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´ J 7

™ K 9 3 2

t J 7

® 10 9 8 7 5

´ A K 10 9 5 4 ´ 8 6 3

™ 10 5 ™ Q J

t A K Q 10 8 t 9 6 5 3 2

® - ® A 4 3

´ Q 2

™ A 8 7 6 4

t 4

® K Q J 6 2

3. Love All. Dealer West Demuy's 5® was Exclusion Blackwood and it seems that

the Americans had a misunderstanding on the responses

that were being played. There is less space available than

over a 4NT RKCB. It therefore makes good sense to play

straight Blackwood responses, with the first step indicating

no keycards outside clubs. Demuy apparently read 5t as

showing one such keycard (the ™A).

Despite the void-showing 5® bid, McIntosh led the

®10. Away went one of declarer's heart losers and the 2-2

trump break then gave Demuy his very poor slam.

West North East South

Black O Rimstedt P Bertheau M Rimstedt

1´ Pass 2´ 2NT

4´ All Pass

South's 2NT showed hearts and a minor. Black then

chose to rebid just 4´. He might instead have bid 4®,

seeking a control-bid in hearts. North led the ™2 to the ace

and South switched to the ®K. It was 480 for E/W and 11

IMPs to Hurd.

Awards: 4´ (10), 5´ (6), 6´ (3).

4. E/W Game. Dealer North

As the cards lie, only a diamond lead can beat the slam.

Martens was able to double the RKCB 5t response and

South then led the tJ. Declarer won with dummy's ace,

crossed to the ´J and finessed the ®J. Martens won with the

ace and cashed the tK for one down.

Let's return to the bidding. It was not a good slam and I

think that East did too much. First of all, his hand seems

perfect for a vulnerable weak jump overcall of 2´. Over the

chosen 1´ overcall, West showed a giant hand with his first

three bids. Was Hult worth his 4NT, though? I think 4´ was

nearer the mark.

West's redouble of the 5t RKCB response showed the

tA, yes, but it also increased the chance that a diamond

lead from South would be productive. It seems to me that

East should have bid just 5´ next. Well, I am a cautious

fellow and you may disagree with me.

Awards: 4´ (10), 5´ (9), 6´ (5). Cont/...

West North East South

Demuy McIntosh Hurd King

1´ Pass 2´ 3®

5® Pass 5t Pass

6´ All Pass

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W E

S

´ 5

™ Q 7 4 3 2

t K 8 5 4

® A 9 3

´ K 10 ´ A Q J 9 4 3

™ A K ™ J 6 5

t A Q 7 2 t 9 6 3

® K J 8 5 4 ® 6

´ 8 7 6 2

™ 10 9 8

t J 10

® Q 10 7 2

West North East South

Ekenberg Martens Hult Filipowicz

1™ 1´ Pass

2® Pass 2´ Pass

3t Pass 3´ Pass

4™ Pass 4NT Pass

5t Dble Pass Pass

Redble Pass 6´ All Pass

N

W E

S

The hotly-contested Swiss Pairs, held at the Lambourne Jersey Congress in

early May, was won by Mike Bull & Graham Horscroft (pictured), just ahead of

Dan McIntosh & Rune Hauge. It was a double victory for Mike Bull & Graham

Horscroft who also won the Swiss Teams playing with Andrew Thompson and

Mike Walsh. Denis Talbot, Kathy Talbot, Helen Lawton-Smith, John Slater

came second. Other results can be found on www.ebu.co.uk/results/741

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