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 1: Denmark against Ukraine Category U26

Dealer West N/S Vul

K 10 x x  K Q x  A x x  A xx

West North East South
Pass 1 Pass 1
Pass 2 Pass 2*
Pass 3 Pass ?

Game Force

Roberto Figueira de Mello(BRZ) WGM: 3NT

Roberto Figueira de Mello
Roberto Figueira de Mello

3NT – 3from my partner after 2game force is the weakest bid he could have done. 

Marcelo Castello Branco (BRZ) WGM: 4 

Marcelo Castello Branco
Marcelo Castello Branco

Slam interest                                   

David Bakhshi (ENG) WIM: 3

David Bakhshi
David Bakhshi

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

Krzyztof Martens
Krzyztof Martens

I play after 2 witch denies 4 ( 2 is natural and F1R) – 3= minimum. 2H by opener = Maximum.

Partner after 2should bid 2 with 2 cards, then 3suggest spade short.
I need to slam x,Axx.KQx,KQxxxx – it is maximum. Finally – I bid 3NT.

 

Brian Senior (ENG) WM: 4.

Brian Senior
Brian Senior

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 

Dennis Bilde

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.

My second choice is 4nt quantitative. 3nt could be right, but I have no way to find out.
Mikael Rimstedt (SWE) WIM: 4
Mikael Rimstedt 
Mikael Rimstedt
 I bid 4club suiton this one. Not forcing to slam. But will for sure give it a shot. After some cue bids I will Sign off in 5club suit and let partner decide where we belong.
 Liam Milne (AUS) WIM: 3NT
Liam Milne
Liam Milne 
I would bid 3NT. It is possible that we miss 6, but if I am looking for slam I will have to bid 4… and I think it is more likely that 5goes down and 3NT makes, than 6makes.
Christian Bakke (NOR) WM: 4
Christian Bakke
 I wanna make a slam try, and 4is easy to understand. Might end up in 5, where 3NT is better, but might easily have a lay down or very good slam.
Bar Tarnovski (ISR) WIM: 4
Bar TARNOVSKI
Bar TARNOVSKI 
If system is natural ( 3d/h over 3– natural ) so I would bid 4would try for slam .
another thing to mention. if 3is 7 clubs 100% ( by system ) – I might find a reason to shot for a slam if range is limited. in my system I would thing Grand is possible after 3bid.
Asaf Yekutieli (ISR) 3NT
Asaf YEKUTIELI
BBO Nick: tol23

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:

    i. Default.
    ii. Maximum.
Consequentially, a 3 response accounts primarily for minimal hands, with a good club holding.
If partner has significant wastage in clubs, slam is virtually impossible. Therefore, in order for slam to make, partner must possess Kxxxxxx in clubs. Even so, quite a bit is required considering the fact that Hx in spades is virtually precluded.
Expressing any doubt regarding 3N, let alone bidding 4Cx, would most likely see us playing 5Cx, which is certainly the inferior game.
 Conclusion: 3NT.
Adam Stokka (SWE) 3
Adam STOKKA
Adam STOKKA

Jeff Rubens (USA) 4

Jeff Rubens
Jeff Rubens