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objective was to locate a 4-4 spade fit, opposite some strong

balanced hand, he would have responded 1´ in the first

place. As I see it, West should rate his hand as good for

playing in diamonds. Every card (except possibly for the

®Q) will be pulling its weight. West should therefore bid

4t instead of 3NT. After a spade control-bid from East, the

excellent slam would be reached.

West East

O Rimstedt M Rimstedt

2t 2™

2´ 3´

3NT 4NT

6t

West's 2t indicated 18-19 balanced and 2™ showed spades.

The 2´ rebid denied four spades (he would bid 2NT with

four) and East's 3´ then showed four spades and five

diamonds. When East valued his hand more strongly than

Birman had, making a general slam try, West jumped to 6t.

Awards: 6NT by W (10), 6t (9), NT games (5), 6™/5t (4).

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RKCB immediately. When partner showed the black aces

but no ™Q, he continued with 5NT. This is a side-suit king

ask, yes, but it also conveys the information - normally -

that all six keycards are held. Bertheau was quite right to

jump to 7™, expecting his diamond suit to provide extra

tricks. Black corrected to no trumps, as had always been his

intention, and by this inventive route the par contract was

reached. Well done!

West East

Hurd Demuy

1t 1™

2™ 2´

3® 3´

4® 4t

4´ 6NT

Here Demuy did seek further information on the West

hand but eventually gave up with a jump to 6NT.

Awards: 7NT (10), 7t (9), 6NT (5), 6t (4), games (1).

by David Bird

ANSWERS TO PROBLEMS ON PAGE 22

This time all our deals will come from the

2019 Cavendish in Monte Carlo. What

should Winkler bid at his third turn, do you

think?

When East bids in this fashion, showing

the diamonds, he must be prepared for the

opener to show diamond support. If his only

´ A ´ K Q J 8

™ 10 5 3 ™ A K 8 7

t K Q 7 6 3 t A J 8

® A 10 3 2 ® K 4

N

W E

S

West East

P Bertheau Black

1t 1™

2™ 4NT

5™ 5NT

7™ 7NT

´ Q 10 5 ´ A K J 8

™ A K Q 3 ™ 10 7 4

t Q 8 6 t K J 10 3 2

® A Q 3 ® 10

N

W E

S

West East

Winkler Birman

1® 1t

2NT 3´

3NT

At both tables, West raised the hearts at his

second turn. Most pairs would then have

some artificial continuation (often 2NT) to

seek further information, in particular to

discover whether West holds four hearts or

three. Black surprised the kibitzers by using

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