Ilai BANIRI
Ilai Baniri

Discussing some hands of this event with my friend Ilai Baniri (ISR), we decided to consult some hands with friends. I for my side and he for his, combining experience with youth, and the results are as follows.

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Problem 12: Sweden against Ukraine Category U26

Dealer West. All Vul

K Q 7 2  9  K 4  8 6 5 4 3 2

West North East South
Pass
1 2 4 Pass
Pass 4 5 ?

Erik Kokish (CAN) WIM 5

Eric Kokish
Eric Kokish

5.

David Bakhshi (ENG) WIM: 6

David Bakhshi
David Bakhshi
6. I would have doubled 4, but I now seem to have an amazing hand for partner with three huge cards – KQ and K.
Partner rates to be 6/5, so a grand slam is definitely in the picture. Given I passed over 4, I cannot really have more than this so I would bid 6on the way to 6.

Krzysztof Martens (MON) WGM: 5

Krzyztof Martens
Krzyztof Martens
5– what else?

Jan Jansma (NED) WM: 5

Jan Jansma
Jan Jansma
5.Although i never bid 5 over 5. I now bid 5
David Birman (ISR) WIM 5
David Birman
David Birman

5.

Ida Grönkvist (SWE) WIM 5

Ida GRONKVIST
Ida GRONKVIST

5. I would bid 5with this hand. I have a great hand for a partner that could bid 4voluntarily. I cannot tell from my hand if we belong any higher, that will have to be up to partner to decide.

Pablo Ravenna (BRZ) WM 5

Pablo Ravenna
Pablo Ravenna

5. I bid 5, maybe we can make 6 but also we can loose 2 As , no way to know that….sometimes pd with a huge hand can bid 6, I will be happy if he do that.

Adam Stokka (Swe) 5

Adam STOKKA
Adam STOKKA

5

 Liam Milne (AUS) WIM: 6
Liam Milne
Liam Milne
6. 4sounds like 5-6 shape to me. With three amazing cards for partner, obviously we are going to bid. Is 5enough or are we worth more?
If partner has AJxxx x AQJxxx x we should stop in 5, but that hand isn’t particularly strong for 2then 4(partner might bid 2Michaels with this). Any extra shape such as 5260 or 5-7 makes slam, likewise any extra strength should give 6a good play. I am so impressed with my hand I feel that 6 has to be right.
Christian Bakke (NOR) WM: 5
Christian Bakke
Christian Bakke
5 – We have good support to both suits, and it looks like we might make a lot of tricks both ways. Don’t want to gamble on slam, since 4sp might have been a “sacrifice” (for instance if p has something like J109xx xx AQJ10xx – or we might have a club+heart loser), though it’s tempting.
Francesca McGrath
Francesca McGrath

5.Well it’s making if partner has just Axxxx in spades and AQJxxx and 5could be rolling home as well.

Asaf Yekutieli (ISR) 6
Asaf YEKUTIELI
BBO Nick: tol23

6 Considering our abundant holding in partner’s suits, it is clear that partner made a substantial risk of going to a costly phantom, meaning we are facing a formidable hand, comprising 12 cards in the bidded suits.
It therefore seems we are safe in 6, while 7is a very cheap save. I can come up with no neat ploy to drive them out of the save.
Conclusion: 6.

Answers:

5 = 9 experts

6 = 2 expert

6 = 1 expert