Bidding Quiz by David Bird
Beat Today’s Experts
Answers to Problems on Page 31
1. Game All. Dealer West. WE START at the final of the National well hold six spades. Despite a very helpful
Open Teams in Canberra. As you can see, lead from North (the ™J from J-x), 4´ went
´ J9432 ´ K86 4´ is too high on those values. Who is to one down. At the other table Ron Klinger
™ A 10 2 N ™ Q65
W E blame, do you think? and Matt Mullamphy bid 1´ – 2® – 2t –
t KQ t A987 2´, where responder’s 2® showed any hand
S With eight losers and five trumps to the
® Q 10 7 ® K83
jack, West does not have much of a hand for in the game-try range (2t would show any
West East opening 1´ and rebidding 2´. As I see it, he game-forcing hand). Klinger’s 2t rebid
Thomson Newman should open 1NT (if playing a weak no- indicated a minimum opening and they
1´ 2t trump) or rebid 2NT (if playing a strong stopped safely in 2´.
no-trump). Another possibility is for East
to raise to just 3´ at his second turn, but n Awards: 2´ (10), 3´/2NT (8), 3NT (5),
this would be a bit timid when partner may 4´ (3).
2. N/S Game. Dealer East. We stay at the 2012 NOT final for this control, Robinson elected to sign off in 5t
potential slam deal. West bid ‘fourth suit and the slam was missed.
forcing’ and then had to find a bid over As I see it, West was to blame. It’s all too
´ QJ9 ´ A43
™ AK75 N ™ Void partner’s 3t. At the other table West raised easy to tell your team-mates afterwards: ‘We
t QJ76 S t A K 10 9 4 3 to 4t and the slam was easily reached. might have been missing two top clubs.’ Is
® J4 ® A653 (Declarer can discard two spades on the that at all likely, though, when partner bids
™A-K and ruff two clubs). 4t over 3NT? It is very much more likely
West East Partner would sometimes be forced to that he has a club control and that your
Robinson de Livera
1t bid 3t on a moderate 2-2-5-4 hand and super-fit for partner’s six-card diamond suit
1™ 2® here Ian Robinson bid just 3NT at his third will yield an easy twelve tricks.
2´ 3t turn. When Arjuna de Livera ‘came again’ On such deals you have to bid the slam ‘on
3NT 4t with 4t, he showed a good hand. Robinson values’, as they say.
5t co-operated with a 4™ cue bid and heard 4´
from partner. What now? With no club n Awards: 6t (10), games (5), grands (1).
3. E/W Game. Dealer North. Bertens doubles. What do you think this North held ´J ™8653 tA65 ®KQ1094
double means? opposite South’s ´9874 ™AKQJ74 t3 ®72.
´ AKQ6 ´ 10 5 3 2 It is not a penalty double. It shows high- At the other table, after the same start of
™ 2 N ™ 10 9
W E card points and what is generally described Pass – Pass - 4™ – Dble, North redoubled.
t 10 7 4 2 S t KQJ98
as ‘preparedness for spades’. The doubler What do you make of that?
® AJ83 ® 65
will usually hold four spades. Of course, if As I see it, the redouble was foolish. We
West North East South he has something like 18 points and 3-2-4-4 will never know whether East would have
Bertens Paulissen Westra Jansma shape, he will have to double with only found the winning action without such
Pass Pass 4™ three spades. So the big question is: what assistance. After the redouble it was obvious
Dble All Pass
action should Berry Westra take in the East to bid 4´. This would have gone only one
seat? Should he bid 4´ or take his chances down but North rescued a few IMPs by
in defence? advancing to 5™ for +450.
It’s a close decision, perhaps, and Westra
This deal is from the final of the Nether- decided to pass. Only the two black aces n Awards: 4´ (10), 5t (8), 4™ by South (6),
lands Cup, an event similar to our Gold could be scored and a doubled overtrick 4™ Doubled by South (4), 5´ (3).
Cup. Jan Jansma opens 4™ and Huub gave the opponents +690.
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