40 English Bridge June 2019 www.ebu.co.uk
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.
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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!
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
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
P Bertheau Black
´ 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
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