sell out. It doesnít sound as if responder has a big hand and if openers was marginal, partner stands to have some points.

PJ Prabhu :3NT. What I think I can make. If Pd has DJ and QJx of C, I have a very good shot at 3NT. On a good day, even less would do

Lou Joseph: Pass. What am I  missing, an invitation to go minus 200? How many points are there in this deck? Even if opener is light, what's left for partner?

Internet Post Results:

Bid:

NAT'L

PGH

AWARD

PASS

12

4

100

2NT

10

3

90

3D

8

4

80

DOUBLE

2

2

50

3H

1

-

40

3NT

1

1

40

 

This is an incomplete list of national bidders, but will give you some idea of who thought what!!
 
Larry Cohen Pass
Bobby Wolff Pass
Mark Blumenthal Pass
Steve Robinson Pass
Howard Weinstein Pass
Marshall Miles Pass
Allan Graves Pass
 
Martin Cohn 2NT
Jeff Rubens 2NT
Fred Stewart 2NT
David Berkowitz 2NT

Marty Bergen 3 D
Eric Kokish 3 D
Boris Koytchou: 3 D
Ira Rubin 3 D
Charlea Danan 3 D

Karen McCallum: 3 H

Gary Powell Double
Alan Bell: Double

Paul Sugar: 3 NT
 
They never put all the respondents in, but you get the idea. Most passers thought they would be plus 200 on the board.

 

 

 

 

 

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