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Australian Bridge Bidding Forum
« on: March 25, 2019, 02:19:53 PM »
Another Bidding Forum, if anyone is interested.




AUSTRALIAN BIDDING FORUM: Australian Bridge Bidding Forum



Responses to this month are due tomorrow, March 26.
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Re: Australian Bridge Bidding Forum
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2019, 01:00:33 AM »
APRIL Guesses:

Q1: Dbl. Double is flawed, but it keeps the ball rolling.
Q2: 3NT. How does it go, something something 3NT Hamman?
Q3: Pass. The auction will not end here. Let’s see what develops.
Q4: Pass. Take the plus.
Q5: Pass. Nowhere left to go.

[ADDED April 8, 2019]
Results are in. I saved questions and results as a pdf and have attached the file.

I had a moderately successful month, doing well on 4 of the 5 problems. Question 5, I totally booted. Too timid, I guess.

Q1: Dbl.     100
Q2: 3NT.      90
Q3: Pass.   100
Q4: Pass.   100
Q5: Pass.     30
TOTAL:       420
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Re: Australian Bridge Bidding Forum
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2019, 11:00:56 PM »
June guesses:

Q1: 3NT. Last chance to bid 3NT. Partner shows no support for my five card suit, so this may be wishful thinking.
Q2: 2C. Wide-ranging. I’m more inclined to show my second suit when partner responds in my void suit. If partner passes, then it's probably where we belong.
Q3: Pass. Tough one. Showing my four card suit is tempting, allowing partner to continue describing his hand. But with no source of tricks, game may not be there. So let's defend.
Q4: Dbl. AQT looks like three and-a-half hearts, which is close enough.
Q5: 3D. Let's jam the bidding a bit.
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Re: Australian Bridge Bidding Forum
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2019, 02:27:34 AM »
October Guesses:

Q1: 2D. Showing extras?
Q2: 2NT. The spade honors are poorly placed, but going low with 1NT is timid. They pay a game bonus at Matchpoints, too. Maybe partner has enough to cooperate.
Q3: 1H. I count 16 HCP but it's worth about 13. So as ugly as that heart suit is, I bid it.
Q4: Pass. WTP?
Q5: 3H. I wish we were using that 3M gadget by opener to show a 4=6 hand. Lacking that, I'll give partner what little information I can.
To pass would be masterminding.
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Re: Australian Bridge Bidding Forum
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2019, 05:22:59 PM »
I totally forgot about this competition.  Thanks for posting Todd!

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Re: Australian Bridge Bidding Forum
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2019, 06:21:43 PM »
October Scores:

Q1: 2D.    100
Q2: 2NT.   100
Q3: 1H.      90
Q4: Pass.  100
Q5: 3H.     100

                490

Pretty good month. On Q3, I went low, which being a down-the-middle bidder I tend to do. Waiting for panel commentary.
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Re: Australian Bridge Bidding Forum
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2019, 02:17:25 PM »
October

Q1.  1NT   80   (2NT would have shown more for me, haven't looked at the system notes)
Q2.  2NT  100 
Q3.  1NT  100
Q4.  5D     70
Q5.  5D     70  (first thought was 3H, alas)

Total:  420


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Re: Australian Bridge Bidding Forum
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2019, 01:09:22 AM »
DECEMBER OZ MSC due Nov. 20.


PROBLEM 1: Matchpoints
East dealer
Nil Vulnerable
You, South, hold:
!S JT4 !H 64 !D AQ !C AQJT53


WESTNORTHEASTSOUTH
   —   — 1 !D 2 !C
2 !DPassPass  ??

What call do you make?


PROBLEM 2: IMPs
South dealer
Both Vulnerable
You, South, hold:
!S AJ9862 !H Q64 !D K !C KQ9

WESTNORTHEASTSOUTH
1 !S
Pass 2 !DPass2 !S
Pass   3 !C   Pass   3 !H
Pass   4 !C   Pass    ??

2 !D = GF
2 !S could be five-card suit

What call do you make?


PROBLEM 3: Matchpoints
E/W vulnerable
East dealer
You, South, hold:

!S Q92 !H Q943 !D T9 !C T752

WESTNORTHEASTSOUTH
  —  —PassPass
Pass 1 !D 1 !HPass
2 !H   Dbl     Pass    ??

What call do you make?


PROBLEM 4: Matchpoints
East-West Vulnerable
Eat dealer
You, South, hold:

!S -- !H KQ94 !D AK64 !C QT642

WESTNORTHEASTSOUTH
  —  —Pass 1 !C
Pass1 !SPass??


What call do you make?


PROBLEM 5: IMPs
North-South Vulnerable
South dealer
You, South, hold:

!S K7 !H KQ !D A94 !C KQ9432

WESTNORTHEASTSOUTH
   —   —Pass 1 !C
Pass1 !SPass??

Two-part question:
     1) What do you bid now?
     2) What is your next bid after North bids diamonds?

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Re: Australian Bridge Bidding Forum
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2019, 06:49:23 PM »
DECEMBER OZ Answers submitted:

Q1: 3C. Risky, but the suit quality should inhibit a penalty-double.
Q2: 5C. Eureka! A fit.
Q3: 2S. That muscular four-card club suit is awfully tempting, but the allure of staying a level lower with 2 Spades in what is—hopefully—a
4-3 “fit” stands out. A Moysian will play fine at the 2-level.
Q4: 2C. I’ll let others complain about the opening bid.
1NT with a stiff, I can live with. A void? No way. I see no rational alternative other than 2 clubs.
Q5: 2N3N. IMPs. Vul. What else?

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Re: Australian Bridge Bidding Forum
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2019, 06:17:46 PM »
December stab:
Q1: 3C.   @100
Q2: 5C.   @100
Q3: 2S. play on a moysian  @100
Q4: 2C.  some would open 1D - not my style  @100
Q5: 3C 3N.  seems to be the best description  @90

Total 490

Not that I am usually correct, the these don't seem as hard as the MSC.
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