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 6: France against Denmark Category U26
Dealer North. All Vul
— 7 K Q 10 9 8 5 4 2 A Q 6 4
Zia Mahmood (USA) WGM 6
Marcelo Castello Branco (BRZ) WGM: 5
5. Normal bid.
Norberto Bocchi (ITA) WGM Pass
Pass. Pass first and after 5.
David Bakhshi (ENG) WIM: 6
6. I can’t see how we can know how many tricks we can make, or how we can involve partner in the decision, but I would like my chances of making a slam. It’s also possible that if slam is due to fail that EW might misjudge and save in 6.
Krzysztof Martens (MON) WGM: 5
Brian Senior (ENG) WM: 5.
5. Partner could have doubled for T/O but now I cannot – it would be penalty. 4NT would be to play. Which leaves only 5 – which could prove to be quite wrong, but I am hoping that partner would not have bid 3NT on a complete misfit. There is no way to get to clubs when it is right to do so without also getting to clubs when it is very wrong.
Benjamin Robles (CHI) WM Pass
Pass. I have to at least invite slam if my partner doubles. If it ever ends, I’ll continue to slam. It seems a mistake to finish directly on 4, it would be to guess alone, poker .
Pass. Forcing of course and if P doubles I bid 5, if he bids anything i bid 6(i believe his 3NT bid guarantees 2 cards in .
Pass. Partner appears to be (semi)balanced, with a wasteful heart holding, from a diamond contract point of view. Therefore, in terms of slam prospects, passing (forcing) and subsequently pulling double to 5x does full justice with our hand. With A and K, partner should surely raise. However, admittedly, with a minor card and a major ace, we forced a guess, which I do not see how to avoid.
6 = 4 experts
5 = 3 experts
Pass = 5 experts