Cambridge Bridge Club   Wednesday 19th Aug 2015   Abdelmodeim 19                          Page 1

Board 1
Love all
Dealer North
A64
10952
A7654
K
KJ10532
A73
Q9
93
8
KQ4
J1032
AJ1086
Q97
J86
K8
Q7542
 N
N-----
S-----
E21122
W21122
This month's write-up is by Jonathan Mestel.

West is likely to declare 2♠ which will make unless the defenders score a trump promotion. Suppose North leads ♣K to the ace and West leads ♠8 to the 9 and 10. North does best to duck this. If declarer mistakenly continues with ♠K, play could continue ♠A, K, ♣Q, A and now a spade ruff with  ♠Q is followed by a club promoting ♠6. This would be very hot defence, though. Declarer might play a spade to the king on the first round, when a trump promotion is very likely. Note that at love all EW will get a poor score for setting 1NT two tricks if 2♠ is making.
Board 2
NS Game
Dealer East

QJ872
Q954
A832
AJ10986
1054
62
K4
432
AK6
A7
QJ1075
KQ75
93
KJ1083
96
 N
N-3---
S-3---
E1--42
W3--42
4♠ is quite a good contract, but I expect 170 for East-West to be the normal score. The defence just doesn't have enough time to establish tricks in both red suits.
Board 3
EW Game
Dealer South
Q9
A9865
75
J764
75
QJ
KQ932
AK82
K10643
1042
J106
53
AJ82
K73
A84
Q109
 N
N2-311
S2-311
E-1---
W-1---
South will likely open 1NT and North will attempt to play in hearts. East-West are likely to compete but will go for 200 in 2♠ or 3, even if not doubled. Sometimes it pays to be silent.
Board 4
Game all
Dealer West
J8763
10987
74
A9
1092
Q5
QJ10863
82
KQ
4
AK952
J10765
A54
AKJ632

KQ43
 N
N1-661
S1-661
E-3---
W-3---
 I predict 5 by South will be a common contract, as EW get together in diamonds. In 6 declarer draws trumps and eliminates the minors. Then ♠A and a spade to the jack endplays East.

But note that if East held ♠K102 West could foil the endplay by unblocking ♠Q under the ace! So declarer should cash ♠A early on, before the position is clear.

Board 5
NS Game
Dealer North
9
Q108643
J8
K1092
104
75
K972
QJ875
QJ863
92
A654
A3
AK752
AKJ
Q103
64
 N
N1-3-2
S1-3-2
E-1-1-
W-1-1-
If North opens a weak 2 South is likely to raise to game, On the natural ♠Q lead, a diamond loser will disappear on ♠AK. Declarer now leads a club, and he  will succeed  if he makes the correct play of finessing the 9, rather than rising with the K. If North passes, East opens 1♠, South overcalls 1NT and North will likely transfer to hearts. West may well lead ♣Q, and the defenders may take the first 4 tricks.
Board 6
EW Game
Dealer East
KQJ1075
8754
A
Q4
962
J10
J7543
KJ2
4
KQ63
Q9862
875
A83
A92
K10
A10963
 N
N3-354
S3-454
E-1---
W-2---
North-South will make ten or eleven tricks in spades on a heart lead, but has chances of twelve on a neutral lead. According to system South opens 1♣ or 1NT and this will determine who is declarer. A heart lead from either side is normal, but perhaps more so from West.

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Board 7
Game all
Dealer South
K8
J987432
97
K7

AQ106
KQ1054
10532
AJ109764

AJ86
64
Q532
K5
32
AQJ98
 N
N--1--
S--1--
E15-31
W15-31
The auction may start 1♣-1-1 and now West may choose to bid 4♠, especially at pairs scoring. This will end the auction. If South finds a club lead the defence will take 4 tricks but on any other lead 4♠ will make ten or eleven. If instead West decides to make a "fit jump" of 2♠ or 3♠, the better contract of 5 may be reached, but I don't think it will score well.
Board 8
Love all
Dealer West
106542
75
AQ
K1076
J
K10843
K1085
Q93
Q983
AJ62
6432
5
AK7
Q9
J97
AJ842
 N
N4--32
S4--32
E-22--
W-22--
4♠ is a likely contract, doomed by the trump break even if declarer picks clubs. Conservative NS pairs will score well.
Board 9
EW Game
Dealer North
9
9
Q8754
KJ9865
AQJ652
KJ85
A6
4
K8
A632
J92
A1072
10743
Q1074
K103
Q3
 N
N1----
S1----
E--766
W--766
A possible slam for East-West. The computer makes 13 tricks in hearts by finessing 8 on the second round, discarding two diamonds on spades and ruffing a diamond! But that is fantasy.

