December 2006


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HOLT'S HYPOTHESIS:  If you are going to be in slam off 2 cashing Aces, make sure it's the RIGHT SLAM! :)


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By Arlene Port

You are South,  Matchpoints, N-S Vulnerable.

Here is your hand:

S - 8 7 4 3 2
H - Q
D - K Q 9 6
C - 9 8 3
The Bidding is:
SouthWestNorth East
   1 C

* - Support Double, shows
three hearts

What do you bid?


Ernie Retetagos: 3S. This bid conveys the playing strength of the hand, while making life difficult for West.  I do not like any of the low level bids that give West room to show invitational values.

PJ  Prabhu: 4S. Who knows who can make what. Let the opponents guess. I know we are vulnerable. I don't like the HQ in my hand for this bid, but everything else appears right. There is the potential for a double fit, increasing the total trick count.

Roni Gitchel: 4S - It is time to get it out of my system.

Bill Holt: 3D I like a Fit-Jump to 3D.  This would show a good fit for Spades, values in Diamonds and would help partner decide between 3S, 4S, or defending.  You don't want to defend but partner might be on a lead directing 4-bagger and have defense to Hearts.  You are a little weak for a fit jump but you have an extra spade and nice shape; and you are vulnerable so if a direct jump to 4S is wrong it could be really wrong.

Richard Katz: 3S, If partner has a good hand he will bit it and if he doesn’t, I have made a competitive bid.

Jim Bachelder 3S: A preemptive 3S is in my arsenal, then that's what I bid. I don't think that I'm too good because I am red vs. white and ought not be completely broke. At favorable, I wouldn't even need the diamond honors.

Herb Sachs: 3D The bid makes sense to me. I want to get a lead in since my partner will be on lead against hearts. When I make this bid, partner should know I have spades.

Jim Bossert: 3S looks like a three spade bid if ever there was one.

Trudy Cohn: 3S I will bid a pre-emptive three spades. If opponents bid on, partner can decide what to do. If he has a trump stack, he may want to double. If he has a good hand, he can bid on to game.

Gail Carns: I ask what the double is. If its responsive I bid 4 spades. If it is penalty I pass

Brian Ellis: 4S. I am not going to allow them to play 3H or 4H. We might have a maker. Let them guess what to do when their information is minimal.

Asim Ulke I bid 3S. The law of total tricks would indicate a bid of 4S but it does seem too rich at this vulnerability.

Florine Walters: 3H. I know it is a bit of a stretch, but my alternatives are not that attractive, i.e., too good for a pre-emptive three spade bid, two spades and two hearts do not adequately describe this hand. I have great distribution, and the KQ of Diamonds should be useful if partner does decide to bid game... 

Patty Katz: 4S I would bid 4 spades

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