Ok, time for another Gryphons II bidding challenge.
Send your bid and your reasoning to Kevin Wilson: email@example.com, or to Jim Plank: firstname.lastname@example.org. Answers will be accepted through Wednesday, September 26, 2001.
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You're playing a pairs game (Matchpoints) at a nearby sectional. You've had a good game, and unbeknownst to you, you are in first with three boards to go. Your opponents play some convoluted big club system, and their convention card looks like chicken scratch. On board 1, they fix you, closing their eyes and bidding 6n+6 on a board where everyone else is in 4s+6. On board 2, their mini-roman 2c opener lands them in a poor 3s contract, and partner's obligatory spade lead sets them one. It's board 3 -- this one likely decides your fate. Both sides are vulnerable. You pick up: S xx H xx D Axxxxx C Axx The bidding: RHO You LHO Pard 1S P 2N 3H 4D X 4S 5D P P 5S P P Comments on the bidding: - 1S is limited to 15 points. - 2N is a game-forcing spade raise. It makes no promises about shape. - LHO can't explain the 4D bid. He says they haven't discussed what it means over competition. He can say pretty safely that partner does not have a heart stiff or void, because partner would make a different bid with that. Otherise, it's anyone's guess. - LHO tanked a bit before pulling out 5S. What is your call, and why?