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June 2019 English Bridge

www.ebu.co.uk

TAKE THE YOUNG CHELSEA BIDDING CHALLENGE

L

ondon-based Young Chelsea Bridge Club has

launched a monthly bidding quiz which is

open to all players, regardless of where they

live. There are even prizes to be won!

Everyone can benefit from this Bidding Quiz,

regardless of expertise. Once the deadline has

passed you can see the views from a panel of experts

which comprises 20 international players from the

UK and abroad. To name but a few - you'll get

commentary from Sally Brock, Paula Leslie, Phillip

Alder and Phil King.

Let's take a look at one of the six boards that was

part of the quiz from March this year:

IMPS) at the table and provides additional ranking

for participants. Here the best practical bid was 5™

(exclusion Blackwood) which allows you to bid this

great 6´ slam as partner's hand was:

´ Q 5 4 2

™ -

t A K Q 4 2

® K J 10 2

´ K J 10 8 7

™ J 10 3 2

t 7

® A Q 7

Love All. Dealer West. IMP Scoring

West North East South

1™ 1´ Pass ?

System information:

2™ = Cue

3®/3t = Natural + fit

4™ = Splinter

4®/4t = most play splinter

2NT = natural unless you state otherwise

This board produced no fewer than nine different

answers from the panel! A cue-bid of 2™ (6 votes),

a splinter 4™ (5 votes), and a 3t (fit bid) attracted

most votes from the experts and the top theoretical

scores of 100, 95 and 90 respectively. Also provided

is a 'practical score' representing the likely gain (in

In reality the slam was missed at most tables.

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAID

Phillip Alder: 3t. 'I like fit-jumps. Here, a 4™

splinter would leave partner no room. Over 3t, if

he signs off in 3´, I can control-bid 4™.

Sally Brock: 2NT. 'We have always played 2NT as

a 4-card limit raise (stronger than 3™ which is

mixed) but we have just agreed (after a very

similar problem) that if partner is going to bid

game he must bid 3NT in case I have a real slam

try.'

Phil King: 2™. 'Complicated. I usually prefer a

more direct approach but splintering

immediately is unlikely to help. We have the boss

suit so let's start low.'

Paula Leslie: 2™. 'Keeps the bidding low so gives

partner more room if they have a good hand.'

If you would like to have a go at the latest quiz

you just need to register at ycbc.co.uk/quiz.

The YCBC Quiz is provided by

Bridgechallenge.com - a free site which has other

bridge conundrums and a portal for you to

upload a challenging board for others to try.

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