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´ Q 10 9 4

™ 8 6 2

t 7 2

® A 9 7 6

´ J 8 6 3 2 ´ K 5

™ 10 ™ A 5 4 3

t A J 10 4 t K Q 9 8 6

® K J 10 ® Q 2

´ A 7

™ K Q J 9 7

t 5 3

® 8 5 4 3

3.E/W Game. Dealer East

N

W E

S

The deal comes from the Balkan Championship, with two

teams from Bulgaria in opposition. Diana Damyanova opens

a 14-16 point 1NT. Noting that two of his jacks are enriched

by adjacent tens, Victor Aronov is willing to head for game.

His 2™ transfer bid shows spades and he continues with 3t,

forcing to game. What should East bid now?

Some players would try 3™, unwilling to go past 3NT. West

would then bid the no trump game, as they did at the other

table, and a heart lead would quickly dispatch this contract.

Damanyova is happy to raise the diamonds and the vastly

superior diamond game is reached.

North leads a heart, won with dummy's ace, and Aronov

plays the ®2 to the king and ace. A spade switch would put

declarer to a guess, but North plays another heart and the

game is made for a 13 IMP gain.

Awards: 5t (10), 4t/3t/1NT (6), 4´/3NT (5)

other part-scores (4)

4.game All. Dealer West

It's not an easy life, choosing deals for this

column. If I feature immaculate auctions to

the best contract, it becomes difficult for

readers to 'beat the experts'. If instead I feature

poor auctions, I risk annoying the experts.

Still, the mistakes made on this deal from the

Premier League are instructive. Here goes!

What does East know about the slam prospects when the

RKCB response shows two aces and the tQ? It is likely that

West holds six diamonds but not certain (she may have 2-45-2

shape). Even so, only 11 top tricks can be counted. Grand

slams should not be bid on hope. Apart from that, 7t may

well be a better contract. It may allow the spades to be

established with a ruff. Justice was served when 7NT went

one down. 7t can be made by establishing the spades and

taking a heart finesse when only three spade tricks

materialize.

West North East South

Lamford Townsend Cooke Sandqvist

1t Pass 1´ Pass

2t Pass 2™ Pass

2´ Pass 3t

2™ is forcing and 2´ is West's best next move. As I see it,

3t should then be forcing. Paul Lamford disagreed and three

overtricks were scored.

Awards: 6t (10), 7t (7), 6NT (5), games (4)

part-scores/7NT (0)

West North East South

Aronov Marashev Damyanova Tsonchev

1NT Pass

2™ Pass 2´ Pass

3t Pass 4t Pass

5t

´ 10 8

™ Q 10 7 6 3

t 4

® K 9 6 4 3

´ A 7 ´ K J 4 3 2

™ 9 8 2 ™ A K J 5

t A Q J 8 7 6 t K 9

® 7 2 ® A 8

´ Q 9 6 5

™ 4

t 10 5 3 2

® Q J 10 5

N

W E

S

West North East South

De Botton Byrne Malinowski Dyke

1t Pass 1´ Pass

2t Pass 4NT Pass

5´ Pass 7NT

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