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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.

N

♥ Q 10 ♥ AK6532

♦ AQJ972

W E

♦ 6 cards? ■ Awards: 4♠/4♥ – 10, 5♠ – 8, 5♥ – 6,

S

♣ 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-

♦ 6

W E

♦ J9753 4♦. His hand is ideal for the bid because bidding 5♣ in return. East then leaps to

S

♣ 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

next.

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

♠ 743

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

J76

Q 10 9 8 4

W

N

E

A K 10 4

showed that he was good for his 1NT Tips to remember

S

response by leaping to 3NT.

♣ A65

♠ Q6

♣ 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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