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´ Q J 8

™ A K 10 6 2

t J 8 5 2

® 4

´ A 10 4 3 ´ K 7 6 2

™ Q J 8 5 3 ™ 7 4

t A 4 3 t Q 10 9

® Q ® A 10 5 3

´ 9 5

™ 9

t K 7 6

® K J 9 8 7 6 2

5.game All. Dealer East

N

W E

S

England faced the Netherlands in the Venice Cup bronze

medal match. What should East say when her partner doubles

3® for take-out?

The options are: Pass, 3´, 3NT and 4´. Nicola Smith

elected to pass and +500 was taken in defence. At the other

table van Zwol, East for Netherlands, bid 3´. This was passed

out for +140 and a loss of 8 IMPs.

When East chose to respond 3NT or 4´ to the double,

elsewhere in the championships, this always went down. In

the England-USA2 Bermuda Bowl bronze medal match,

both Easts elected to defend 3® doubled, scoring +200 and

+800.

Awards: 3® Dbled (10), 3´ (7), 4´ (5), 3NT (4)

´ J 7 6 2 ´ K Q

™ Q 9 8 4 ™ A K J 6 5

t 7 t K 8 4

® A K Q 4 ® 8 5 2

6.game All. Dealer South

N

W E

S

England faced India in the Seniors roundrobin

and the raise to 4t took away valuable

space from East-West. What should Paul

Hackett say over 4t? A slam is possible but

not so easy to investigate. If, for example, you

choose to bid 5™, this would usually be taken

as a request for partner to bid 6™ with any

sort of diamond control. Paul Hackett knew

that his tK was likely to be worthless and decided

to take the low road, bidding 4™ and

scoring an overtrick.

East at the other table extracted most of the cards in his

bidding box, finishing at 6™. By the end of Trick 2, Hallberg

and Holland had taken their two aces and that was 13 IMPs

to England. A spade lead to North's ace would put 4NT five

down. It is barely possible to catch them in 4t doubled. If

you managed that, give yourself 10 points and a 2-point

bonus.

Awards: 5™/4™ (10), 4NT (4), slams (2)

Well, I did warn you. Our experts scored 60/60 on the deals

that I chose. Perhaps you can beat them next month.

Bidding Tips

• After an opening or rebid of 1NT or 2NT, responder's

4NT is a limit bid.

• The same applies if responder uses Stayman or

a transfer before bidding 4NT.

• Doubling freely-bid slams just because you hold a lot

of points is a poor idea. All such doubles should be

lead-directing (Lightner Doubles). r

West North East South

Mossop Sadhu P Hackett Das

3t

Dble 4t 4™ Pass

West North East South

Brock Meyers Smith Migry

Pass 3®

Dble Pass Pass Pass

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