Neil Kimelman

Weekly Offering

As a new year’s resolution I will attempt to contribute blogs on a regular basis. Either hands of interest, or articles aimed to support the development of intermediate and advanced players. I currently publish a weekly column on the Unit 181 Website, ‘Kimelman’s Corner’. 

Here is my first column. I will post my answer tomorrow.

No one vul as south you hold: A1085 J A963 A832. The bidding:

West North East South
P 21 P 2♠
P 2NT P ?

1Inverted, usually 5+♦ and 11+HCP.    What do you bid at teams? At Matchpoints?


Chris HasneyDecember 29th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Does 2D guarantee no 4 card major? If so, the 2S call should guarantee no heart stopper and the spade A or K. At IMPs 3NT is South’s clear bid. At matchpoints pass is a possibility — it depends on table feel and declarer skill level.

LuiseDecember 30th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I think you’ve already posted the answer to this, but I haven’t read it yet so I’ll post my guess here and then hop over to the next post 🙂

If 3C is supposed to be a natural bid, then that is what I would try. I don’t like bidding 3NT straight away without knowing for sure that Partner has hearts covered, and if I bid 3C then I have patterend out and partner can deduce that I am 4-1-4-4. If partner then goes on to 3NT I am confident in my pass. Partner could also stop in 3D without good heart controls.

I hope that your new year’s resolution lasts longer than mine normally do 🙂 I like Marc Smith’s approach — he told me in an email recently that about 15 years ago he made a new year’s resolution that he has never broken: Never again make a New Year’s Resolution!

That being said — it’s good to have you back in the blogging world!

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