4. Love All. Dealer North. Later in the Vanderbilt final, this deal At the other table, Darren Wolpert
arrived. What should the young French (South) preferred to double rather than bid
´ Q63 player, Thomas Bessis, do over South’s 3NT 3NT. Geoff Hampson bid 3t on the West
™ 10 9 8 3 overcall? cards. This was a fit-jump, showing a sound
t J 10 6 5 Some would double, some would pass. raise in spades with a diamond side suit.
´ J982 ´ A 10 7 5 4 Both of these are very risky options when North passed and Eric Greco (East) rebid
N declarer is likely to have seven running club 4´. He played there undoubled, also making
™ K6 ™ AJ752
t A9742 S t Q tricks and a spade stopper. (As it happens, ten tricks.
® J7 ® 10 3
´ K the defenders can beat 3NT by one trick.)
™ Q4 Bessis bid 4´ as a two-way bet. It might n Awards: 4´ (10), 3NT doubled by South
t K83 be a good sacrifice against a successful 3NT; (5), 3NT undoubled by South (4).
it might also be a making contract. This was
easily the best action, as I see it.
West North East South There was no defence against 4´ and
Bessis Diamond Del’Monte Platnick John Diamond put some icing on the oppo-
Pass 1´ 3NT
4´ Dble nents’ cake with a very speculative penalty
5. E/W Game. Dealer West. Next we visit the 5th China Elite Tourna- West would be reluctant not to show a heart
ment (travel costs are much reduced in fit. Nevertheless, he raised to 4™. Well bid!
´ A52 ´ 86 these days of the internet). A 4-4 fit and a There was no particularly hostile lie of the
™ A 10 7 6 N
™ QJ54 point-count of just 13 opposite 9 does not cards and the heart game was made with an
t 9 S t A84 usually produce a good game. Look how the overtrick. At the other table West played in
® AJ864 ® Q753
East-West hands fit, though. Declarer can 1NT, making four clubs and three aces for
afford to lose a spade, a heart and a club and +90. Can you imagine the bidding?
West North East South still make the game. There wasn’t much of it, because West
Hou Wang Sun Shi
1® 1´ Dble 2´
Hou Xu opened a natural 1® and Sun opened 1NT! He was playing Precision
3™ Pass 4™ Miao made a negative double over the 1´ Club, so could not open 1® and did not
overcall. South raised the spades and West fancy opening 2® or 1t. Unlucky.
now had a good hand facing the heart suit
that had strongly been suggested by East’s n Awards: 4™ (10), part-scores (6), 2´ by
double. The 3™ rebid might have been a bit North (3).
of a stretch, from East’s point of view, since
6. E/W Game. Dealer North. you may imagine, since his spades were Tips to remember
worth more than 2 points sitting over the
´ Q 10 7 5 ´ Void spade length. With a three-loser hand • When the opponents bid and
™ 84 N ™ AQ62 Robert Tobing very reasonably bid 6t, hop- support a suit, your partner’s
W E points are likely to be where
t 10 9 6 4 S t AKQJ83 ing that his partner would fill two of the
® AK8 ® Q 10 5 they are most useful: in the
gaps. The ™K was onside and all thirteen
tricks were made. other three suits.
West North East South At the other table East opened with a
Asbi Kamto Tobing Soebroto strong club. South again overcalled 3´ and • When you have a fit for partner
Pass 1t 3´ you should show it, even if the
3NT Pass 6t
West’s 3NT closed the bidding. opponents’ bidding forces you
to bid one level higher than you
n Awards: 6t (10), 7t (8), games (5), 3´ would like.
doubled by S (3).
We end at the Telkom Indonesia Open.
• Be wary of doubling a 3NT
overcall when you have some-
What would you have done on Taufik Asbi’s
where to play on your cards. A
West cards over 3´? Our experts score 55/60, recovering from
7-card solid minor plus a stop-
A double is normally played for take-out. their awful effort in the last issue. An
per in the opener’s suit does not
If you pass, partner will quite often pass too impossible score for you to beat – sorry
leave them far short of making
and you may miss a game. about that – but maybe we can pick up
Asbi bid 3NT. This is not such a stretch as some useful bidding tips.
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