Bidding Quiz by David Bird
Beat Today’s Experts
Answers to Problems on Page 31
1. Game All. Dealer South. you not bet your house on Agustin Madala This was the auction at the other table:
and Norberto Bocchi reaching 7™?
Madala was too strong to overcall with 4™ West North East South
´ AK72 ´ 96 and began with a take-out double. Bocchi had Giubilo Duboin Cima Sementa
™ KQJ643 N ™ A 10 7 5 4®
WE a good hand but did not like to stray beyond
t AQ S t KJ532 Dble Pass 4™ Pass
® 7 ® A3 the game-level. He bid just 4™, choosing the
4NT Pass 5® Pass
major suit. 6™ Pass 7™
West North East South Madala was worth a slam try now. What
Madala Versace Bocchi Lauria should he bid? He decided to test the water The same start, as you see, but Valerio Giubilo
4® with a cue-bid of 5®. When partner cooperat-
Dble Pass 4™ Pass
then bid 4NT. This was a slam-try but not
ed with a cue-bid in diamonds (showing the Blackwood. East’s 5® showed specifically the ®A
5® Pass 5t Pass
tA or tK), he jumped to 6™. Do you think and West then jumped to 6™. With the trump
Bocchi should raise to the grand now? ace and good diamonds it was obvious to bid 7™.
He did hold two unannounced aces and
THE DEAL comes from a semi-final of the many players would have done. Perhaps he n Awards: 7NT/7™ (10), 6NT/6™ (6), games
Patton de Monaco. There are thirteen top was worried that partner held a void club and (2).
tricks, not counting any spade ruffs. Would the ®A might then be worthless.
2. E/W Game. Dealer South. This deal is from the final of the same event. Mario D’Avossa (West) bid 3t at his second
South’s 2NT shows a sound four-card raise of turn. This agreed spades and showed a dia-
partner’s hearts. This is a common treatment mond side suit. Surely Riccardo Intonti (East)
´ A93 ´ KJ86542
nowadays, although the editor of Bridge should have pictured the ´A and tA opposite,
™ 82 N ™ 10 4
t AJ954 WE
t K Magazine awarded me only 1 point out of 10 or possibly the ´Q, tA and ®K? No, he rebid
® 643 ® AJ9 when I suggested the bid on their bidding only 3´, passed out, and 10 IMPs were lost.
panel article recently. Giorgio Duboin’s 3™
West North East South showed a sound raise in spades and Antonio n Awards: 4´ (10), 3´ (5).
Duboin Lanzarotti Sementa Manno Sementa raised to the excellent spade game.
Pass There was no loser in the trump suit, so ten
Pass 1™ 1´ 2NT tricks were easily made
3™ Pass 4´
After the same start at the other table,
3. E/W Game. Dealer South. We will now take a deal from the Polish four of a minor opposite 3NT, a return to 4NT
Premier League. South opens with a weak 2™ is a sign-off (not Blackwood). Buras was not
´ Q7 ´ A9 and Krzysztof Buras launches his fine hand stopping short of a slam on his giant hand and
™ K N ™ Q 10 7 4 with a take-out double. a small slam was safely reached.
WE Suppose East had responded 3t instead,
t AK42 S
t Q J 10 6 5 Most pairs nowadays play Lebensohl res-
® AKQJ42 ® 95 ponses to such a double. Hands in the 0-7 showing around 8-10 points. After 3™ – 3NT –
point range normally respond 2NT. Unless the 4t, East would cue-bid his spade control and
West North East South doubler has an abnormally strong hand, he a minor-suit slam would again be reached.
Buras Klapper Narkiewicz Posluszny rebids 3®. This allows partner to pass if clubs
2™ is his suit or to sign off in some other suit. n Awards: 6NT (10), 6t/6® (9), games (5).
Dble Pass 3NT Pass
4® Pass 4NT Pass
Since 2NT would have been Lebensohl,
6® Grzegorz Narkiewicz bid 3NT. Buras’s 4® sug-
gested a club slam. When partner advances to
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