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4. Game All. Dealer East. The deal comes from the round-of-32 in hand types on which East would wish to
the 2007 European Mixed Teams in agree spades as trumps and make a gener-
♠ AK5 Antalya. Sabine Auken opened 1♥ and Ros al slam try.
♥ J987 Wolfarth overcalled 4♣. Zia Mahmood ‘Whatever it means, Zia will pass,’ pre-
♦ K43 decided he had just enough for a negative dicted the BBO commentators. No, he
♣ J 10 7 double at this level and North passed. What looked fondly at the club control and the
♠ 9742 ♠ QJ863
do you think Auken should rebid on her ♦A and bid a slam.
♥ Q 10 ♥ AK6532
♦ 6 cards? ■ Awards: 4♠/4♥ – 10, 5♠ – 8, 5♥ – 6,
♣ 5 ♣ A As I see it, 5♠ is exactly the right move. 4♣(by South)/slams – 1.
♠ 10 With so few losers in her hand, she is too
♥ 4 strong for 4♠ — a bid she would be
♦ 10 8 5
♣ KQ986432 forced to make on a weaker hand con-
taining only four spades.
West North East South What interpretation should Zia put on
Zia Kovachev Auken Wolfarth the leap to 5♠? Had spades already been
1♥ 4♣ agreed, it would have been reasonable to
Dble Pass 5♠ Pass read it as ‘Do you hold a club control?’
6♠ Dble Here it seems to be wrong to put any close
definition on the bid. There are many
5. N/S Game. Dealer East. We move now to the European Open very well. He keeps the door to the slam
Teams, with Lesniewski facing Hungary room open by cue-bidding 4♥. West has
Gamax in the qualifying round robin. no reason to be ashamed of his hand and
♠ K 10 7 6 ♠ AQ9854
♥ KJ873 N ♥ A West responds with a splinter bid of is happy to go past the game-level, cue-
♦ J9753 4♦. His hand is ideal for the bid because bidding 5♣ in return. East then leaps to
♣ A 10 2 ♣ 4 it ‘tells the whole story’. Suppose he held, the slam. Well bid!
say, 15 points instead. A slam would then The auction was similar at the other
West East be possible even if East did not hold a table except that West responded 2♦ (a
Winkler Homonnay particularly good fit. If you responded transfer, showing hearts). East rebid 2♠,
1♠ 4♦ on such a hand and partner signed off denying heart support, and West then
4♦ 4♥ in 4♠, you would be uncertain what to do made the same 4♦ splinter bid. Although
5♣ 6♠ North held all three trumps, both declarers
Look at East’s hand now. Only 11 landed their contract for a shared board.
points, yes, but with a singleton diamond ■ Awards: 6♠ – 10, games – 5, part- scores
opposite he knows that the two hands fit – 1.
6. Love All. Dealer South. Artur Malinowski opened his account Two fine slam sequences at the end
with a take-out double. Nick Sandqvist rescue our experts from an embar-
could have collected heavily from a penalty rassing score. Even so, they manage
only 33 out 60, giving you a fair
♥ 982 pass, but he preferred to respond 1NT.
♦ 752 2♠ from East would doubtless have been chance to beat them. Let’s look for
♣ J842 forcing but Malinowski chose to cue-bid, some tips from the hands.
♠ K8 ♠ A J 10 9 5 2 keeping hearts in the picture. Sandqvist
Q 10 9 8 4
A K 10 4
showed that he was good for his 1NT Tips to remember
response by leaping to 3NT.
♣ K Q 10
The key moment of the auction arrived
• When you have already bid no-
trumps and partner suggests play-
♥ Q53 after East bid 4♠. Sandqvist displayed ing in a minor suit, take his offer
♦ AKJ63 excellent judgement by cue-bidding 5♣,
♣ 973 seriously. Bidding 3NT as a matter
realising that partner had followed a very of course shows a lack of respect
West North East South
strong sequence. This carried the eventu- for your partner.
al silver medal winners to a small slam.
Sandqvist Townsend Malinowski Gold
1♦ Well bid, indeed! • After a start such as 1♠ – 2♠ a
rebid of a new suit at the four-level
Pass Pass Dble Pass To make the slam Malinowski needed is best played as showing the other
1NT Pass 2♦ Pass to pick up the queen of spades. Since half of a big two-suiter. Only on
3NT Pass 4♠ Pass there were only 13 points out, and South
5♣ Pass 5♦ Pass
such a hand could you be contem-
had opened the bidding, Malinowski plating a slam.
5♠ Pass 6♠
played a spade to the eight on the first
round, picking up a 92% score.
• Do not bid Blackwood when you
will still be guessing after the resp-
Two of England’s top pairs met in the ■ Awards: 6♠ – 10, 1♦ (by South), dou- onse. Prefer to consult partner with
final of the European Open Pairs. bled – 9, games – 5. a control-showing cue-bid.
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