Monday, December 27, 2010

GIBs at their best and worst

See if you can do better (or as well):
  • ♠7 AKT9626 ♣AKQ92.  None vul.  You deal and open 1 and partner bids 3.  Over your slam try of 4♣, partner declines with 4.  Do you press on?
  • ♠K AQ8AKJ86 ♣QT62.  White on red.  Partner deals and opens 1.  You bid 2D and he rebids 2.  What's your plan and final destination?
  • ♠874 KQ976K976 ♣5.  All Red.  RHO deals and opens 1NT (15-17).  Partner doubles LHO's Stayman 2♣ and RHO promptly redoubles showing "rebiddable" clubs.  LHO closes with 3NT and it's your lead.
  • ♠62 Q6J42 ♣K98654.  We are red and partner opens 1 in third seat.  RHO overcalls 1 and we pass.  LHO raises to 2 and partner doubles.  RHO bids 2♠.  What do you do?
  • Follow up question.  Suppose that in the previous situation you bid 3♣ and RHO bids 3 and LHO raises to 4 which partner doubles.  What do you do when it gets back to you?
See comments for the "answers"


  1. 1) If you asked for keycards you'd find one and a laydown slam. This was worth almost 10 imps. Admittedly, partner's 3H was a good bid with AKxx xxxx x Jxxx but you needed to make the most of it. GIB did well to insist.
    2) Another easy slam worth about 7 imps. GIB did well to bid it via a slightly suspect spade splinter bid.
    3) This turns out to be a very lucky make for the opponents on 23 hcp. The only way to be sure of defeating it is to lead a heart. But following partner's request for a club lead will likely lead to down one providing partner is on his toes. My GIB led the S3 (!) and we lost almost 10 imps.
    4) My GIB bid 3C at this point which actually seems reasonable to me.
    4a) 4H can make with good guessing and/or sloppy defense but my GIB pulled the double to 5C (down 500). I see no reason to pull the double (although it's a lucky hand for the opponents with their 17 hcp and club void).

  2. Hi, Robin,

    On 1), wouldn't direct 4NT be a better choice? 4C seems wasteful.
    On 2), 3H seems clear to me. The real issue, I suspect, is partner's next bid and our having sufficient partnership agreements to be comfortable whether a cue bid by partner shows extra values or not.
    On 3), heart lead seems right, I agree ... although entering into the decision is some aspect of the level of trust in pard's bidding and in declarer's bidding.
    Btw, did you mean lead of S4 by GIB rather than lead of S3?
    On 4), I would bid 3C on a lot less than that hand, meaning ...
    On 5), I would definitely pass pard's double