4. E/W Game. Dealer South. We move now to the European Champion- say that his heart control is first-round rather
ships in Dublin, with Italy facing Russia. than second-round. West cue-bids the ®A and
Lorenzo Lauria does not like to overcall 2t on East then feels he should bid a slam, holding a
´ J 10 3 ´ 2
™ 2 N
™ A73 a five-card suit and passes at his first turn. spade control when partner’s 5® had denied
t J87642 S t AK953 When South’s 2™ runs back to him it is time any control in spades. Impressive as it was to
® A74 ® QJ65 to protect. He cannot double with only one reach a slam after protecting at the two-level,
spade in his hand, so his choice is an Unusual they were too high. Whose fault was it?
West North East South 2NT. West should have borne in mind that East
Versace Gromov Lauria Dubinin Alfredo Versace has only 6 points but with a could not bid over 1™. If East held the ®K
Pass wonderful fit for diamonds, the ace of part- instead of the ®J, he surely would have done.
Pass 1™ Pass 2™ ner’s other suit and a singleton heart, a game
Pass Pass 2NT Pass may still be possible. He responds 4t instead n Awards: 5t (10), part-scores (5), 3NT (4),
4t Pass 4™ Dble
of 3t. 2™ by North (2), 6t (1).
Pass Pass Rdble Pass
5® Pass 6t Pass East cue-bids 4™ and South (who held
Pass Dble ´ 987654 ™ KQ8 t Q ® 1092) doubles for
the lead. After two passes, Lauria redoubles to
5. N/S Game. Dealer West. We remain in Dublin with the multi-national This would give Bulgaria +300 after a high dia-
Monaco team facing Bulgaria. Tor Helness mond lead to request a spade return, followed
uses the Jacoby 2NT to show a game-forcing by a second diamond ruff.
´ 10 ´ Q5
™ AK764 N
™ Q 10 9 5 2 hand with four-card heart support. Helness reconsiders and ‘corrects’ to 6NT.
t K J 10 8 3 2 S t AQ Geir Helgemo’s 3t is natural and shows a South could have led a spade to collect +250,
® 8 ® AKJ9 non-minimum hand. East cannot cue-bid in almost as much as the spoils against 6™ dou-
spades, so he bids a slam-encouraging 3NT. bled. No, he chose a safe (ahem) ™3 and 6NT
West North East South West’s club cue-bid shows controls both in was made with an overtrick.
Helgemo Mihov Helness Karakolev clubs and spades. East then wields RKCB to Note that 6t would have been successful but
1™ Pass 2NT Pass carry the (formerly Norwegian) pair to 6™, there is initially more chance of an adverse ruff
3t Pass 3NT Pass there than in 6™.
the best contract.
4® Pass 4NT Pass
5™ Pass 6™ Dble The auction is not yet over! South, who
Pass Pass 6NT holds ´KJ7642 ™J3 tVoid ®Q10643, makes n Awards: 6™ (10), 6t (8), games (5).
a Lightner Double asking for a diamond ruff.
6. E/W Game. Dealer East. Bompis responds in his longest suit (clubs) Tips to remember
and then rebids spades, to show 5-6 shape.
´ KQ832 ´ A7
When Quantin agrees clubs, Bompis leaps to • An opening bid of 4NT asks part-
ner to identify any ace that he
™ Void N ™ K Q J 10 3
5™. What does that mean? It is Exclusion
holds (5® shows no ace, 5NT two
t K5 Blackwood, asking partner to say how many
S aces and 6® the ®A.)
® K Q J 10 6 5 ® 9874 key-cards he holds outside hearts. East’s two-
step response shows one such key-card and • When partner opens 1NT and
you introduce a minor suit in a
the best contract is reached.
West East Can you believe that the world’s top-ranked game-forcing auction, you show
Bompis Quantin the playing strength to consider
pair, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, now
1™ an eleven-trick game. The opener
2® 2™ of Monaco, ended in 7® doubled?
should not be afraid of raising the
3´ 4® n Awards: 6® (10), 6´/games (5), 7®/6NT minor, even though it will carry
5™ 5NT (1). you beyond 3NT.
´ ™t® • Do not cue-bid controls, suggest-
ing a slam, when partner’s early
Well, I don’t have to apologise for giving you bidding was limited and a slam is
In our last deal from Dublin, France face an impossible target this time. Instead I must unlikely.
Germany. Two aces are missing but a void oppo-
site East’s aceless hearts means that 6® can be
express contrition for the moderate efforts of
our experts, who manage only 37/60. Ah well,
• When instead partner is unlimit-
ed, you should always cue-bid an
made. Let’s see how Jean-Christophe Quantin let’s see if we can pick up some useful bidding ace when this will not raise the
and Marc Bompis manage this situation. tips. level of the contract. r
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