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.
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).
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
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
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
´ Void ´ A953 West North East South
• Blackwoodhavenot usually effective
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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