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Beat today’s

BIDDING QUIZ

experts

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

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™ Q73 ace, king and another heart. Dummy’s ™Q doubt took the view that East would have bid

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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-

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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

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™ Q2 ™ A8 that they can start 2® – 2t – 2NT (game- which king you hold.

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t AK8 S t Q754 forcing) when they hold 25-27 points, sav- Townsend – Gold use a variation of the

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ing a whole level of bidding. second method: with one side-suit king, they

West East

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

4t 4NT

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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