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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.

® 62

´ 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

W E

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).

® AKQ9854

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

double.

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

W E

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.

´ ™t®

• 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.

3NT. r

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