David Bird Bidding problems are on page 29. Match-point (pairs) scoring.
1. E/W Game. Dealer West. All of this month’s deals come from the opposite. Since one ace was missing, he
2010 Buffett Cup, bridge’s version of the needed to find partner with the queen of
´ QJ974 ´ K632 Ryder Cup, which was contested in trumps. 5™ asked this question and the
™ AK N ™ 10 6
W E Cardiff. Match-point scoring is used 6™ response said: ‘Yes, I have the trump
t Q J 10 8 5 t AK4 queen, also the ™K.’
throughout and on this occasion the USA
defeated Europe by a comfortable margin. At the other table the start was again 1´
West East East responded with the Jacoby 2NT, – 2NT, but Jeff Meckstroth (South) over-
Rodwell Hampson showing a sound game raise in spades. called 3™ on ™9-x-x-x-x-x. After the cue-
1´ 2NT There are various rebid schemes. Since bid continuation of 4® – 4t – 4™, Jason
3™ 3´ this was the Individual segment of the Hackett’s 4´ ended the auction.
4™ 4NT Cup, the players were tied to the agreed
5t 5™ USA system. 3® showed a shortage and n Awards: 6´ (10), games (5), 6NT (4).
6™ 6´ three cue-bids followed. Geoff Hampson
then bid RKCB, hearing of one key-card
2. E/W Game. Dealer South. Bob Hamman opened with a weak 2™ port, no aces, and little more overall
and Zia made a non-invitational raise to strength than his partner has already
´ 65 ´ AJ942 3™. assumed.
™ J7 N ™ 95
W E Should Fulvio Fantoni bid now? It would The auction is similar in a way to: 3™ –
t K Q 10 4 S t A2
® QJ543 ® K962 be a bit risky at IMPs. At the board-a- Pass – Pass – 3´. You would not think of
match (match-point) scoring used in the raising to 4´ then and I don’t think you
West North East South Buffett Cup, both Easts in this match should now. 4´ went three down and the
Nunes Zia Fantoni Hamman decided to compete with 3´. Fair enough. board was lost when West at the other
2™ The next decision is West’s. Does he table, Eric Rodwell, quite rightly passed
Pass 3™ 3´ Pass his partner’s 3´. This went two down.
have enough to raise to 4´? I realize that
Claudio Nunes is a mega-star world
champion, but I venture to suggest that n Awards: 3™(S) (10), 3´ (7), 4´ (2).
4´ is a poor bid. He has no spade sup-
3. E/W Game. Dealer East. Erik Saelensminde ventures a negative ing a minor two-suiter and could see that
double, which some players play as deny- there might not be nine quick tricks in
´ A75 ´ J ing spades. (They would bid 1´ on four no-trumps with the opponents holding
™ N ™
A85 or more spades). He cue-bids 3™ at his the hearts strongly.
t AKJ5 t Q 10 9 8 2 At the other table the bidding was 1t –
® K Q 10 5
next turn and passes Sabine Auken’s 3NT.
This goes down while 5t makes at the 1™ – 2™ – 3™; 4® – Pass – 4´ – Pass; 5t.
West North East South other table. Whose fault was it? Steve Weinstein showed a sound diamond
Sael’de Jill Levin Auken Rodwell There is no obviously poor bid in the raise with 2™ and Fred Gitelman declined
1t 1™ auction, but Auken could place her part- to bid 3NT. Well bid!
Dble 2t 3® Pass
ner with heart shortage and would need
3™ Pass 3NT
several top cards from West to bring n Awards: 5t (10), 5® (8), 4t (7),
home 3NT with only one heart stopper. 4®/2NT (6), 3NT (3).
Similarly, Saelensminde knew he was fac-
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