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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

KJ ♣

♠ AQJ3 ♠ 764 has denied four spades with his 1NT for 1100 but escaped for 500.

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♥ 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

♣ AK5432

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♣ 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

Babsch Bieder

ed 5♦ (one key-card), which West could because it could hardly prompt West to use

1♠

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

♠ 10

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♠ KJ83

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

W

S

E

♦ 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.

3♣ 3♥

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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