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4. Love All. Dealer South. Next we visit the 2012 Australian Play-offs. game was easily made (South held a singleton

Paul Gosney is too strong for a 2® overcall ®Q.)

and begins with a take-out double. What At the other table West preferred to show his

´ AK8 ´ 7532

™ A96 N

™ Q8 should he bid next when his partner responds strength with a rebid of 2t. East then bid 2NT,

WE raised to 3NT.

t Void S t QJ873 1´?

® A K J 10 6 4 2 ® 53 A rebid of 2® would show a strong hand (a Five Clubs is not such a good game. Even if

change of suit following a take-out double) clubs break 2-2, it might be beaten by a trump

West North East South but it would not do justice to the West cards. lead.

Gosney Burgess Edgtton Del’Monte He chose to jump to 3®. This showed a very

1t powerful hand indeed, although there are dif- n Awards: 3NT (10), 5® (7), part-scores (5).

Dble Pass 1´ Pass fering opinions as to whether it is forcing.

3® Pass 3NT Nabil Edgtton was happy to bid 3NT and the

5. E/W Game. Dealer North. The next deal comes from the 2012 USA because you hold extra high cards, since these

Women’s Trials final, with Sprung facing Moss. will perform equally well when defending

I have chosen the deal because it illustrates a against 4´. Nor is East’s doubleton spade an

´ K5 ´ 42

™ Q7653 N

™ A K J 10 2 very important principle of competitive bid- incentive towards bidding on.

WE

t Q75 S t A 10 8 ding judgement. The contract of 5™, thankfully undoubled,

® 653 ® A92 Judy Radin opens 1™. When the next player went two down even though the ´A and the

overcalls 1´, Sylvia Moss raises pre-emptively tK were both onside. Meanwhile 4´ was one

West North East South to 4™ and North bids 4´. How should East down at the other table.

Moss Bernstein Radin Wheeler react to this situation? Suppose West had held the ®K, along with

Pass 1™ 1´ If East decides to bid 5™, this should be the tK instead of the tQ. Five Hearts would

4™ 4´ 5™ still go down and there would then be a size-

because of unexpected extra distribution. For

example, she might hold a seven-card suit, or able penalty available against 4´.

perhaps 5-5 or 6-4 shape in her two longest

suits. You should not go to the five-level n Awards: 4´ Doubled (10), 4´ (8), 5™ (4).

6. N/S Game. Dealer West. key cards for hearts. When his partner contin- Tips to remember

ued with 6t he had to decide whether this was

some sort of grand-slam try in hearts or

´

43

AK7652 N

´

Void

8

showing a desire to play in diamonds. With • When partner leaps to a small

slam and you have an undisclosed

t Q WE

t A K J 10 9 8 7 6 only one diamond in his hand, Jones took the

S top card or two, do not shrug

® 9853 ® KQJ6 right view of the situation.

your shoulders and pass. Think

Mike Pownall (South) led his singleton ®4,

carefully whether your extra val-

Peter Goodman winning with the ®A.

West East ues justify a raise to the grand.

Declarer false-carded the ®K, although the

Jones Rees

®Q might have been a better choice (since

2™

5NT

5t

6t South would lead high from Q-J-6-4). • When partner advances to 4® or

4t over 3NT, suggesting a slam,

Anyway, Peter Goodman attempted to cash

the ´A at trick two and the slam was made. your 4NT is then a sign-off.

We end with a humorous deal from the 2012 n Awards: 6t (10), 6® (8), 5t/5®/4™ (6), • A take-out double followed by a

jump in a new suit shows a very

Welsh Trials. Gary Jones opened with a weak part-scores (2).

2™ and Tim Rees responded 5t. Would you fine hand indeed.

have bid again on that West hand? ´ ™t®

The answer is: yes, if you thought that 5t

was Exclusion Blackwood! It would then agree

• If you play Exclusion Blackwood

(an excellent convention) make

A combination of good bidding, bad bidding

hearts and ask for key-cards outside the dia- and good luck nets our experts 49/60. Let’s see sure you and your partner know

mond suit. if we can extract some useful bidding tips. when it applies. r

Jones bid 5NT, the third step, to show two

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Celia Weber, proof-readers Jeremy Dhondy, Bob and Pat Dowdeswell, Tony

Gordon, John Neville and Tone Parkinson, and jack-of-all-trades Matt Betts.

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