April 2016 English Bridge
1.E/W Game. Dealer West
had no fit for either suit and was forced to rebid 3NT, a near
hopeless contract that went two down.
A 2® rebid looks better to me. If partner passes, you are
unlikely to miss a game. You will also give him a chance to
bid two of a red suit.
Would they do better at the other table?
De Livera Hinge
Er . . . not noticeably. East's 3´ rebid is hard to fathom and
they were three down in 4´. Many players open 1´ with 5-5
shape in the black suits. After the alternative start of 1®-1™1´-1NT,
it should be possible to stop short of game.
Awards: 1NT (10), 2® (8), 2´ (7), 2NT (6)
3´ (4), 3NT (3), 4´ (1)
2.N/S Game. Dealer West
´ K Q 9 5 ´ A J 10 8 4 2
™ - ™ A 9 8 3
t 10 8 3 t A
® A K 7 6 4 3 ® 8 5
several heart ruffs in dummy). He fires the RKCB rocket and
hears of two keycards (´K and ®A) plus the ´Q. This leaves
him with just one potential loser, the second club in his hand.
5NT asks for kings and, for them, the 6t response shows a
count of side-suit kings rather than a specific king. On this
deal is doesn't matter because the tK would be equally good
for a club discard. Jagniewski duly bids 7´, which is easily
At the other table the East-West system dictated an opening
bid of 1´ from West and North overcalled 3™. Four more
bids from Boguslaw Pazur and Marek Wójcicki saw them in
the grand slam too: 4®-5™-6t-7´. I have not yet heard back
from Poland as to the meaning of 4®, but the auction was
wondrous to behold anyway!
Awards: 7´ (10), 6´ (6), games (3)
Beat Today's Experts by David Bird
Answers to Problems on Page 29
´ A 10 8 7 2 ´ 6
™ A ™ Q 5 4 3 2
t K 9 t A 10 7 5 3
® A Q 10 6 5 ® 4 2
We start at a semi-final of the Australian
National Open Teams. What should Peter
Gill rebid after his partner's 1NT response?
His hand has great potential if a fit can be
found. Even so, it seems to me that 3® is an
exaggerated description. David Beauchamp
West North East South
Gawel Busse Jagniewski Pilch
1® 3™ 3´ Pass
4™ Pass 4NT Pass
5´ Pass 5NT Pass
6t Pass 7´
We move now to the Polish Premier League.
Wojciech Gawel is too strong to rebid just 4´
and chooses 4™ instead. Rafal Jagniewski can
now visualize a truckload of trump tricks
heading his way (six in his hand, maybe, and
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