Bidding Quiz by David Bird
Beat Today’s Experts
Answers to Problems on Page 31
1. Love All. Dealer West. THIS TIME our deals will all come from the A popular method over an intervening
final of the Gold Cup, with Allfrey facing de double is to use Pass and Redouble as the
Botton. first two steps. 5´ would then be the third
´ AJ7 ´ KQ64
™ AK N ™ 10 9
Nick Sandqvist’s 2NT rebid shows 18 or 19 step. Anyway, Sandqvist did well not to bid a
t A 10 9 5 points. 3t by East would then have been grand slam immediately, with five trumps
® 10 8 4 ® AQ5 forcing, but David Burn made the better bid and a potentially useful jack in partner’s suit.
of 4t, showing great diamond support and Burn persisted with a 6® grand-slam try
West North East South slam intentions. When partner cue-bid in and Sandqvist leapt to 7t. One of West’s
Sandqvist Gold Burn Forrester hearts, Burn bid RKCB, hearing of three key clubs goes on the fourth spade, but a finesse
1t Pass 1´ Pass
2NT Pass 4t Pass cards (two aces and the trump king). His 5™, in clubs cannot be avoided. (If West’s shape
4™ Pass 4NT Pass the next available bid not in the trump suit, were 3-3-5-2, all would have been well.) The
5® Pass 5™ Dble asked for the queen of trumps. ®K was offside and the grand went one
5NT Pass 6® Pass Tony Forrester doubled 5™ and I see from down – a result duplicated by Alexander
his convention card that such doubles Allfrey and Andrew Robson at the other table.
request the lead of the ‘lower unbid suit’,
where he held ®K-J-9-7-6. That’s a clever n Awards: 6NT (10), 6t (9), 7NT/7t (6),
idea! games (2).
2. Game All. Dealer West. Most of England’s top players use a strong a diamond to the king, the ace and queen of
1NT opening, which implies that a rebid in trumps (dropping the ®J from North) and
´ A 10 9 ´ 3
no-trumps is weak. Burn duly showed a another diamond. Forrester (North) held
™ K Q 7 6 2 N ™ A J minimum hand and Thor-Erik Hoftaniska tA-10-9-8 and the slam was made.
W E introduced his clubs. Since this might be a
t 7 4 S
t K Q J 6 2 At the other table Peter Crouch and Derek
® Q 9 8 ® A K 10 5 4 four-card suit, Burn signed off in 3NT. The Patterson stopped in 4™.
4® continuation showed a fifth club and
West East Burn now agreed this suit with a cue-bid of n Awards: 6® (10), 5®/4™ (6), 3NT (5),
4´. (Had he preferred diamonds, he would 6t (3).
2NT 3® have bid 4t instead.) RKCB led to the very
3NT 4® reasonable contract of 6®.
4´ 4NT David Gold, South, found the best lead of
5t 6® a spade, won with the ace. Hoftaniska played
3. N/S Game. Dealer West. Do you rate that West hand as an opening At the other table Gold and Forrester bid
bid? It contains only 11 points including a 1´ – 2™ – 4™. Why did Gold rebid 4™?
´ J8752 ´ K singleton queen. In addition to that, the Because 2™ was game-forcing (using the 2-
™ AJ3 N ™ KQ9752 longest suit is only jack-high. The Kaplan- over-1 method, popular in the USA). The
t Q S
t 954 Rubens hand evaluator (find it via Google 4™ rebid was therefore weaker than 3™
® Q J 10 4 ® A83 on the internet) assesses the true value of would have been.
the hand as just 9.3 points. Suppose West passes. The bidding might
Nevertheless, it represents an opening bid then start 1™ – 1´ – 2™ – 3™, leaving East to
Malinowski de Botton
1´ 2™ in today’s game! Artur Malinowski opened decide whether to bid the game.
3™ 4™ 1´ and the heart game was easily reached.
Janet de Botton scored six hearts, three clubs n Awards: 4™ (10), part-scores (5).
and a diamond ruff, to land the contract.
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