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4. Game All. Dealer North. We stay at the Lederer for one more big respond to his partner's limited opening bid

deal, with Ireland (the eventual winners) and all now depended on the action of West

´ 95 facing England in the final match. Nick in the pass-out seat. After some thought the

™ KQJ8 overcall on his respectable four-card suit. English West passed, rather than protecting

t 7 Adam Mesbur showed his spades and heard with 2´. The England pair put up a spark-

® K Q 10 8 7 3 ling defence to beat 2® by two tricks (East

´ K Q 10 8 6 ´J73

a raise to 4´. What should he bid next?

™ 765 N ™A Mesbur had visions of ten tricks in spades underleading the tA at one stage), but it

W E was still a loss of 15 IMPs.

t K9864 S

t A Q J 10 and diamonds. Two club ruffs, for example,

® Void ®A9542 would bump this to twelve. If the ™A-K

´ A42

™ 10 9 4 3 2 were missing, South might still need to find n Awards: 6t (10), 6´ (9), 5´/5t/4´ (6),

t 532 a heart lead. Quite rightly he leapt all the part scores (2)

® J6 way to 6t, which was duly made. As you

see, 6´ would go down if North chooses to

West North East South lead his singleton diamond.

Mesbur Erichsen Fitzgibbon Selway At the other table, the Irish North opened

1® 1t Pass 2®, playing a strong club system. East could

1´ 2® 4´ Pass

not overcall at the two-level on a four-card

6t

suit and had to pass. South had no reason to

5. Game All. Dealer West. Crouch and Forrester were playing Acol and might be based on a hand with only two dia-

1t therefore guaranteed at least four dia- monds. With no guarantee of a diamond fit,

´ 642 ´ KQJ9 monds. Forrester responded with a splinter his partner had to make a negative (take-

™ AJ N ™ 7 bid of 3™, agreeing diamonds and showing out) double of 2™. When 4™ ran back to

W E

t AJ8432 S

t KQ65 at most one heart. When South contested him, he could hardly do other than double

® 72 ® K654

with 4™, it was easy for Crouch to bid 5t. again. 4™ doubled proved unbeatable and it

The ®A was with North and the contract was a massive 16 IMPs to the eventual win-

West North East South was easily made. ners.

Crouch Patterson Forrester Collins At the other table East-West were playing

1t 1™ 3™ 4™ n Awards: 5t (10), 4´ (6), 6t (4), 4™ (3),

Precision and life was not so easy:

5t

4™ Doubled (2).

West North East South

Stuart T. Robson Gerald T. Allfrey

Next we visit the Gold Cup final, where 1t 2™ Dble 4™

Allfrey defeated Collins 160-138 IMPs. Pass Pass Dble

The West hand is well worth an opening

bid of 1t, despite containing only 10 points. Stuart Tredinnick’s Precision 1t opening

because this would have been pre-emptive.

6. E/W Game. Dealer East.

His Bergen 3t response showed that he had

Tips to remember

´ A652 ´ J93

a genuine raise in hearts to the three-level. • Opposite 2NT (or 2® – 2t –

2NT) it is not often that res-

™ Q752 N ™ AKJ84

With a minimum opening, Robson now

t J8 W E

t 92 signed off in 3™. Even this contract might ponder will wish to play in three

S

® A63 ® K42 go down, if the defenders can establish a of his major. There is much to

club trick before declarer takes advantage of be said for the method where

West East a 3-3 spade break to set up a discard. opener’s rebid in partner’s suit

Allfrey Robson The defenders did manage to set up a (after a transfer response) shows

1™ club trick in time. Unfortunately, the defend- a fit. He rebids 3NT otherwise.

3t 3™

er who won the third round of clubs had

discarded a spade. He had to concede a ruff-

• When you hold 14 points or so

but your shape is unsuitable for

and-discard and the contract was made. a take-out double, it is accept-

We end with another deal from the Gold able to overcall at the one level

Cup final. Many years ago, the method n Awards: 2™ (10), 3™ (8), 4™ (3). on a chunky four-card suit.

known as Inverted Minors was conceived,

where 1t – 3t is pre-emptive and 1t – 2t ´ ™t®

• When partner opens at the one-

level and reopens the bidding

is forcing. Nowadays, many pairs play also after a jump-overcall by the de-

that 1´ – 3´ and 1™ – 3™ are pre-emptive Our experts score 42 out of 60. Let’s look fender sitting over him, he does

responses. When Andrew Robson opened for some bidding tips. not guarantee a strong hand.

1™, Alexander Allfrey could not respond 3™ You must show restraint in any

further bidding. r

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