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David Bird Bidding problems are on page 25
1. E/W Game. Dealer North. The first deal comes from the National likely to carry the bidding past 3NT.
Seniors Final in Australia. Ron Klinger It might seem that West could bid 3´ over
´ A 10 8 2 ´ K97 arrived in 5t and the defence began with 3™, allowing East to bid 3NT then. Klinger no
™ J9 N
™ Q73 ace, king and another heart. Dummy’s ™Q doubt took the view that East would have bid
t A9743 S t KQ5 was ruffed and overruffed, the contract some number of spades (instead of the cue-
® A4 ® Q 10 5 3 going two down. Meanwhile, 3NT was cold. bid) if he held four cards in the ‘other major’.
Who would you blame?
West North East South n Awards: 3NT (10), 2™ Doubled (7), Part-
As I see it, East was at fault. The most like-
Klinger Buchen Hoffman Hughes
2t Pass 2™ ly game from his point of view was 3NT. I scores (6), 2™ (4), 5t/4´ (2).
Dble Pass 3™ Pass don’t know if you agree, but I think this is
4t Pass 5t what he should have bid in response to the
double. His actual cue-bid of 3™ was all too
2. E/W Game. Dealer West. edifying spot. Who do you blame for this Now, what did you make of East’s 3™?
failed auction? Choosing generously from the available
´ J2 ´ 876 It seems natural for West to rebid 3®, but adjectives, I will say that I found it unwise. If
™ 6 N ™ Q 10 9 8 5 I wonder if this is right after the pre-emp- West’s shape was 1-3-5-4, when a heart con-
t A K Q 10 7 2 S t J4 tive overcall. Partner will have no way of tract would be playable, he would have dou-
® KJ54 ® A97 telling whether you are 5-5 or 6-4 in the bled for take-out rather than rebidding 3®.
minors. It will not always be easy for him to East should have bid 3t instead of 3™. West
West North East South choose the right trump suit. With such a had not promised the earth with his 3®, so
C.V. Rao Banerjee Chotan Sumit
powerful diamond suit, I have a feeling that there was no need for East to bid any higher
1t 2´ Pass Pass
3® Pass 3™ 3t is a better rebid. If partner does happen than this.
to hold a good club fit, this will assist you in
playing a diamond contract. It is not just n Awards: 3t (10), 4t (6), 3® (4),
On to Bangalore next, where C.V. Rao faced that your shape is 6-4; it is the quality of the 3™/games (2).
Indian Railways in the semi-finals of the diamond suit that suggests you should
Ruia Trophy. 3™, on a 5-1 fit, was hardly an rebid 3t.
3. Love All. Dealer West. Townsend and Gold use the sequence 2t trump queen, there are two popular meth-
(Multi) – 2™ – 2NT to cover balanced ods of responding. One is to give a count of
´ AKQ ´ 987643 hands of 23-24 points. A benefit of this is kings; the other (better, really) is to cue-bid
™ Q2 ™ A8 that they can start 2® – 2t – 2NT (game- which king you hold.
t AK8 S t Q754 forcing) when they hold 25-27 points, sav- Townsend – Gold use a variation of the
® A K 10 9 3 ® Q
ing a whole level of bidding. second method: with one side-suit king, they
Gold showed his spades with a transfer cue-bid the card. When they hold two side-
Townsend Gold response and Townsend’s 3´ rebid then suit kings, they cue-bid the suit where the
2® 2t indicated spade support. You see the advan- king is not held! So, 6™ showed either the
2NT 3™ tage of this method? With spades agreed, ™K or both the minor-suit kings. The latter
3´ 4® East’s 4® became a cue-bid. Using normal case was much more likely, to make up the
5t 5™ methods, 4® would show a second suit. points for the 2NT rebid, and Gold leapt to
6™ 7´ Townsend cue-bid 4t and Gold bid the grand. Well bid!
Roman Key-Card Blackwood, the response
showing four key-cards. Gold’s 5™ asked for n Awards: 7NT/7´ (10), 6NT/6´ (6), 6®
The deal is from the 2009 Lederer Trophy. the queen of trumps. When holding the (3), Games (2).
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