David Bird Bidding problems are on page 29
1. E/W Game. Dealer North. ner, Fabienne Pigeaud, bids 2t. How strong is round control in hearts.’
this, would you say? Pigeaud could now visualize a low point-
´ A9 ´ K J 10 8 6 Some players treat a change-of-suit as forcing count slam. Partner’s heart cue-bid was likely
™ 972 N ™ 10 opposite an overcall. Beginners’ books tend to to be a shortage after North’s strong rebid. She
t A 10 8 7 6 4 3 S t K52 promote this treatment because it is easier to surely held the ®A as well, to justify making a
® 3 ® AKJ6 teach! Most of the bridge magazine systems cue-bid. Seven diamonds, three black-suit
(used by their expert bidding panels) describe tricks and two heart ruffs would add up to
West North East South
such a change of suit as ‘constructive but non- twelve. If only one heart ruff was safe, because
Pigeaud Neve Fishpool Bessis
1™ 1´ Pass forcing’. I think this is the best method. of a possible overruff, a fourth black-suit trick
2t 3™ 4™ Pass North rebid 3™ and Fishpool had to calcu- would come to the rescue. She leapt to 6t,
6t late her next move on a hand with a good fit completing a splendid auction.
for partner’s diamonds. Her choice was 4™, a
We start at the final of the French Ladies Trials. cue-bid with the message: ‘I have a good dia- n Awards: 6t (10), 5t (7), 4´ (6), 6´ (3).
Catherine Fishpool overcalls 1´ and her part- mond fit, a strong hand and first- or second-
ship of Boye Brogeland and Erik Sælensminde indicated the ´A (or a void spade) by cue-
2. N/S Game. Dealer East. from Norway. East’s rebid of 2t was a reverse bidding 5´, Brogeland would have invited a
´ J 10 6 2 ´ 8 (a bid in a new suit that is higher than two of grand slam by bidding 5NT.
™ AKQJ3 N ™ 7 the first suit). As such, it was forcing for one East in fact bid 5NT himself. This meant: ‘I
t 63 S t AKJ9 round. do not have first-round spade control but other-
® QJ ® AK98652 Brogeland bid fourth suit forcing and wise I have an excellent hand.’ Knowing there
Sælensminde made the unexpected rebid of was a top loser in spades, Brogeland signed off
West North East South 5®. What would your reaction have been on in 6®.
Brogeland Gromov S’minde Dubinin At the other table West reached the less
the West cards?
East had suggested 4-7 shape in the minors. impressive contract of 6NT. North, who held
1™ 1´ 2t Pass
2´ Pass 5® Pass This was not the moment for West to worry the ´A-K, very wisely did not double. He could
5™ Pass 5NT Pass that there might be two top spade losers and I not stand the thought of waiting for partner to
6® fully expected Brogeland to raise to 6®. No, he find the right lead against a retreat to 7®!
made a grand-slam try of 5™! He was looking
This deal is from a 2010 Vanderbilt match and for a grand slam, should East hold the ´A, tA n Awards: 6® (10), 6™ (7), games (5),
features the exciting world-champion partner- and long clubs headed by the A-K. If East had grands/6NT (3).
3. N/S Game. Dealer West. The remaining deals all come from the 2010 better bid! He cue-bid spades for a second
European championship in Ostend. Italy faced time. Since the bidding was already committed
´ AK765 ´ Void Germany on this deal and Lorenzo Lauria’s 2t to 6t, this was a grand-slam try. He must
™ 8652 N
™ AK response was forcing to game. The bidding therefore hold the ®A as well as the ´K.
t 4 S t A K Q 10 9 8 5 3 2 continued to 3NT and Lauria’s 4t was then a The splendid 5´ bid would have allowed
® A 10 4 ® 87 slam try, based on a massive diamond suit. Lauria to bid 7NT if he held three low clubs
Alfredo Versace’s 4´ was a cue-bid, showing and one diamond fewer. As it was, Lauria
West East could count fourteen tricks and bid 7NT.
the ace or king of spades. Lauria’s 5™ was also
1´ 2t a cue-bid but it carried the message that he Most pairs reached this top spot, although
2™ 3t did not hold any control in the club suit; oth- some unaccountably chose 7t instead. Poor
3NT 4t erwise he would have cue-bid 5® instead. San Marino ended in 3t after a bidding mis-
4´ 5™ What should West bid next? understanding.
Some players would cue-bid 6® to show
that they had first-round control in the suit n Awards: 7NT (10), 7t (8), 6NT (5) 6t (4),
where partner had no control. West found a games (1).
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