GreatCanadianBidding-FRFor the August problems, on the readers side, congrats to Fred Lerner with the high score of 46. Tied at 44 were Richard Bickley and Ashot Harutyanyun. The best total for June-August with 91, and the winner of $100, was Richard Bickley, narrowing out our $50 winner Fred Turner who had 90. Kudos to you both!

Panelists with the top score for August were Francine Cimon and the erudite Stephen Cooper. We would also like to thank Mike Hargreaves for suggesting Problem 4, and all panelists for sharing their knowledge and experience.

It is easy to enter! Try your luck at winning some ‘mad money’. October problems follow. Email your answers to Neil Kimelman at editor@cbf.ca, by September 12th.

October problems

Host: Zygmunt Marcinski

1. IMPs. Both vul. As West you hold:

♠ Q 7 5    A 10 9 4 3 2   K Q 2   2

SouthWestNorthEast
4?

What do you bid?

2. IMPs. N-S vul. As West you hold:

♠ A 8 2     10 9 7 5   K J 7 3    J 4

SouthWestNorthEast
11Pass1223
Dbl4Pass2♠2NT
Pass?

 1 Polish club: forcing for 1-round showing either (a) weak notrump with less than four diamonds, (b) unbalanced with fewer than six clubs, and clubs longer than diamonds, or (c) any 18+.
 2 Artificial, any 0-5 HCP’s.
 3 Natural, by agreement.
 4 18+, take-out 

What do you bid?

3. IMPs. N-S vul. As North you hold:

♠ A K Q 8 2   10 6 5 3   A K    Q 9

EastSouthWestNorth
Pass114?

 1 3+ diamonds, denies balanced 15-17, balanced 20-21, or any 22+.

a) What do you bid?
b) If you double, what do you bid if opener rebids 4NT?

4. IMPs.  Both vul.  As West you hold:

♠ A 4     A J 10 8   Q 8 7 4    K 5 2

SouthWestNorthEast
Pass1NT13♠4♠2
Pass?

1 14-16 balanced (off shapes permitted).
2 No particular agreement although alternative bids would have been: (a) Dbl = take-outish; (b) 3NT = to play; (c) 4 minor = 5 hearts and 5 or more in the minor; (d) 4 or 5 of a minor = natural, to play; and (e) 4NT = both minors, presumably at least 5-5.

What do you bid?

5. IMPs, N-S vulnerable. As South, you hold:

♠ A 8 2     10 9 7 5   K J 7 3    J 4

NorthEastSouthWest
11121 23
31PassPass?

 1 3+ clubs, denies balanced 15-17, balanced 20-21, or any 22+.
 2 By stylistic agreement, might be only a 4-card suit if the following conditions are all met: (a) inadequate support for either Major to justify a take-out double; (b) due to absence of club stopper or inadequate strength, inability to overcall 1NT; (c) 13+ HCP’s; and (d) at least KJxx in diamonds.
 3 Any limit raise – since 1 could be only 4 cards in hence 2 would have been natural rather than stronger cuebid. 3 instead of 2 would have been a so-called “mixed raise” (i.e. 4+ diamonds and app. 7-9 HCPs). 2NT instead of 2 would have been natural.  

a) Do you agree with 2?
b) What do you bid?