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 8: France against Denmark Category U26
Dealer North. Neither Vul
9 5 3 8 7 3 A Q J 9 4 3 3
1 5/5 slamish
2 Positive cue-bid
Zia Mahmood (USA) WGM 4
Marcelo Castello Branco (BRZ) WGM: 4
4No extra values.
Giovanni Donati (ITA) 4
David Bakhshi (ENG) WIM: 4
4– Though we have a potential trick source in diamonds, I’m worried that xxx spades are bad news. Having made a cooperative 4bid it feels like 4is enough at this stage. If partner is unable to make another try then I wouldn’t expect slam to be much better than a 50/50 contract.
Krzysztof Martens (MON) WGM: 4
Brian Senior (ENG) WM: 4
4. The easy one of the four problems. I have no reason to think we are runnung six diamond tricks. The combination of only three low trumps and singleton in partner’s second suit is not good. I have already cuebid once – that is enough – so sign off. The problem may come if partner bids again.
Ida Grönkvist (SWE) WIM 4
4. I have definitely done all I can on this hand by making a positive cue bid. I have no trump honours for partner and nothing that really helps him in clubs.
Benjamin Robles (CHI) WM 4
4. In the suits of my partner I have 953 and 3 … the appointment ends there.
4.Why did I bid 4D? I have a horrible hand. Sign off.
4 Partner’s bidding path invites us to assess our holding, assigning significant weight to black suit honors, and some value to side suit aces. Being cheered up by our ace, and club singleton, that is indeed a fair, albeit not excellent, holding, we contributed a 4cue.
Now is the time to observe the shortcomings of our hand: no points whatsoever in partner’s suits, a terrible trump holding. Even opposite partner’s second drive to slam, we are far from safe at the 5 level.
4= 12 experts
5= 1 experts