The results of our March contest are: Barnes/Lange 1st with 72 points; Dickson/Yee 2nd with 71.5 points; Kahl/Snarr 3rd with 68 points; Grisanti/Myrtle 4th with 64 points; and Milano/Kozak 5th with 62.5 points.
Boards 5 and 20 involve reasonably interesting challenges without more sophisticated bidding schemes.
Board 5 involved a North dealer with: S 10,8,5,3; H void; D A,Q,10; C A,J,7,5,4,2. South had: S A,K,Q,7,6,4; H K,Q,J,4; D 8,5,3: C void. N/S vulnerable. North had a 20 (length of two longest suits plus HCPs) plus 2 (two quick tricks – the two aces) hand and should open the bidding with 1 Club. South should respond 1 Spade. North’s Heart void now becomes more important as the team has at least 9 spades. A bid of 2 Clubs would show too weak a hand; North should instead make a forcing bid of 2 Diamonds. South should now show his strength by jumping to 3 Hearts. North may then jump to 4 Spades. South should then bid 4 NT. North would respond (under 1430 Blackwood) with 5 Hearts. South would then bid 6 Spades. West has five Hearts headed by the 10, three Diamonds headed by the Jack, three Clubs headed by the Queen, and two spades headed by the Jack. West would usually lead the 10 of Hearts. South should not ruff in dummy and instead should pitch the ten of Diamonds. East would take his Ace of Hearts and South would follow with the four of Hearts. Regardless of East’s next lead, the 6 Spade bid is secure as the Queen of Diamonds goes under the King of Hearts. One N/S team bid and made 6 Spades. Another N/S team bid and made 5 Spades and the rest of the N/S teams bid 4 Spades ( one made 6 Spades and three made 5 Spades).
Board 20 had both sides vulnerable. West was the dealer with S 9,8,5; H A,10; D 6,5; and C K,J, 7,5,4,3 and would surely pass – opening 3 Clubs vulnerable with a modest Club suit and 8 HCPs, would not be a reasonable bid. North had S K,6,4; H Q,J,8,3; D A,K,J,10,7,3; C void and would bid 1 Diamond. East had S 2; H 6,5,4,2; D Q,9,8,4,2; C Q,9,6 and would pass with a secret hope that Diamonds will be trump. South had S A,Q,J,10,7,3; H K,9,7; D void; C A,10,8,2 and would bid 1 Spade. North could now know there was a Spade fit and could give credit to his Club void by bidding 3 Hearts. South could then relax about his modest Hearts and bid 3 Spades (to show six in his suit). North would raise to 4 Spades. South could go to 4NT. Under 1430 Blackwood, North would reply 5 Hearts, showing 2 controls (in this case, the Ace of Diamonds and the King of Spades). South could bid 6 Spades. Poor East probably would lead the 6 of Hearts and West would take his Ace. Party would then be over as South would ruff a low club in North’s hand and throw away two other clubs on the Ace and King of Diamonds. All our N/S teams bid 4 Spades and made 6.