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David Bird Bidding problems on page 1 of the pull-out at the centre of the magazine
1. N/S Game. Dealer East. USA-2 faced Sweden in the Bermuda Bowl Blackwood. If West had shown only one
round robin. Dick Freeman’s 3♣ rebid was ace, East would have hoped to survive in
♠ 10 6 5 ♠ AKQJ9 forcing to game and Nick Nickell had a 5♠. West actually showed two aces and the
♥ 6 N ♥ 4 choice of actions on the next round. He excellent slam was reached.
♦ A 10 9 7 S ♦ K5 might have raised the clubs; he might have At the other table, Nystrom (East)
♣ A8432 ♣ K Q J 10 9 given preference to spades. Keeping all opened 1♣, South overcalled 1♥ and
avenues open, he preferred to show his val- Bertheau (West) raised to 3♣. Over North’s
West East ues in diamonds. 4♥, East leapt to 6♣. His method of finding
Nickell Freeman East rebid his club suit and West then out how many aces partner held was to bid
1♠ showed his slam suitability by cue-bidding the slam and wait to see the dummy. Good
1NT 3♣ in hearts, where his singleton acted as a enough on this occasion!
control. North’s double did nothing to
4♥ (Dble) 4NT
5♥ 6♣ dampen East’s slam intentions and he s Awards: 6♠ – 10, 6♣ – 9, games – 4,
decided to bid Roman Key-card 7♣ – 3.
2. Love All. Dealer West. The deal comes from an amazing 16-board spades in the East hand) should give you
match in the Venice Cup round robin, the contract anyway.
where France beat USA-2 by 95 IMPs to18. At the other table North overcalled 2♠,
♥ 75 It has always seemed to me that 1♣ is the East again made a negative double and West
♦ Q 10 6 best opening when you are 4-4 in the passed this out. The 500 penalty brought
♣ 32 minors, since you have a chance to find a fit USA-2 an insufficient reward on the hands.
♠ AJ73 ♠ 6 in either suit. When 1♣ does not promise a (Even if North finds the best lead of a top
♥ 10 ♥ AKQ8
♦ J84 four-card suit, which is common in Strong spade, 6NT can be made on a strip squeeze.
♣ AK75 ♣ Q J 10 8 4 No-trump Land, some players prefer to To keep his diamond guard, North must
♠ 10 9 open 1♦. bare the queen of spades. He can then be
♥ J96432 Bénédicte Cronier launched her hand thrown in with this card to lead away from
♦ 952 the queen of diamonds.)
with a negative double and Sylvie Willard
indicated her strength with a spade cue bid.
West North East South Clubs were agreed as trumps and Cronier s Awards: 7♣ – 10, 6♣ – 7, games – 4,
Willard Eythorsd’r Cronier Pollack bid RKCB, hearing of four key cards. 6NT – 3.
1♦ 1♠ Dble Pass East’s 5NT asked for side-suit kings and
2♠ Pass 3♣ Pass 6♦ named the diamond king. This was
4♣ Pass 4NT Pass sufficiently encouraging for Cronier to bid
5♦ Pass 5NT Pass 7♣. Thirteen tricks were easy with trumps
6♦ Pass 7♣
2-2, but a dummy reversal (ruffing three
3. E/W Game. Dealer West hand? At the other table Ralph Katz opened show and bid 5♠ next. The seconds ticked
1♦ and rebid 3NT over partner’s 1♠, end- by as Sælensminde evaluated his hand. He
♠ Q ♠ AK97654 ing the auction. had both the red suits controlled but only a
♥ KQJ N ♥ 52 Erik Sælensminde preferred an off-beat singleton queen in the trump suit. Still, Zia’s
♦ AK9872 S
♦ J43 2NT. Boye Brogeland had a normal trans- double of the club cue-bid suggested hon-
♣ A J 10 ♣ 6 fer response of 3♥ available. His actual 4♦ ours there. If the club cue-bid had been
showed at least six spades and slam ambi- made on shortage, and East held no red-
West East tions. suit control, his trumps would surely be
The opener, with only one spade, signed excellent.
4♠ 5♣ (Dble) off in 4♠. Brogeland’s suit did not require Sælensminde bravely advanced – bidding
Rdble 5♠ special support and he made one more try 6♦ to offer a choice of slam. Brogeland cor-
6♦ 6♠ with a 5♣ cue-bid. Zia doubled this, rected to 6♠ and Norway won 12 IMPs.
holding ♣K-Q-x-x-x, and Sælensminde
Norway faced USA-1 in the Bermuda Bowl redoubled to show the club ace. s Awards: 6♠ – 10, 6♦ – 8, 6NT – 6,
final. What should you open on that West Brogeland had no red-suit control to games – 4.
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