June 2015 English Bridge
´ 9 ´ A J
™ A Q 4 3 2 ™ 10 6
t Q J 5 4 t A 10
® 8 6 3 ® A K Q J 9 7 5
5.game All. Dealer East.
On this deal Wales face England. What should you open on that
If you open just 1®, you will find it hard to catch up. The
hand is much too strong for a 3® rebid and neither a fake reverse
nor a 3NT rebid will get the job done. Quite rightly both
John Salisbury (for Wales) and 'Tosh' McIntosh (for England)
opened 2®. Mike Tedd responded 2™, showing a suit worth
mentioning. He bid his diamond suit next and then showed club
support. Three cue-bids followed. What should Tedd say over
4´? Perhaps you think that 5´ (showing second-round spade
control) is an overbid? I like the bid! Remember that it denies
second-round control in either red suit. It may be just what partner
wants to hear.
McIntosh and Bakhshi bid: 2® - 2™ - (2´) - 3® - (3´) - 4´
- 6® to flatten the board.
n Awards: 6® (10), 5®/3NT (6), 4NT/7® (4).
´ A J 10 9 7 5 ´ Void
™ K 8 ™ A 3
t 10 6 t A K Q J 9 8 4 2
® K 8 7 ® A 4 3
6.love All. Dealer East.
Wales face Scotland in their crucial last match.
Scotland's John Matheson responds 3® to show
four controls (one ace and two kings). It was
then a matter of simple arithmetic for Iain Sime
to lift all the remaining bidding cards from his
box! The auction was less impressive at the other
West North East South
Kurbalija Stephens Shields Morgan
2t Pass 3t Pass
Pass 3™ (!) 6t
For Wales, Patrick Shields opened only 1t (a
mistake, as I see it) and Filip Kurbalija's 2t
showed a Weak Two in an unspecified major -
quite a strong one, as you see. You would expect the partnership
to know whether 3t was then forcing. Rescue was at hand when
the Scotland North protected with 3™ on ´632 ™QJ6542 t7
®QJ9. How horrified he must have been when East promptly
bid 6t! Wales still lost 11 IMPs, which may well have cost them
victory in the event.
n Awards: 7NT (10), 7t (9), 6NT (5), 6t (4), games (1), 3t
´ ™ t ®
Our experts score 48/60, giving you some chance to match them.
Perhaps we can extract some worthwhile bidding tips
• Assume your partner holds around 8 HCP when opponents
open at the three level.
• Suppose partner overcalls a 3® opening with 3™ or 3´.
When you hold 6-8 points and no special trump support,
consider carefully whether you should bid game. You may
hold no more than he expected.
• Be wary of playing for penalties at adverse vulnerability
when you have a likely game your way ─ particularly
when you have a good fit for partner's suit. r
NATIONAL PAIRS FINAL
Phil Godfrey - James Thrower (both Yorkshire) have won the National Pairs. Krzysztof Ginda - Mark
Hooper (both Dorset) were second, with Waseem Naqvi - Tony Waterlow (both Middlesex) third.