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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Dealer West. All Vul
K Q 10 5 4 2 5 K J 10 7 5 3
1- 4 Control.
Erik Kokish (CAN) WIM Pass
Pass. North does NOT have three aces and the CQ for his 4S bid.
Giovanni Donati (ITA) Pass
Pass. At least two aces are missing.
David Bakhshi (ENG) WIM: Pass
Pass. Partner shouldn’t have three aces having signed off in 4over my 4slam try.
Krzysztof Martens (MON) WGM: Pass
Brian Senior (ENG) WM: Pass
Ida Grönkvist (SWE) WIM Pass
Pass. It would be helpful to know what 3NT would be here but assuming that we don’t have any agreements about different kinds of cuebids, I would pass. I need three keycards from partner and partner has deliberately chosen not to cue bid either red suit. I can’t imagine my partner with the hand needed for slam and even though the five level most often will be alright for us, it is not worth the risk of going down.
Adam Stokka (Swe) Pass
Easy Pass for me. I don’t need much more than three aces, but if partner is sane they can’t have that to bid 4. They would cue-bid 4or 4instead. Partner is warning me that their hand is not suitable for slam and I must heed that warning.
Pass. Against the wall, we have to determine what is more likely: 5going down, or slam making. In answering this question, our partnership’s style regarding 3response plays a pivotal role.
My perception of the 3bid is quintessentially a weak and distributional hand. Thus, partner holding 3 key cards and bidding 4S following 4is unlikely, whereas holding 1 key card and bidding 3is normal.
Pass = 10 experts