February 2015 English Bridge
1.game All. Dealer West . most players would prefer to double when holding both major
suits. Your partner responds 1NT. What now?
Some textbooks say that a 1NT response to a double of 1®
shows 8-10 HCP. Is that right? What is West supposed to do
with 6 or 7 points and 3-3-3-4 or 3-3-2-5 shape? Anyway, East
has only a poor 15-count and it seems to me that he should
When Piotr Gawrys chose to raise to 2NT, no-one can blame
Michal Klukowski for advancing to game. Although the hearts
split 3-3, 3NT was a fairly hopeless proposition and went one
Suppose East chooses to overcall 1NT and the advertised
range includes 15-counts. Many Wests would jump to 3NT but
there is much to be said for treating that depressingly flat hand
as a limit raise instead.
n Awards: 1NT (10), 2NT (7), 1® by North (5), 3NT (4).
2.game All. Dealer North.
´ A K 10 2 ´ 9 3
™ 6 ™ A Q 7 5 2
t A K J 9 7 6 t 10 8 3
® 9 7 ® A 8 3
Monaco faced USA's Diamond in the other Rosenblum semifinal.
This was one of the best-played matches that I have witnessed,
with Monaco edging through by 13 IMPs. What response
should Helgemo make to his partner's overcall of 1™?
'A change of suit facing an overcall is forcing.' Well, that is what
many teachers recommend, but I have always suspected that's
because it is easier to teach. The system for the bidding panels in
many magazines recommends that a change of suit is 'construc tive
but non-forcing' opposite a one-level overcall. You can choose
whichever method appeals to you, but make sure that your part ner
plays the same way!
Here Geir Helgemo jumped to 3t and Tor Helness appreciated
the value of his hand, cue-bidding in clubs to show a diamond fit
and a club control. Helgemo invoked RKCB and the slam was
reached. He scored an overtrick when the tQ fell singleton, the
™K was onside and two spade ruffs could be taken.
The other three East-West pairs in the semi-finals fell short,
stopping in 3NT twice and 5t once.
n Awards: 6t (10), 5t (6), 3NT (5).
Beat Today's Experts by David Bird
Answers to Problems on Page 33
West North East South
K'kowski Ventin Gawrys Wrang
Pass 1® Dble Pass
1NT Pass 2NT Pass
´ K 8 5 ´ A 10 7 6
™ A 10 6 ™ K Q 4 3
t 9 7 3 2 t Q J
® Q 8 5 ® K 9 7
THE deal comes from the Rosenblum semifinal
between Ventin and Mazurkiewicz. What
action would you take on the East cards over 1®
(which might be a weak 1NT type)?
The hand is a bit light for a 1NT overcall and
West North East South
Helgemo Drijver Helness Brink
1® 1™ Pass
3t Pass 4® Pass
4NT Pass 5™ Pass