4. E/W Game. Dealer East. England face Sweden on this deal. Justin opponents’ strong bidding in spades that his
Hackett opens 1t, overcalled with 1´. What partner will be very short in that suit. He leaps
does Jason Hackett’s 2´ mean? to 6t and the 23-point slam is reached. Well
´ 873 ´ Void
If responder wants the opener to bid again, done.
™ AQ53 N ™ 10 6 4
t K 10 9 6 3 W E
t AJ7542 he can make a negative double. If responder As it happens, the Swedish South now
® 2 ® AKQ4 has a good suit to show, he can bid it. So, a bid judged well to sacrifice in 6´, which went only
in the opponent’s suit has only one meaning: 800 down. 7t depends on the heart finesse,
it shows a sound raise in the opener’s suit. A which would in fact have succeeded.
West North East South
Jason Bertheau Justin Nystrom direct response of 3t would have been pre-
1t 1´ emptive. n Awards: 6t (10), 7t (7), 5t (5), 4´ dou-
2´ 4´ 5® Pass North raises pre-emptively to 4´ and Justin bled (3).
6t Pass Pass 6´ can scent a slam. Diamonds are agreed as
trumps, so 5® is a cue-bid, showing slam val-
ues and a club control. Jason can tell from the
5. E/W Game. Dealer South. On this deal two of the world’s strongest big cards from partner (the ´K and a minor-
women’s teams face each other: England and suit top card) to make the game good. A game-
Germany. Nicola Smith has only 4 points but try was enough in that case. Pony Nehmert bid
´ AQ642 ´ K 10 7 3
N she is worth a raise to 2´. This may allow part- 3t over Brock’s 3®. What should Smith do
™ AKQ9 W E
t J9 S t 86 ner to compete further if South raises dia- now?
® 98 ® J762 monds, for example. Christina Giampietro The East hand is minimum in every respect,
enters with a competitive double. What should yes, but which is the weaker move: a Pass or
West North East South Sally Brock bid now? 3´?
Brock Nehmert Smith Giampietro Slaves to the Losing Trick Count would It is sensible to go straight to the committed
Pass mutter: ‘I have five losers and partner should level (3´ here) when you are weak, thereby
1´ 2t 2´ Dble have nine. 5 plus 9 = 14. 18 minus 14 = 4.’ The consuming bidding space. Following this laud-
3® 3t 3´
arithmetic completed, they would bid 4´ and able method, Smith bid 3´ and the England
go one down. ladies stopped safely. Well done.
Sally Brock evaluated her hand more accu-
rately. She held only 16 points and needed two n Awards: 3´/2´ (10), 4´ (3).
contract. Whose fault was it?
6. N/S Game. Dealer East.
East is blameless as the driven snow! He
Tips to remember
showed his minimum hand and West never-
´ AQ3 theless suggested a slam. East’s 4´ cue-bid • overcall is constructive a but non-
A change-of-suit facing one-level
™ KQ ™ 862
t A 10 2
t 93 meant that he had a spade control (ace, king forcing. Facing a two-level overcall
® KQ954 ® A J 10 6 3 or shortage). It also meant that he did not it is forcing.
have a heart or diamond control, otherwise he
would have cue-bid one of those suits. West • overcalled, you bid the overcaller’s
When your partner’s opening bid is
West North East South knew that the ™A and the tK were missing.
Curlin E’berg Vucic V’guerra With no reason to expect that any diamond suit to show a sound raise of part-
1® 1t losers could be discarded, he should have ner’s suit to the three-level, at least.
2t Pass 3® Pass For example, after a start of 1t and
signed off in 5®.
4® Pass 4´ Pass
an overcall of 1´, you bid 2´. 3t
n Awards: 3NT (10), 5® (9), 4NT (4), slams instead would be pre-emptive.
France face Serbia on our last deal. The Serbian • Dothe sole guideLosing Trick a raise
not use the Count
East, Aleksandar Vucic, opens a natural 1®. ´ ™t® as for judging
in a suit. Look also at the point-
Hervé Vinciguerra overcalls 1t and Igor
count and whether your honours
Curlin’s 2t shows a sound raise in clubs to at
Our experts fell only at the last hurdle, scoring are aces rather than kings, kings
least the three level. East indicates a minimum
a fine 53 out of 60. If you came anywhere rather than queens.
hand with his sign-off in 3®. West might rebid
3NT but he still sees the chance of a high club close, you did well. Let’s look for some bidding
contract and advances to 4®. East cue-bids tips.
his spade control and West bids 6®, a hopeless
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