xmlns:w="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40"> Board 13

Mountnessing Bridge Club

 

 

Board 13: How was this excellent slam bid?

 

 

Hand played on 

11th January 2007

Board number 13

Mary Rogers Trophy

Dealer

North

Vulnerability

Both

Submitted by

Alaric Cundy

 

 

 

North

J

AK987

AKJ4

AT6

 

 

 

 

West

KT76543

J5

Q9

52

 

East

Q8

T6432

T65

QJ7

 

 

 

 

 

North

 

 

 

Bidding: 

 

East

 

 

 

 

 

South

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

 

South

A92

Q

8732

K9843

 

 

2

2NT

3

No

No

No

 2

3

3NT

No

No

End

 

 

NS were playing a three-way Multi-style system (* see below), and North's first two bids showed a balanced / semi balanced hand with 20 - 22 HCPs and a 5-card major.  South's 2 was a (default) relay bid and his 3 asked North to specify the major suit.  Knowing that Declarer held a 5-card heart suit, East made the unfortunate choice of a club lead at trick one.  With the queen of diamonds onside and doubleton, Declarer had the opportunity to amass all 13 tricks after the initial club lead.

 

There is a question as to whether in the Multi sequence West should have tried 2 en route.  That is potentially a high-risk strategy as at that stage in the auction it is possible that North holds a weak 2 opening in spades.  In practice, however, that bid makes things awkward for North.  North now has to show the hand by bidding 3 - which South should be able to read as the 20 - 22 HCP hand, with five hearts, but no spade stopper.  South can sign off in 3NT, but after a spade lead from West far fewer tricks will be made.

 

Surprisingly, perhaps, there was a very wide range of outcomes on this board.  Two pairs reached an excellent minor suit slam, but four pairs subsided in a diamond part-score...  I would be very interested to hear how the slams were bid - and does any brave soul want to own up to a diamond part-score?

 

* In summary, the Multi-style deployed was that a 2 opening shows either a weak 2 opening in either major (6-10 HCPs, 6-card suit) OR 8 playing tricks in either minor OR (as here) a strong balanced or semi balanced hand with 20-22 HCPs and a 5-card major.  Linked to that a direct 2NT opening denies holding a five-card major, which then allows Baron responses to explore possible 4-4 fits in any suit, rather than, for example, the use of 5-card Stayman.