4. Love All. Dealer West. Alexander Allfrey bid a disciplined 5™ on Over 3´ Malinowski had the space to dou-
his hand, when many players would hope ble. Gold then bid a lead-directing 4t on:
´ K6 ´ Void for the best in diamonds and leap to 6™. ´Q9752 ™953 tAK ®732. Hoftaniska
™ 10 8 4 N
™ AKQJ62 There is no reason to expect West to be doubled, showing good diamonds (presum-
t Q 10 7 6 4 2 S t J983 short in diamonds. Even if you strike lucky ably) and this was enough to encourage his
® 84 ® AKQ
and find him with the tA or tK, there may partner to bid 6™. Two rounds of diamonds
still be two diamond losers. put paid to this endeavour and Allfrey
West North East South When South’s 5´ ran back to him, Allfrey gained 8 IMPs. What did you make of that?
Robson Sandqvist Allfrey De Botton doubled and picked up a 300 penalty. This After that bidding I would certainly have
Pass 4´ 5™ 5´
was the other auction: bid 6™ on Malinowski’s cards. West’s double
Pass Pass Dble
of 4t seems to have little to commend it.
West North East South
Hoftaniska Forrester Malinowski Gold n Awards: 5´ by N, doubled (10), slams (4).
Pass 3´ Dble 4t
Dble 4´ 6™
5. N/S Game. Dealer North. lower unbid suit (tK-J-8-4-2). Hoftaniska nowadays to play transfers opposite a 1®
redoubles to suggest playing in this spot and opening). Allfrey’s raise to 2™ showed four-
´ 10 ´ A954 Forrester runs to 4´, knowing from West’s card support and a minimum opening. Over
N splinter that N/S have some sort of fit there. the 3´ splinter bid, Allfrey’s 3NT presum-
™ AQJ865 ™ K432
t A76 S t 10 3 West resumes his slam investigation, ably showed a hand suitable for slam play
® KQ7 ® A94
finding that East holds the three missing (the Serious 3NT, although there is no men-
key cards. He bids 5NT (a grand slam try) tion of it on their convention card).
West North East South and East signs off in six. The slam is cold – Robson cue-bid 4® and Allfrey signed off,
Hoftaniska Gold Malinowski Forrester
Pass 1® Pass
eleven top tricks and a diamond ruff to be ending the auction. I am reluctant to assign
1™ Pass 2™ Pass added to the pile. blame on such auctions, since I may be
3´ Pass 4® Dble At the other table Robson and Allfrey unaware of the nuances. On the face of it,
Rdble Pass Pass 4´ stopped short: though, East had limited his hand and
4NT Pass 5® Pass should then have advanced to a slam when
5NT Pass 6™ West East holding three key cards and a perfect fit for
the splinter-bid. Remember that the splin-
The heart fit is located and Hoftaniska then 1t 2™
ter-bid must be a slam try, once the East
makes a splinter bid of 3´, showing at most 3´ 3NT hand is limited.
one spade. Malinowski, with a splendid fit in 4® 4™
the splinter suit, cue-bids 4®. As on Hand 1, n Awards: 6™ (10), games (4).
Forrester doubles to request a lead of the Robson’s 1t showed hearts (it is popular
6. Game All. Dealer East. Sandqvist bid 7´ over Burn’s 6´, aware that Tips to remember
his side needed a big swing or two. Robson
´ A53 ´ KQ876
led the ´10 and Burn made the grand by • Opening bids you gettingwant to
and lighter. If
™ AJ65 N ™ 87 playing the ace and king of trumps, fol-
t K95 W E
t AQ43 lowed by three rounds of diamonds. North be left behind . . . follow the trend!
® KQ7 ® A2 held only two diamonds but had started • When a Blackwood bid (or fol-
low-up) is doubled, use Pass and
with two trumps and could not ruff.
Declarer was then able to ruff his last dia- Redouble as the first two steps.
Forrester Gold mond in the dummy for a 13-IMP gain. The next available bid represents
1´ Despite this bold effort, Allfrey held on to the third step.
win Britain’s top event by 169-156 IMPs.
Many congratulations to the winners:
• When you show a minimum
hand and partner makes a slam
4NT 5® Allfrey – Robson, Forrester – Gold, Crouch – try nevertheless, evaluate your
5t 6´ Patterson. hand within the range already
n Awards: 6´ (10), 6NT (8), 7´ (6), games
This deal arose in the last set. Forrester’s 2® (4).
• When partner’s three-bid is dou-
bled for take-out, consider a lead-
was game-forcing but could be balanced,
directing bid at the four level
natural or showing spade support. 2t ´ ™t®
rather than a direct raise. A-Q-x-x
enquired and 2´ showed spade support. A
is an excellent holding for such a
key-card continuation led to the comfort- A great score of 56/60 from two of
bid. Partner may then lead a dou-
able contract of 6´. England’s finest teams. Let’s end by looking
bleton through dummy’s king. r
After a similar auction at the other table, for some useful bidding tips.
www.ebu.co.uk April 2013 English Bridge 37