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1. Game All. Dealer West. The deal comes from the 2007 Poland in a more sensible direction.
Grand Prix. West’s 1♦ opening shows at A small slam in diamonds is virtually
♠ K9732 least five diamonds in the Polish Club sys- cold, after North’s 1♠ overcall, because the
♥ Q9 tem, since they open a Polish 1♣ on other spade finesse is a near certainty. Meanwhile,
♦ 83 12-14 balanced hands. Stainislaw Golebiowski risked the indignity
♣ AK97 East was forced to double at his first turn,
♠ QJ4 ♠ A 10 8
of going down in 3NT. Tadeusz Makaruk
♥ A3 N
♥ KJ754 since a bid of 2♥ would have been non- (North) did indeed lead the ace, king and
♦ AJ542 S ♦ K Q 10 6 forcing (a method known as ‘negative free nine of clubs to South’s queen.
♣ J64 ♣ 10 bids’). He showed his strength with a bid in Unbelievably (perhaps a large zloty note
♠ 65 the enemy suit and then indicated his dia- changed hands) South then switched to a
♥ 10 8 6 2
mond support. What should West do now?
♦ 97 spade, allowing West to record +630. This
♣ Q8532 Even though it was a Pairs event, I regard will not affect the generosity of my award
West’s 3NT bid as poor. West had already for 3NT as a contract.
West North East South bid no-trumps twice and his partner would ■ Awards: 6 ♦ – 10, 5 ♦ – 7, 4 ♥ – 5,
Golebiowski Makaruk Starkowski Niedzielski not bother to show his diamond fit unless 3NT – 2.
1♦ 1♠ Dble Pass it might be worthwhile (even at Pairs) to
1NT Pass 2♠ Pass play in that denomination.
2NT Pass 3♦ Pass
West should have cooperated with 3♥,
which would have steered the partnerhsip
2. Love All. Dealer East. Bermuda Bowl and for the Pacific/Asian also missing the ♣A, known to be a useful
championships. Somewhat worryingly card.
♠ AKJ862 ♠ 10
for the authorities, perhaps, the Bermuda Nevertheless, East deemed that his values
♥ Q N
♥ K J 10 8 7 5 4 Bowl team lost by 209-91. were insufficient to advance – a pessimistic
♦ A8 S ♦ KJ3 A small slam in hearts (or no-trumps) assessment. West could hardly be missing
♣ K Q 10 7 ♣ A5 is almost cold, as you see. The first four the ♣A and hold only a low singleton in
bids were the same at both tables. Bruce hearts. This was the other auction:
Neill, for the Bermuda Bowl team, then West East
bid just 3♥. What should West say next? Gosney Gill
1♥ A cue-bid of 4♦ might work well. East 1♠ 2♥
1♠ 2♥ could perhaps then justify bidding RKCB, 3♣ 4♥
3♣ 3♥ finding two aces and the trump queen. 4NT 5♥
Richard Jedrychowski actually chose to 6♥
bid 5♥, a general slam try. From East’s East’s 4♥ achieved its purpose, showing
The deal comes from a challenge match point of view, this could not simply be good hearts.
between the Australian open teams for the asking for good trumps, since West was ■ Awards: 6NT/6♥ – 10, games – 6, 6♠ – 4.
3. Love All. Dealer West. Next we visit the final of the Central Amer- after 1♥ – 4♥? Clarke’s choice of Black-
ican and Caribbean Bridge Federation wood was poor. The present East hand gives
♠ 10 ♠ Q42
Zonal Championships, where the prize at a slam, yet does not contain the missing
♥ A K Q 10 6 N ♥ J9874 stake was a place in the 2007 Bermuda ace. Give East the ♠A and ♣J-x-x and
♦ A4 S ♦ K76 Bowl. there would be little play for a slam.
♣ A9873 ♣ K5 The eventual winners, Trinidad & After 1♥ – 2♥, or 1♥ – 3♥, some pairs
Tobago, sat East-West facing Guadeloupe. play that four of a new suit shows the other
West East David Clarke opened 1♥ and Roger half of a big two-suiter. Responder can then
Clarke Vieira Vieira had the first decision, Should he bid a slam with such as K-x in the second
1♥ 4♥ respond 3♥ or 4♥? With two kings in the suit. If 5♣ had such a meaning here, that
hand, I prefer 3♥. A response of 4♥ tends would be ideal. Otherwise West should cue-
to suggest a hand with a singleton. bid 4♠.
What would you say on the West hand ■ Awards: 6♥ – 10, 5♥/4♥ – 4.
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