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New world record

ASK HEATHER

set in Ealing

Send your questions to multiple world champion Heather Dhondy

c/o the editor at 23 Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LR or e-mail elena@ebu.co.uk.

Please include your name and address even if writing by e-mail –

though we are happy not to publish your name to protect the guilty!

Heather Dhondy

HOW many points do you need for a instead given three diamonds.

grand slam? Ask a bridge teacher and they This one hand ended up costing Drax

will probably tell you 37. Ask James Bond something of the order of £15,000!

(Agent 007) and he will tell you 6! OK, so 6 is the lowest point count needed My wife, Rebecca, and I play the basic

In Moonraker, having pre-arranged the for a grand slam in a suit. What about 7NT? ACOL Standard English system re-

pack and playing for enormous stakes, To be proof against any lead, you will commended by the EBU for teaching

Bond sees to it that the evil Drax gets the need the four aces between the two hands. beginners. Recently we managed to

West hand on the deal below, where the This example (17 points) is fair (just bid and make 7NT on a combined

final contract of 7® cannot be defeated on needing a 1-1 split in spades): point count of 25. The hands were as

any lead: follows:

´ A J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 ´ Void

´ Void ™ A ™ 5432 ´ AK ´ 10 9

™ Void t A N

t 5432 ™ 2 N ™ A98543

W E W E

t Q8765432 ® Void S ® A5432 t K 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 S t A2

® A Q 10 8 4 ® AK ® 842

´ AKQJ ´ 65432

™ AKQJ W

N

E

™ 10 9 8 7 2 However, to be 100% certain you would The bidding (with opponents silent

S

t AK t J 10 9 need 19 points, as shown here: throughout) went:

® KJ9 ® Void

´ 10 9 8 7 ´ A Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 ´ Void West East

™ 6543 ™ A N

™ 5432 2t1 2™

W E

t Void t Void S t A5432 3t 4t

® 76532 ® Void ® A432 4NT2 5™3

7NT

Curiously, Ian Fleming gave North the The equivalent ‘James Bond’ minimum 1 Strong, forcing

queen of diamonds, even though this is for 7NT would be 11, as in this deal . . . 2 Blackwood

unnecessary to ensure the grand if West is 3 Two aces

´ Void

™ Void Fortunately the three missing dia -

t 8765432 monds split 2-1 and we were home

® 765432 and dry! Two other pairs bid 7t, the

´ K ´ Void rest of the field were not in a grand

™ K Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 ™ Void slam.

t Void W

N

E

t A K Q J 10 9 This set me wondering what the

S

® Void ® A K Q J 10 9 8 lowest recorded point count for a

´ A Q J 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 7NT bid and made was.

™ A

t Void

® Void Well, it’s good news for Chris and Rebecca.

According to our research, the lowest

. . . where South can always make 7NT. recorded point-count for 7NT bid and

Note that, amazingly, if West were dealer made was 26, thus their 25-point contract

and were to bid 7NT in front of South, he becomes the new world record – unless

could also make it! you know differently! So congratulations

So much for the theory, what about real to them, not only on this record, but on a

life? I received this letter from Chris Bonser first class sequence to an excellent contract.

Rebecca and Chris Bonser of the Brentham Bridge Club, Ealing: Your top was well deserved. r

www.ebu.co.uk August 2010 English Bridge 9

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