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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-

W E

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

W E

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

Robson Allfrey

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

are

don’t

lighter

™ 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!

S

® 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.

West East

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.

2t

3t

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

3´ 3NT

4NT 5® Allfrey – Robson, Forrester – Gold, Crouch – try nevertheless, evaluate your

5t 6´ Patterson. hand within the range already

indicated.

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.

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