If North opens 3♣, it will be difficult to reach 6, but if North passes, the auction may begin P-1NT-P-2(transfer), 2NT(minors)-P-3-3, P-4♣(cue for hearts) and slam should be reached. 6 should make if J is finessed. On some auctions, the deep finesse of the 8 may be plausible.
Board 10
Game all
Dealer East
Q
A85
AJ972
QJ62
A
KQ1032
865
K873
K1097652
7
1043
105
J843
J964
KQ
A94
 N
N332-3
S332-3
E-----
W-----
A somewhat lucky 3NT for North-South, but they may do better to double East's spade call. Would you open 3♠ or 2♠ with East? If the auction starts 3♠-P-P-X would you pass or bid 4 with South?  Not so clear, but one is -500 and the other +800.
Board 11
Love all
Dealer South
K1096
A74
9643
A7
Q32
J1032
J1087
Q5
8
K985
AQ5
J10843
AJ754
Q6
K2
K962
 N
N22-53
S22-53
E-----
W-----
Ten tricks in spades look normal. The defence lead diamonds, declarer cashes ♠AK and ruffs clubs in dummy.
Board 12
NS Game
Dealer West
5
AQJ108743
874
8
K962
5
J653
J1075
A104
K2
K10
KQ9432
QJ873
96
AQ92
A6
 N
N--4--
S--41-
E3----
W3----
North opens 4 and it may go 4-X-P-4♠, P-P-X-P, P-? Should East remove to 5♣? On this occasion certainly - it's never good news when the defence start with a ruff with a singleton trump! 5♣ doubled is only 300 as the losing spade goes on J, but even 500 would be cheap.

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Board 13
Game all
Dealer North
AJ106
KJ9762
76
K
8
Q4
QJ432
76542
Q93
10853
A105
QJ9
K7542
A
K98
A1083
 N
N22565
S22565
E-----
W-----
1-1♠, 2♠-4♠.  On Q lead eleven tricks are normal (or twelve with a good trump guess) . On any other lead, ♣10 can be established and even thirteen may be possible.
Board 14
Love all
Dealer East
843
KJ85
105
Q652
KJ62
1093
8
KJ1098
1075
A42
KQ9764
A
AQ9
Q76
AJ32
743
 N
N-----
S-----
E22-21
W22-21
What should East rebid after 1-1♠?  Here the matchpoint winner is 2♠ (provided you make it!) But give North ♠Q and 2 will play better.
Board 15
NS Game
Dealer South
AKJ987
A9543
10
2
1065
Q72
AK4
K753
Q4
6
Q8765
AQ864
32
KJ108
J932
J109
 N
N--55-
S--55-
E33---
W33---
West opens 1NT, North makes a two-suited overcall, and East competes. At the vulnerability, South will pass, and North will bid 3♠. South will convert to 4 with some trepidation, but he should make at least 10 tricks. 4♠ may fail on a bad day,
Board 16
EW Game
Dealer West
AK9
85
10532
K632
105
KQ109
764
AQJ10
QJ86432
AJ63
9
8
7
742
AKQJ8
9754
 N
N21--2
S21--2
E--44-
W--44-
1NT-4♠ would be a reasonable auction - even if partner has four hearts, spades will probably play better. On the obvious diamond lead the play holds no interest. But suppose East transfers, and North is on lead. Holding such trump control it is tempting to try for a heart ruff. Say declarer wins the heart lead and leads ♠10, North wins and leads a second heart. What should West do now? On a 2nd trump South will discard A and will give partner the sought after  ruff assuming the signal is clear enough for North! The contract can still be made by a scissors coup ♣A, then ♣Q discarding a diamond. But this line would fail on other lies.
Board 17
Love all
Dealer North
KQ63
A105
A10973
9
J942
QJ
J86
A1053
A1087
K62
K2
K642
5
98743
Q54
QJ87
 N
N-11--
S--1--
E2--21
W2--21
A part-score battle. North-South would rather bid three of a red suit than defend 2♠ at love all. But South has no attractive call after 1-X and should probably pass and then maybe compete with 2NT over 2♠. If East-West take the push to 3♠, North-South have the chance of a plus score.
Board 18
NS Game
Dealer East
J83
10863
KQ93
J6
1042
Q4
10542
K843
A7
K5
876
AQ10975
KQ965
AJ972
AJ
2
 N
N-144-
S-144-
E2---1
W2---1
Over 1♣ South can bid a Michaels 2♣, getting the shape but not the strength across, or start with 1♠. I expect many will miss game as North-South, and the par spot of 5♣x by East will not score so well for East-West.

