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Question 9

February 2005 Master Solver's Club Problem C:
Matchpoints, N-S vul
You, South, hold

    S A K J 9 7 3 2
    H 10 2
    D J 9
    C 6 5

WestNorthEastSouth
1 Spass?

None of the 28 panelists bid beyond 4S (the plurality bid chosen by 12). Why does nobody cite a 'Law of Total Trumps' conclusion that it is safe to bid 6S?
   Hmmm. Lawyers of Total Tricks seem to cite the LAW selectively.

Danny Kleinman
Los Angeles


Answer

They sure do. We once saw a famous author give roughly this example (East-West vulnerable):

    S K x x x x
    H x
    D x x
    C J 10 x x x

WestNorthEastSouth
1D
pass1H1 S2H
?

He recommended 4S: "With ten trumps, just bid at the ten-tricks level"'
   We approve of the bid, but not the reason. We bid 4S because of our great distribution. If the number of trumps was our only concern, then the following hand would also be OK for 4S vulnerable against not:

    S x x x x x
    H Q J x
    D Q x
    C J x x

Obviously, it isn't.


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