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´ 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.

N

W E

S

West East

Tedd Salisbury

2™ 3®

3t 3NT

4® 4t

4™ 4´

5´ 6®

On this deal Wales face England. What should you open on that

East hand?

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.

N

W E

S

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

table:

West North East South

Kurbalija Stephens Shields Morgan

1t Pass

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

(0).

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Our experts score 48/60, giving you some chance to match them.

Perhaps we can extract some worthwhile bidding tips

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

West East

Matheson Sime

3® 7NT

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.

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