Bidding and card Play Problems from the 2016 Open and Ladies Italian Teams Championships Second Bulletin Saturday May 14 2016 Problem 1

Pairs, All Vulnerable

A 3 2  K 4 7 5 4 2 K 10 6 3

The bidding:

 West North East South 1 Pass 1NT Pass 2 Pass ?

Problem 2

Pairs, All Vulnerable

6 3  A Q 5  A J 10 7 4 3  K 6

The bidding:

 West North East South 1 Pass 3 Pass ?

Problem 3

Pairs, South declarer

The bidding:

 West North East South/You 1NT 2 3 Pass 3NT The End
 5 2 8 3 K J 4 K Q 10 6 4 3 K 7 4 K Q 6 A 6 5 3 2 A 8

Plan the play…

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#### Solutions

Problem 1  Pairs, All Vulnerable A 3 2  K 4 7 5 4 2 K 10 6 3 The bidding:
 West North East South 1 Pass 1NT Pass 2 Pass ?
2illogical. You cannot have spades after you answered 1NT over your partner’s 1 opening bid on your first turn . Therefore, in this sequence you are describing a hand not good to repeat NT and with a very good fit in clubs (you have all your points in your partner’s suits and the ace in his short suit).
Problem 2 Pairs, All Vulnerable 6 3 A Q 5 A J 10 7 4 3 K 6 The bidding:
 West North East South 1 Pass 3 Pass ?
3: you cant pass with your hand (14 very nice points). You do not know if the best game is 3NT (you dont have a spade stopper) or 5. That’s why you bid 3, your partner has denied hearts, so you dont risk a support bid … If your partner has a spade stopper he will say 3NT, and if he doesn’t you will play 4o 5.
Pairs, South declarer The bidding:
 West North East South/You 1NT 2 3 Pass 3NT The End
 5 2 8 3 K J 4 K Q 10 6 4 3 K 7 4 K Q 6 A 6 5 3 2 A 8