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Board 19
EW Game
Dealer South
Q654
K875
K4
875
K1083
QJ
10982
1032
J9
A964
75
AKJ96
A72
1032
AQJ63
Q4
 N
N-1---
S-1---
E4-1-1
W4-1-1
Given the vulnerability I expect NS will buy the contract in 2, which may even make. Prospects in clubs depend on the lead and the views taken in hearts, clubs, and spades. Any number from seven to ten tricks is possible.
Board 20
Game all
Dealer West
KJ43
87
K63
QJ97

KQ1053
AJ82
A532
A97
J9642
Q9
K106
Q108652
A
10754
84
 N
N---2-
S---2-
E325-1
W325-1
650 to East-West in hearts. North-South may never get into the auction, but even if they do, West will take the push to 5. Even on the ♣Q lead, twelve tricks cannot be made provided South switches to diamonds when in with A, breaking up a criss-cross squeeze against North.
Board 21
NS Game
Dealer North
Q
1087
KJ654
7642
AJ108
AJ963
Q97
9
K9753
K42
832
103
642
Q5
A10
AKQJ85
 N
N43---
S43---
E--23-
W--23-
If South opens 1♣, do you prefer a double or 1 with West? I prefer bidding the five-card major, but here East-West might never find their spade fit. A possible auction is P-P-1♣-X, 2-2♠-4♣-P, P-P Here 2 is a fit jump. West will lead ♠A and East will signal for hearts with ♠9, saving any overtricks.

Alternatively, it may start 1♣-1-2♣-2 and I would now be tempted by 2NT as South. If North leaves that in, the defence will still be cashing tricks tomorrow...
Board 22
EW Game
Dealer East
A852
A
KQ5
AQ753
KQJ4
K4
J73
K1096
76
1098652
A1092
J
1093
QJ73
864
842
 N
N1----
S1----
E-21-1
W-2111
Do you open a weak 2 vulnerable as East? If you do, after 2-P-P-X, P South is unlikely to leave the double in and may prefer 2♠, which North will raise and EW will do well.

If East passes, North will double a weak NT, East will run to 2. Now at pairs South will likely try for +200. 2x should fail unless declarer is permitted to pitch his club on the 3rd spade.
Board 23
Game all
Dealer South
J43
5
AK8752
642
96
873
QJ63
10853
K75
AKJ94
4
AQ97
AQ1082
Q1062
109
KJ
 N
N-4-32
S-4-32
E2-1--
W1-1--
1♠-P-2♠ and East will surely act. I would try 3, but that won't fare well, especially if North finds a reopening double.
Board 24
Love all
Dealer West
1052
AJ65
76
9532
KJ6
1042
AJ10
AJ104
A843
97
Q984
K86
Q97
KQ83
K532
Q7
 N
N-----
S-----
E54153
W54153
1NT-P-P to South. A steady pass leads to 150 to East-West with everything sitting well. At love all, it pays to try to disturb opponents from 1NT, and I might try an Asptro 2♣ bid, intending to pass 2, but hitting 4 hearts opposite. East will double for take-out if that's his agreement, and West has a problem. If he manages to pass that's 300 and a top, but most likely he'll try 3♣, which will probably net only 130. To bid 2♠ on KJx would be particularly inspired.

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Board 25
EW Game
Dealer North
Q72
Q654
Q7
QJ63
109
K1093
9632
1098
KJ43
J2
AK10
K754
A865
A87
J854
A2
 N
N--111
S--111
E11---
W1----
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Board 26
Game all
Dealer East
QJ63
K6
QJ52
1062
A54
AQJ10
6
QJ983
K108
543
A109843
4
972
9872
K7
AK75
 N
N-----
S-----
E22311
W22311
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Board 27
Love all
Dealer South
974
A872
AJ8432
K85
J1064
Q10
KQ65
AJ6
K95
976
A943
Q1032
Q3
K5
J10872
 N
N-3-21
S-3-11
E1----
W1----
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Board 28
NS Game
Dealer West
Q64
932
AQ106
A95
A9753
A
K75
QJ72
J
8764
983
K10843
K1082
KQJ105
J42
6
 N
N-1321
S-1321
E2----
W3----
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