February 2016 English Bridge
1.love All. Dealer South deals where our pairs have excelled, you can guess that it will
be difficult for you to 'Beat the Experts' this month. Have a
How would you respond to West's take-out double? No
red-suit response is satisfactory and Forrester began with a
strength-showing cue-bid. Robson bid no trumps before
hearts, since this would leave East more bidding space. When
hearts were agreed, the RKCB cannon was fired. East showed
one ace with his 1430 5® response and Robson jumped to
The India South, Manna, held ´QJ643 ™9 tKJ63 ®A96
and doubled the slam. He was presumably asking for a
diamond lead rather than the expected spade lead. Robson
promptly redoubled and the resultant 1620 was worth 12
IMPs against 980 for 6™ undoubled at the other table.
Awards: 6™ (10), games (6), part-scores (2).
2.love All. Dealer West
´ A J 4 2 ´ 6 5
™ K 6 ™ A Q J 9 8 7 4
t A K J 9 4 t -
® Q 9 ® A K J 7
We move now to the Venice Cup and a round-robin match
between England and Italy. Nevena Senior was pleased to
have a strong jump shift available (old-fashioned jump-shift,
some players call it!). On discovering two aces and the trump
queen opposite, Heather was happy to bid the grand slam on
general values. How right she was.
At the other table the auction between Paoluzi and
Saccavini was less convincing: 1t-1™, 2´-3™, 4™-5®, 5t6™.
It was not so easy to identify the playing values for a
grand slam without the original jump-shift response. That
was 11 IMPs to England, who won the encounter by 30-25.
Awards: 7NT/7™ (10), 6NT/6™ (6), games (2).
Beat Today's Experts by David Bird
Answers to Problems on Page 27
´ A K 10 2 ´ 8
™ A K Q 10 2 ™ J 8 5 4
t 8 t A Q 10 9 7 4
® K Q 2 ® 7 4
This month we will see some further action
from the three England teams in the Chennai
world championship. Since I usually choose
West North East South
Robson Majumber Forrester Manna
Dble Pass 2´ Pass
2NT Pass 3t Pass
3™ Pass 4™ Pass
4NT Pass 5® Pass
6™ Pass Pass Dble
Redble All Pass