4. E/W Game. Dealer East. Next we visit the 2010 Australian Trials. he leapt to 7®!
David Lilley opens with his strongest bid Declarer won the heart lead, crossed to
and Zoli Nagy gives a negative response the tA and ruffed the t2 with the ace. On
´ 8 ´ AJ6
™ 432 N ™ AK8 (the equivalent of an Acol 2®-2t start). this trick South’s tK fell, so the grand was
t A Q J 10 2 W E
t 9 When Lilley shows a club suit, what should made. If the king had not fallen so obliging-
® 10 6 3 2 ® AKQJ98 Nagy bid? ly, declarer still had three entries to dummy
His choice was 4´ – a splinter bid that (the trump ten and two spade ruffs). He
West East agreed clubs and showed at most one spade. could therefore have established another
Nagy Lilley Lilley continued with Roman Key-card trick in diamonds if the suit broke 4-3 or
2t Blackwood, hearing of one key card (the North held tK-x-x-x-x and a ruffing finesse
2™ 3® tA) opposite. He knew that he could ruff could be taken.
his two spade losers and hoped, very rea-
sonably, that there would be some way to n Awards: 7® (10), 6® (7), games (4), 6NT
dispose of his heart loser. In macho fashion, (3).
5. Love All. Dealer South. The deal comes from the final of the Carl Ragnarsson preferred to bid 4t and
Filbyter Cup in Linköping, Sweden. North the bidding died there. North, who held
´ QJ7 ´ A opens 3´ in the third seat and Magnus Berg ´K865432 ™82 t4 ®QJ10, led the ®Q and
™ 53 W E
™ AK94 enters with a take-out double. What would ten tricks were made.
t K 10 8 3 2 S t J96 you respond on the West cards? Cardplay aces amongst you may note that
® K83 ® A9752
As I see it, West should respond 3NT. 5t can be made at double-dummy, but only
There is no guarantee, from his point of by playing three rounds of clubs immediately!
West North East South view, that the contract will succeed. Against (The defenders can force dummy to ruff in
Ragnarsson Axelsson Berg Hedborg
that, maybe 4t will not be a good spot. You spades and a trump coup is then required to
Pass 3´ Dble Pass might at least choose the option that will hold South to one trump trick from his
4t pay handsomely if it succeeds. South held tAQ75.)
the tQ, so 3NT would have been an easy
make: four diamond tricks and five top n Awards: 3NT (10), 5t (7), 5® (5), part
winners outside. scores (4).
6. Love All. Dealer West. king-queen to a hand that had forced to Tips to remember
game. Even so, I cannot admire the 3´ bid
´ AKQ ´ 10 6 3 2 on a ten-high suit. With no club stopper, • When theshould make have use of
™ AQJ763 N ™ 8 Sveindal had to give preference to diamonds
t K9432 bidding that suit yourself. Suppose
S and the bidding drew to a halt in 5t. The
® 76 ® KQ3 they open 1t and your partner
contract was made, on a favourable lie, but
overcalls 1´. You can show a
4™ was a much superior game.
West East strong raise of spades by bidding
East’s 3t suggests some values, in the
Sveindal Sundelin 2t. A raise to 3´ would be pre-
2® 2t absence of a second negative (usually 2NT),
2™ 3t and he might well have bid just 4™ at his
3™ 3´ third turn. • When you follow up double (1t
double with a second
n Awards: 4™ (10), 5™/5t (6), 3NT (5), – Dble – Pass – 1´; 2t – Dble) the
slams (2). double is still for take-out. It
denies four-card support for the
We end at the Olrud Easter Festival in suit that partner has bid; other-
Hamar, Norway. Two of the biggest names in ´ ™t® wise you would raise instead.
Scandinavian bridge, Jon Sveindal of
Norway and P-O Sundelin of Sweden were • Bid fit or better,when you have a
in partnership and all was straightforward Our experts fail to repeat their dazzling
with a 4-4 fit. With only eight
up to 3™. What should East say next? form in the last issue and collect 42 out of
trumps between the hands, a 4-1
Sundelin was reluctant to bid 4™ (or 60, giving you a fair chance to beat them.
trump break will often cause
3NT) because he was adding a king and a Let’s look for some useful bidding tips.
problems in the play. r
In the Corwen Trophy, the EBU competition for County pairs, top three places went to:
1. Jim Grant and Stefan Lindfors (Devon);
2. Graham Jepson and David Musson (Yorks); 3. Tim Brierley and Mike Elliott (Avon).
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