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4. Love All. Dealer East. This deal is from the 2013 Pakistan Open Presumably 3´ was forcing here, because

Trials. What should Anwar Kizilbash bid at his West raised to 4´. South led the t9 from

second turn? As I see it, he should give prefer- ´K102 ™A10874 t96 ®532 and declarer lost

´ 87 ´ AQ9643

™ Q9 N

™ KJ65 ence to 2´. At both tables West overbid to 2NT seven of the first eight tricks to go four down.

W E

t J8532 S t Q 10 on the poor 9-count with no tens. Had they stopped in a sensible 2´, he would

® AQ98 ® K A playable method after this start is that doubtless have followed a sharper line of play

East can sign off with a weak 6-4 or 5-5 hand. and made the contract.

West East If instead he has enough for game, he uses 3®

Kizilbash Abbas as a conventional advance. Partner then shows n Awards: 2´ (10), 2NT (7) 3´ (6), 3NT (5),

1´ three hearts or two spades. 4´ (2).

1NT 2™

2NT 3´

5. E/W Game. Dealer West. We move now to a match in the German should respond 2´ even when playing four-card

Bundesliga, with internationals around the majors, but not everyone agrees with me.

table. What immensely sensible bidding by Suppose the bidding starts 1´ – 1NT – 2™.

´ A9732 ´ J65

™ AK65 N

™ QJ432 Martin Rehder and Helmut Haüsler! 15 points What should East do then? He has to raise to

W E

t QJ S t K54 opposite 9, yes, but so many of them are wasted. 3™, yes, and some ‘Walter the Walrus’ Wests

® J 10 ® Q3 I can imagine that some Acol players using will then go to the no-play 4™ (‘I had 15 points,

the weak 1NT might be nervous of responding partner!’)

West East 1NT on a 9-count, in case game is missed If you stop in 3™, there is a possible elimina-

Rehder Haüsler opposite a balanced 15 or 16. East is not worth tion play for nine tricks.

1´ 2´ a 2™ response, however. The normal rule is: bid

a new suit at the two level with a ‘good 9-count’.

n Awards: 2´/2™ (10), 3™ (6), 3´ (4), games

The two black honours may be worthless, so

(2).

this does not meet the test. I think that East

6. Game All. Dealer West. At the other table the auction was not so Tips to remember

impressive:

´ Void ´ A953 West North East South

• Blackwoodhavenot usually effective

when you

is

a void in your hand.

™ AKJ986 N ™ Q Rtewari Prahlad Praba Kripakaran

t A 10 5 W E

t KJ32 Prefer to use cue-bids.

S 1™ 1´ Dble Pass

® Q643 ® 10 9 8 5

2´ Pass 2NT Pass • Do not search for perfect-fit slams.

Partner does not know that you

3® Pass 3´ Pass

West North East South 4™ Pass 4´ Pass require particular cards for the slam

Debashish Satya Padhye Mrs Nadar 5® and may carry you too high when

1™ 1´ Dble 2´ he has unhelpful extra values.

3™ Pass 4™ Declarer could not avoid three trump losers

and that was 12 IMPs away.

• Asking for kings, with a RKCB

5NT, implies that all six key-cards

We end our round-the-world tour at the final are present.

of the 2013 Indian Trials, with the all-conquer- n Awards: 4™/3NT (10), 5®/4NT (6), part-

ing Formidables team facing Agsar Paints. Let’s scores (3). • Queens and jacks in short suits

may well be worthless. You must

hope for some good bidding to rescue the

make allowance for this when

Experts’ score. ´ ™t® deciding how strongly to bid.

Yes, very good! East’s negative double sug-

gests length in the minors but Debashish Roy Two last-minute top scores lift the Experts to a • Do not rush into a minor suit fit

until you have explored 3NT and

quite rightly persists with his excellent hearts. not very special 33/60, so you had a good

Anil Padhye raises to 4™ and this is easily chance to beat them. ‘About time!’ you may major-suit games. r

made. (3NT is fine too.) say. Let’s look for some useful bidding tips.

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