June 2015 English Bridge
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
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
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:
The vital spark of Forrester's 4t bid was missing.
n Awards: 6t (10), 5t (6), 3NT (4).
Beat Today's Experts by David Bird
Answers to Problems on Page 33
´ 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
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