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4. Love All. Dealer West. This is another deal from the 2007 4♦ should then mean: ‘I am not interested
Spingold. What should West bid on the in a no-trump game. If you have suitable
K 10 8 5 second round? cards, raise to 5♦.’ East must have read 4♦
10 9 8 4 3 2 He is too strong for 2♦. He might rebid (and perhaps the previous 3♦) as forcing.
6 ♦ 3♦ but 2♠ is so much better! Since East He advanced to 5♦, which might have gone
♠ AQJ3 ♠ 764 has denied four spades with his 1NT for 1100 but escaped for 500.
♥ Void W E ♥ K Q 7 response, 2♠ must show a hand that can The auction at the other table was also
♦ KQ98754 S ♦ 3 play in 3♦ (or in 2NT, at least). By bidding instructive:
♣ 97 ♣ Q 10 6 5 4 3 his spades, West tells East that a king or West North East South
♠ 92 Ao Dawson Wang Lynch
♥ AJ65 queen in spades will be valuable whereas
1♦ 1♥ 1♠ 2NT
♦ A J 10 2 such cards in hearts or clubs may not be. 5♦ 5♥ Dble
♣ A82 Since East has no diamond support and 1♠ was a transfer for clubs and 2NT
values in the unbid suits, he bids 2NT. showed a four-card heart raise. North’s 5♥
West North East South What should West’s 3♦ mean now? It was quite awful, as I see it. His two kings lie
Gitelman Gu Moss Chechelash should be an attempted sign-off, showing
1♦ Pass 1NT Pass outside the long suit and might well be use-
that the reverse was at least partly based on ful in defence. The contract went one down.
2♠ Pass 2NT Pass
3♦ Pass 3NT Pass shape rather than points. As I see it, East
4♦ Pass 5♦ Dble had a clear-cut pass at his third turn. I Awards: 2♦ – 10, 3♦ – 8, 4♦/2NT – 5,
Moss bid 3NT instead and Gitelman’s 3NT – 3, 5♦ – 1.
5. E/W Game. Dealer East. We move next to the 2007 ‘Staatsmei- The defenders cashed their two aces
sterschaft’ in Austria. A straightforward against 6♦ and the blame must surely go to
fourth-suit-forcing sequence carried the East. There is nothing wrong with playing
♠ 8 ♠ K Q 10 9 5 3 auction to 4♦. It was then perfectly reason- six-level responses as showing one key-card
♥ K54 N ♥ 2
W E able for East to cue-bid his singleton con- and a void, but this should not be a void in
♦ A J 10 ♦ KQ9542
♣ Void trol in the unbid heart suit. partner’s main suit! East cannot argue that
West now felt that he had enough for his partner might be queen-high in that suit
Roman Key-card Blackwood. No harm and be delighted to hear of the shortage
West East would have been done if East had respond- opposite. Such a hand is very unlikely
ed 5♦ (one key-card), which West could because it could hardly prompt West to use
2♣ 2♦ then have passed. No, East chose to RKCB.
2♥ 3♦ respond 6♣, which showed one key-card
4♦ 4♥ and a void club. You can imagine the reac- I Awards: 5 ♦ – 10, 4 ♠ – 8, 3NT – 7,
4NT 6♣ tion of Herr Babsch, on hearing this 6♦ – 3, 4NT – 1.
6♦ response. ‘Thank you so much, partner!’
6. N/S Game. Dealer West. deal 5, East then saw fit to jump to the six- Tips to remember
level on the strength of one key-card and a
void club. The king of diamonds was led
and the very poor slam went two down • In response to RKCB a leap to the
♥ A Q J 10 6 ♥ 87532 six-level shows one key card and a
♦ 10 6
♦ AJ32 when the trump finesse lost. side-suit void. Do not make such a
♣ A K J 10 4 ♣ Void East should have described his hand with response unless you are fairly confi-
a splinter bid in clubs, rather than making dent that (a) the void is likely to be
West East a vague general statement. There would useful (it is not in a suit that partner
Cao XL Xue Yong then have been some chance of West diag- has bid) and (b) there are not two
1♥ 2NT nosing the poor fit and staying low. key cards missing in the other suits.
4NT 6♥ I Awards: 4♥ – 10, 5♥ – 7, 6♥ – 3. • When an opponent opens 4♠ and
your partner overcalls 4NT, showing
a two-suiter, it is difficult to bid with
We end at the final of the 2007 Sanya Cup
any accuracy if 4NT is used to cover
in China. Xue Yong responds with a Jacoby both constructive hands and those
2NT, showing (as they play it) at least a ♠♥♦♣
seeking a sacrifice. Except at
game raise in hearts. The success or other- favourable vulnerability, perhaps, it
wise of this method depends entirely on the is best to use 4NT constructively.
continuations available to the partnership. A total score of 28/60 is unimpressive.
West showed a four-card club suit and Either the world’s top players are losing • When the bidding starts 1♣ (or 1♦)
East marked time with 3♥, which hopeless- their touch or some mean-minded English – 1NT, be happy to describe your
ly failed to describe his hand. West contin- Bridge writer is deliberately choosing deals hand with a rebid of 2♠ or 2♥, even
ued with RKCB, assuming his partner that show them to poor advantage. You can though partner cannot have a 4-4 fit
would have some cover in diamonds. As on decide, while I look for some bidding tips. there.
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