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Old 02-01-2020, 02:16 PM
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The March problem guess:

Matchpoints, E-W vulnerable
S-AKQ1093 H-AJ95 D-none C-Q86
Code:
South  West   North  East
                     Pass
1S     Pass    1NT    Pass
2H     Pass    3C*    Pass
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N-S are using a standard 2/1 GF system
* 3C - 6+ clubs, usu. <2 spades, 5-10 HCP
Would it be a tougher problem at IMPs? At imps, at a minimum you would have to consider 4S, and 5C could conceivably make.

The actual situation is Matchpoints, where I like 3S. Likely to make, and likely to outscore clubs.

I'll be amazed (at least, until hearing from the rest of you) if 3S and pass are not the only serious possibilities at matchpoints.
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Old 02-02-2020, 07:28 AM
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The March problem guess:

Matchpoints, E-W vulnerable
S-AKQ1093 H-AJ95 D-none C-Q86
Code:
South  West   North  East
                     Pass
1S     Pass    1NT    Pass
2H     Pass    3C*    Pass
?
			
N-S are using a standard 2/1 GF system
* 3C - 6+ clubs, usu. <2 spades, 5-10 HCP
Would it be a tougher problem at IMPs? At imps, at a minimum you would have to consider 4S, and 5C could conceivably make.

The actual situation is Matchpoints, where I like 3S. Likely to make, and likely to outscore clubs.

I'll be amazed (at least, until hearing from the rest of you) if 3S and pass are not the only serious possibilities at matchpoints.
Would not want to stop short of game at either form of scoring, don't need much from p, KJxxxx of clubs would do, but pard probably has another honor, hopefully not in diamonds. Would bid 4D, hoping it shows shortness.
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Old 02-04-2020, 01:09 PM
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I kind of like 4S here. I hope to score lots of club tricks.
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Old 02-16-2020, 04:58 PM
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OK, you guys persuaded me. If I start with three non-100s, I'll need to do a hell of a lot of coming back.
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Steve White: Four spades. At matchpoints 3S could easily be enough, but there are a lot of ways this could come home.
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Old 03-02-2020, 08:28 PM
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OK, count me out of this year's race, with only 3 months complete.

Not your fault. The 4 spades I selected was worth 80, more than the 3 spades I was considering (worth 70). Not sure which I would have selected if left to my own. To score 100, you need to bid 4D, with 5D, 5NT and 6C all worth 90.
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Old 03-02-2020, 08:37 PM
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The April problem. Surely with your help I can get at least 100 once this year. Frankly, it's a good thing there are 8 chances after this one, because I'm not at all confident here.

Matchpoints, both vulnerable
Q97643 AK42 -- KQ9
Code:
South  West   North  East
                     Pass
1♠     Pass   3♦*    Pass
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* Invitational, 9-11 HCP, 6+ ♦

I think anything except Pass and 3 is awful. Quite possibly one of those is awful too, but I don't know which. Currently thinking 3 is better.
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This is a tough hand. Partner has at best a doubleton spade, and his diamonds are almost certainly better than your spades. These types of hands play better in a suit contract, as transportation can be very tricky. If you aim for 3NT, that is a very long parley, as it will be right only if partner has a really good diamond suit, two entries, and the opponents can't run five fast tricks. I think pass is best, especially at matchpoints.
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Old 03-03-2020, 12:40 PM
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Agree that his diamonds are better than your spades, but you know you have no diamonds, and he might even have 2 spades. I wouldn't be bidding 3S to aim for 3NT. If I bid it, I would be hoping to play 3S. Not a good idea if 3S is forcing, as it might well be. I was already leading toward P, the only reasonable alternative to 3S IMO.
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I play invitational jump shifts, and we have the firm rule that we don't invite after invitational bids. So 3S would definitely be forcing. 3H is also interesting, however, in that partner could bid 3S with two, or 3NT with something in clubs, so is reasonable, imo. It has the strong advantage that you could stop in 3S.
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Old 04-01-2020, 10:46 AM
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I went with pass, which was worth 100, chosen by a majority of the panel and the plurality choice among solvers. 3H and 3S were worth 90, with some but not all 3H bidders planning to pass 3S. Some of the 3S bidders thought it wasn't forcing, but the moderator thought it would be, as did at least one 3S bidder.
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