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 1: Denmark against Ukraine Category U26
Dealer West N/S Vul
K 10 x x K Q x A x x A xx
Roberto Figueira de Mello(BRZ) WGM: 3NT
3NT – 3from my partner after 2game force is the weakest bid he could have done.
Marcelo Castello Branco (BRZ) WGM: 4
David Bakhshi (ENG) WIM: 3
Not an easy hand to evaluate.
Possible to make slam, but could also be that 3N is the last making game. I would expect partner to have at most 2 spades and 3 hearts and at least 6 clubs but a lot depends on where their high cards are.
We may need to protect a diamond holding in partners hand, so I would bid 3H. If partner can bid 3N then I will pass. If she bids 3I can bid 3N now which should imply some doubt about strain. If she bids 4then I can bid 4to show my diamond control.
Krzysztof Martens (MON) WGM: 3NT
I play after 2 witch denies 4 ( 2 is natural and F1R) – 3= minimum. 2H by opener = Maximum.
Brian Senior (ENG) WM: 4.
Usually, if 3NT is making so is 5.
It is worth taking the risk that this is one of the exceptions in case 6is good. It is interesting that partner did not bid 2FSF over 2. He could have a seventh club with A and K, for example.
Dennis Bilde (DEN) WIM: 4
On the first hand I would just bid 4. Too many hands where we make a slam, and I think we would have to be unlucky for 5to go down.
The key question revolves around our follow-up agreements on 2. In particular, to what an extent does 3limit partner’s range within the 2range. In my agreements, as 2 precludes the possession of 4, a 2response assumes two functions:
Jeff Rubens (USA) 4