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1.love All. Dealer South . Although some players would have raised to 4´, with ´Q-x-x

and an ace, I am not inclined to blame East for missing the game.

Look at that West hand. He will have a good chance of game

facing ´Q-x-x and nothing else! As I see it, he is too strong for

a 3´ overcall and should start with a take-out double instead. If

East responds 3™, he can continue with 3´ to show a powerful

hand. Whether East chooses to respond 3NT to the double or

to pass for penalties, East-West would have scored satisfactorily.

Many Wests would have Leaping Michaels at their disposal: 4t

to show diamonds and a major.

A final instructive point from the deal was that Roberts had

opened 3® in first seat on: ´975 ™J62 t9 ®KQJ962. Don't

think 'That was brave of him'. It is normal bridge! On such a

hand you expect to make five tricks if clubs are trumps and

probably zero tricks if the opponents play the contract. That

points towards pre-emptive action. At the other table South

passed, allowing England's Tom Paske and Shivam Shah an easy

route to 4´.

n Awards: 4´ (10), 3NT (9), 3® by South doubled (7), partials

(3).

2.E/W Game. Dealer East.

´ 7 5 4 ´ A J 10

™ J 8 5 2 ™ 6

t K Q J 4 3 t A 10 7 6

® J ® A K Q 7 2

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key bid of the auction. Although 3t would have been forcing,

Forrester chose to bid 4t to show his excellent trumps. Quite

rightly, Robson expected five-card support for such a leap.

Visualizing plenty of tricks in the two minors, he bid Roman

Key-card Blackwood. The 5® 1430 response showed one keycard

(the tK). There was no bidding space to check on the tQ

but Robson liked the odds of partner holding this card (after the

4t bid). There would be some chance of the queen dropping if

the defenders held it. Clubs divided 4-3, so only one heart ruff

was required to make the slam.

The auction at the other table was less effective:

West East

Padon Hoftaniska

1™ 2t

3t 3NT

5t

The vital spark of Forrester's 4t bid was missing.

n Awards: 6t (10), 5t (6), 3NT (4).

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´ A K J 3 2 ´ Q 8 4

™ A 10 ™ 9 7 5

t A K 6 4 2 t J 5 3

® 4 ® A 10 8 7

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WE start at the 2015 Junior Camrose, with England

facing Northern Ireland. Alex Roberts

opens 3® for England and East-West then miss

their excellent spade game. Who is to blame?

The general guidance when bidding against

a three-level pre-empt is to assume that partner

holds around 8 points. When Phil Adams overcalled

3´, Luke Taylor reckoned that he held no

more than partner would expect and passed.

Next we will take two deals from the 2015

Lederer Trophy, which again attracted a splendid

international field. The England Open team

won handsomely and this is an example of their

fine slam bidding. Tony Forrester's 1t response

is a transfer, showing four or more hearts. Andrew

Robson reversed to 2t and now came the

West North East South

Adams Paul Taylor Roberts

West East

Forrester Robson

1t 2t

4t 4NT

5® 6t

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