Tricky Answers (05)

Thanks for your input to the tricky questions and answers. Maybe we will do this again next year if there are any interesting ones, maybe you will have some to add from your own experiences, please do send me anything of interest. In the meantime, here is the result, in Tricky Answers No.5

1. Match Points

Dealer S Nil Vul

Q4
2
AQJT4
AKJ63

The bidding has been:

SouthWestNorthEast
1213Pass
?

(1. weak jump overcall)

What would you bid?

Tricky Questions (05)

Hi folks, here are the final tricky questions for the year. You are South each time.

1. Match Points

Dealer S Nil Vul

Q4
2
AQJT4
AKJ63

The bidding has been:

SouthWestNorthEast
1213Pass
?

(1. weak jump overcall)

What would you bid?

Tricky Answers (04)

1. Teams
Dealer E All Vul

9873
A972
3
QT74

The bidding has been:

SouthWestNorthEast
---1
Pass1Pass2
Pass2Pass3
Pass3Pass4
Pass4Pass5
PassPassPass

Your lead?

Good to get a near unanimous verdict here. Even I, despite my abhorrence of singleton trump leads, would lead my singleton diamond, trying to protect what club tricks I have, since they are in danger of getting ruffed in dummy, which will almost certainly have three diamonds and a singleton club, as in fact was the case.

Tricky Questions (04)

Prepare yourself for when the panel responds to Vil's latest searching questions. You are South each time.

1. Teams
Dealer E All Vul

9873
A972
3
QT74

The bidding has been:

SouthWestNorthEast
---1
Pass1Pass2
Pass2Pass3
Pass3Pass4
Pass4Pass5
PassPassPass

Your lead?

Tricky Answers (03)

You are SOUTH each time.

1. Match Points
Dealer W EW Vul

A
Q3
AK64
AKT964

Partner opens 1H, you bid 2C, partner 2H.
a) What is your bid?

Everybody should be looking at the possibility of a grand slam, but how to get to it and should it be 7H or 7C, or even 7NT as one of the more optimistic panelists thinks. Some panelists believe that the 2H rebid will be at least a six card suit so it should be an easy matter to use Key Card and then, if you’re sophisticated enough (I am NOT) find out if partner has the CQ and bid 7NT. If that card happens to be singleton, partner will need six hearts to the AK and the king of spades for 7NT to make for certain, but then again, six hearts to AK without the jack will also founder against a 4-1 break. A singleton or doubleton small club would make a grand slam in hearts odds on when opener has AKxxxx when the grand slam in No Trumps is impossible.

Tricky Questions (3)

You are SOUTH each time.

1. Match Points
Dealer W EW Vul

A
Q3
AK64
AKT964

Partner opens 1H, you bid 2C, partner 2H.
a) What is your bid?

Tricky Answers (2)

You sit South for each hand and play at matchpoints:

1. Dealer E Nil Vul

QT9732
2
K943
AQ

East opens 1C, natural. You bid 2S (you play ‘intermediate jumps’ but West does not ask and doubles. Pass from North, 2NT from East, 3NT from West.
a) No questions asked, but do YOU think 2NT from East is 15-16?
b) What would you lead?

Tricky Questions (2)

In Vil's new series the questions have been floated past a panel at time of publishing here. Vil comments on the responses in his following article. All hands come from recent sessions. You can join an email list for direct access by contacting Vil at villyn@xtra.co.nz

You sit South for each hand and play at matchpoints:

1. Dealer E Nil Vul

QT9732
2
K943
AQ

Tricky Questions (1)

Vil is starting a new series that he's sure will be both interesting and helpful for those who enjoy a challenge or two. All hands come from recent sessions and you can join an email list for direct access by contacting Vil at villyn@xtra.co.nz The questions are floated past a panel at time of publishing here. In this series Vil will comment on the responses in his following article but, for this first one his thoughts follow on. Cover up the prognostications at the end while you work through the hands with your favourite partner.

You sit South for each hand and play at matchpoints:

1. Dealer S Nil Vul

K9873
62
AKQ
862

The Babich NZ-Wide Simultaneous Pairs 2020

Welcome to the Bulletin Board if you don't visit this site very often - or even if you do. The scoring for the 2020 Babich commenced soon after 10:00pm. Our first cut of 43 out of 57 clubs was published at 11pm. 661 pairs were reported. The leaders were Vivienne Sexton and Maureen Russ on a whopping 72-something per cent. At 11:20 we were missing just four clubs. Our second cut of 53 clubs netted 819 players with Vivienne and Maureen still undisturbed. Royle Epsom and Taihape came through at 1am so we ran another cut with 848 pairs and 55 of 57 clubs in. All 57 clubs had filed by 10:15am Saturday. An interim final was posted at 10:20.

The final official results are subject to Richard Solomon's confirmation upon expiration of the period for texting him with any scoring corrections (he's playing in the Zelda Morris).

The Wayne Benefield Award for Slowest Club went to Wanaka who had trouble with the scoring. Auckland came a close second by, we suspect, sending their file to the wrong email address. Your scoring team (powered by Bob Fearn's Compass software, two beers and a bottle of Babich pinot gris) of Bob in Seattle, Jan Spaans, Anna Kalma, and Mike Neels in Cambridge is looking forward to next year already.

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