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4. Game All. Dealer East. You may be surprised to hear that the last the contract was easily made. Even a
two women to be ranked ‘best in the trump lead would not disrupt declarer’s
♠ K 10 9
♥ K 10 8 6 world’ by the World Bridge Federation prospects. She would win in her hand and
♦ J4 are both European. Catherine D'Ovidio ruff three spades in the dummy. Since the
♣ Q J 10 6 of France was recently overtaken for the fourth-round ruff is with the ace, she
♠ A ♠ J532 number one spot by Germany’s Sabine would not suffer an overruff.
♥ 9432 ♥ Q7 How did Gaviard find this bid, with a
♦ K Q 10 9 5 3
Auken. D’Ovidio sat West on this deal,
♣ 9432 ♣ A playing for France in an exhibition match minimum hand including a possibly
♠ Q8764 against China. worthless ♥Q-x? She could guess from
♥ AJ5 When the Chinese South intervened the North-South bidding that her partner
♦ 8 with 1♠, D’Ovidio opened her account held a singleton spade. Since she had not
with a negative double, to keep hearts in rebid her diamonds, it was likely that West
the picture. North raised to 2♠ and held four-card support and in that case it
West North East South
D’Ovidio Zhang Gaviard Wang Danièle Gaviard had nothing to say on would be possible to ruff several spades in
1♦ 1♠ her minimum hand. D’Ovidio contested the dummy. In other words, the two hands
Dble 2♠ Pass Pass with 3♦ and a casual observer might have would fit remarkably well.
3♦ Pass 5♦ expected this to end the auction. Not at I Awards: 5♦ – 10, part scores – 5, 3NT/
all! Gaviard leapt all the way to 5♦ and 2♠ (South) – 2.
5. Game All. Dealer East. The Poland Under-20 team faced Norway cue-bidding aces and kings alike, perhaps
in the final of the White House Juniors we can agree that it is a poor idea to cue-bid
♠ — ♠ A 10 8 7 5
♥ 652 N ♥ KQ73 tournament. A more politically correct a shortage in partner’s main suit. How can
♦ 5 writer than myself would have chosen a he evaluate A-Q-x-x-x if you cue-bid equal-
♣ A K J 10 5 4 ♣ Q87 deal where the youngsters bid well, thereby ly on a king or a shortage?
proving what a bright future the game has. East, who had so far not limited his hand
No, my eye has fallen on a small slam with (difficult at the best of times when 2♣ is
Machno Igla two cashable aces missing. game-forcing), now had a chance to sign off
1♠ West’s 2♣ response was game-forcing in 5♣. No, he chose RKCB, heard of just
2♣ 2♥ but did not necessarily show clubs. 3♣ two key cards and had to play in 6♣ never-
3♣ 4♣ confirmed that a good club suit was held theless. Ah well, unlike a certain crusty
4♦ 4♥ but by this time a round of bidding had English Bridge writer, they have plenty of
4♠ 4NT been lost. East could hardly bid anything decades left to hone their bidding skills.
other than 4♣ and two king-based cue bids I Awards: 5♣ –10, 3NT – 9, part scores
followed. Whatever your views may be on – 4, slams – 1.
6. E/W Game. Dealer North. decent hand. Although you are top-weight AFTER a promising start our experts
for 4♥, the action is eminently preferable bid two poor slams, ending with a
♥ 2 to a take-out double, which may have moderate 40 out of 60. Let’s look for
♦ AQ98643 unforeseen consequences. some worthwhile tips.
♣ 93 Larry Cohen responded 3NT, which sug-
♠ 87 ♠ K6 gests some values, and Berkowitz was now
♥ 10 6 W
nervous of rebidding only 4♥. In that case, Tips to remember
♦ K52 S ♦ J
♣ K 10 8 7 6 5 ♣ AQ2 may I suggest 5♥? His actual choice was
♠ A J 10 9 5 3 5NT, which usually means ‘pick a slam’. • Do not open 1NT on a 5-4-2-2
♥ 973 Berkowitz must have had some other shape when you can bid both your
♦ 10 7 meaning in mind, since he corrected part- suits conveniently.
ner’s 6♣ to 6♥ anyway.
Cohen retreated to 6NT and if world • A rebid of responder’s suit oppo-
West North East South
champion, Fantoni, had found a spade lead site a 2NT rebid (1♥ – 1♠ – 2NT
Cohen Fantoni Berkowitz Nunes – 3♠, or 1♥ – 2♦ – 2NT – 3♦)
3♦ Dble Pass the slam might go twelve down vulnerable.
should be forcing.
3NT Pass 5NT Pass Unluckily he chose a passive heart lead and
6♣ Pass 6♥ Pass (as the Honolulu bulletin insisted on put-
6NT ting it) ‘this made 26 tricks difference!’ • Do not cue-bid a shortage in your
partner’s main suit. This makes
Berkowitz scored 1470 instead of losing accurate evaluation impossible.
The deal comes from the 2006 Fall North 1200.
American championships in Honolulu. At the other table the Italians bid to 6♥ • Bidding a major-suit game over an
What would you say on David Berkowitz’s and the Americans sacrificed in 6♠, which opposing pre-empt suggests a
cards when North opens 3♦? I am tempted cost 500. powerful hand. There is no need
to say that it is the world’s most obvious 4♥ I Awards: 4♥ – 10, 5♥/5♣ – 6, 5NT – to show strength by starting with
overcall. Such a bid, particularly when 5, slams – 3. a take-out double instead.
made at adverse vulnerability, shows a
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