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4. N/S Game. Dealer East. series of Naturalists v Scientists encounters. 3♥ showed a heart stopper, on the face of it.
I remember the third such match, back in When he continued with 4♣, both that bid
♠ AQ ♠ KJ964 1992, because Reese and I wrote a book on and the previous 3♥ took on the mantle of
♥ 8 it in just seven days. cue-bids.
♦ AK82 S ♦ J 10 4 On that occasion the Naturalists were The RKCB 4NT discovered one key-card
♣ K97 ♣ AQ83
Forrester-Robson and Branco-Chagas, and the 5♥ follow-up asked for the trump
captained by Demetri Marchessini. The queen, 6♦ denying this card. With the
West East Scientists fielded two strong-club pairs: hearts underprotected, it was right to play
Gold Hallberg Meckstroth-Rodwell and Hamman-Wolff. in one of the seven-card fits, rather than in
Here, the Naturalists (again captained by
3♥ 3NT Marchessini) were rubber bridge players At the other table, the Naturalist East
4♣ 4♦ from the Portland Club. The Scientists rather surprisingly declined to open.
4NT 5♦ were world-class duplicate players, it’s true, Andrew Robson opened a multi 2♦ on the
5♥ 6♦ but they were not playing particularly sci- South cards and West doubled. East
entific systems. responded 4♠ and there the bidding rested.
Still, it was interesting enough to watch.
The deal comes from a match that was On this deal Gunnar Hallberg did well by s Awards: 6♠ – 10, 6♦/6♣ – 9, 6NT – 8,
rather over-described as the fourth in the raising partner’s diamonds. David Gold’s games – 5, grands – 3.
5. E/W Game. Dealer West. ships. Madala’s 2♦ response was game- East cue-bid in clubs and West now
forcing. This is an increasingly popular signed off. Can you believe that the bidding
method worldwide, even though it can to this point was identical at both tables?
♠ AKJ987 ♠ Q4 become awkward to show extra values The other East passed 5♦ and eleven tricks
♥ K3 N ♥ 85
W E below the game-level. were made when a heart was led through
♦ 10 8 7 3 ♦ AKQJ94
♣ A85 What should Sementa (West) say at his the king to the awaiting ace-queen.
third turn? He wants to agree diamonds Here, Madala continued with 5♠, which
and many players would simply bid 4♦. drew an appreciative ‘Bella licita di Madala!’
West East How much better it is to show a club con- from an Italian online commentator.
Sementa Madala (‘Great bid from Madala!’) No doubt 5♠
trol at the same time, by bidding 4♣!
2♠ 3♦ When West cue-bid 4♥ at his next turn, was intended as forcing, and offering
4♣ 4♦ North doubled for a heart lead and East another denomination — one that would
4♥ (Dble) Pass passed to allow his partner to clarify the protect the ♥K from the opening lead.
4♠ 5♣ nature of his heart control. With first- Great bid or not, Sementa decided to pass
5♦ 5♠ round control, West would have redou- and the top spot was missed.
bled. His actual cue-bid in another suit
This difficult bidding hand arose in the indicated that the heart control was s Awards: 6NT/6♠/6♦(W) – 10, 6NT/
semi-finals of the 2007 Italian Champion- second-round. 6♠/6♦(E) – 7, games – 5.
6. Game All. Dealer West. responded 1♦, to show hearts. His 3♥ Tips to remember
rebid promised a solid heart suit and 3♠
was then a cue-bid. When this was doubled
Q J 10 6
A K Q J 10 3 by North, Townsend’s redouble promised • When the opponents double a cue-
bid, the next player can redouble to
♦ K 10 3 2 S ♦ A first-round control. RKCB, with a two-ace show first-round control. He may
♣ AQ9764 ♣ 10 3 response, then carried the pair to 6♥. Well also pass, to allow his partner to
bid! clarify the nature of the control
West East At the other table Rosen and Jones were held. A redouble by the cue-bidder
Townsend Gold less successful with a natural auction: 1♣ – will show first-round control.
1♣ 1♦ 1♥ – 2♣ – 2♠ – 2NT – 4♥.
2♣ 3♥ s Awards: 6♥ – 10, 6NT – 7, 6♣ – 6,
3♠ (Dble) Pass games – 5, grands – 2. • When you wish to agree partner’s
Rdble 4NT rebid suit, do not miss the opportu-
5♥ 6♥ nity to agree it with a cue-bid, there-
by saving bidding space.
We will end at the second weekend of the • Consider using four-level responses
trials to select the England open team for Our experts have performed royally, accu- to 2NT as transfer bids, showing
the next European championships. mulating the fine total of 53/60. If you and slam interest and at least a six-card
Many top pairs nowadays use transfer your partner managed to beat that score, suit. 4♣ and 4♦ show hearts and
responses to an opening bid of 1♣. Tom well, I’ll take your word for it! Let’s look for spades, respectively. 4♥ and 4♠
Townsend opened 1♣ and David Gold duly some bidding tips. show clubs and diamonds.
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