4. E/W Game. Dealer West. their Premier League in effect. suit. Nicolas Roussel then bid a fast-arrival
What rebid would you choose on the 5® to show no interest in a slam. Jean-
´ QJ9 ´ 10 4 West cards? In Acol a jump shift by the Christophe Quantin (North) was not
™ A N ™ QJ654 opener (such as 3® here) is forcing to game. pressed to find a spade lead from ´K-8-5-2
t AKJ854 S
t 9 It is a common mistake among inexperi- and the defenders scored the first three tricks.
® K 10 4 ® QJ963
enced players to make such a rebid just West should have rebid either 2NT or 3t.
because they hold 17 or 18 points. You can- At the other table Fantoni and Nunes fol-
West East not guarantee game on most such hands lowed an artificial sequence to 3NT and
Laffineur Roussel and should look for a game-invitational bid were somewhat fortunate to make this con-
3® 5® instead. Alternatively, you can rebid at the tract when spades broke 4-4 and South held
minimum level in a new suit, which partner tQ-7-2.
will rarely pass.
Next we see a deal from the final of the Here Guy Laffineur not only forced to n Awards: Part-scores (10), 3NT (6), 5® (3).
French Division Nationale, the climax of game with 3®, he did so on a three-card
5. Game All. Dealer East. days usually played as forcing to game. (It and led a club, the defenders scoring two
makes little sense to bid it on 10 or 11 points black-suit tricks.
´ A65 ´ 10 2 with no fit anywhere and no stopper in the There was actually a play for the slam, even
™ 52 N ™ A K Q 10 8 unbid suit. Such hands are poor value for after a spade lead. Can you spot it? If North
t AK7 W E t Q J 10 9 4
S their point-count and should be bid as if they holds three trumps and J-x-x-x in hearts, you
® KQJ93 ® 5
contained a couple of points fewer). can draw two rounds of trumps, finesse the
When Miklos Dumbovich rebid his dia- ™10 and discard dummy’s spade losers on
West East monds, Szots bid 4t. Not only did this agree your heart suit. A spade ruff followed by the
Szots Dumbovich diamonds, it was also Roman Key-card concession of a club trick would allow you to
Blackwood. According to the local commen- draw the last trump and enjoy the thirteenth
2´ 3t tator, 4NT ‘shows one key-card and that he heart. The cards did not lie in this fashion but
4t 4NT likes his hand’. West’s 5® asked for the trump it would have been good to see declarer head
5® 5™ queen, East’s 5™ showing that card and the for this chance.
™K. At the other table North made a lead-
It was not a good hand for the Blackwood directing double over 2´, which made it
Moving rapidly on, we will watch a board at sledgehammer and 6t was speedily dis- somewhat easier for East-West to stop in 5t.
the Hungarian Championships. Gabor Szots patched by a lead in the unbid spade suit.
bids 2´, fourth-suit forcing, which is nowa- Declarer simply drew trumps in three rounds n Awards: Games (10), 6t (6), 6™ (3).
6. Love All. Dealer West. Fiona Brown’s 2® was forcing to game. Tips to remember
Susan Stockdale bid her hearts, rather than
´ AQ876 ´ K raise clubs immediately, and Brown’s 3® • Play ‘fourth suit forcing’ as forc-
ing to game.
™ Q972 ™ K J 10 showed a fifth club. Stockdale agreed clubs
t KQ86 and after two cue-bids, 4NT asked for key- • Do not make a game-forcing
® K643 ® AQ985 jump shift rebid (such as 1t –
cards. 5NT showed two key-cards (the ´A
1´ – 3®) just because you hold
and ®K) plus a ‘useful void’. In this way the
West East excellent small slam in clubs was reached
Stockdale Brown despite the opponents holding two aces. Well • Do not redouble a high contract
1´ 2® that you expect to make unless
bid! South led the ™A and declarer could
you are happy to double any
4® 4t draw trumps, discard three diamonds and
retreat by the opponents.
4´ 4NT ruff one.
5NT 6® • Do not chicken out of bidding a
slam solely because it is possible
n Awards: 6® (10), games (6).
that there are two top losers
Our experts have produced an embarrassing- somewhere. If there was no
ly moderate performance. I’d better look for space to cue-bid satisfactorily
some top-class pair who are likely to hit the Our experts score only 31/60 and I apolo- and it is likely that partner con-
bull’s-eye on our final hand. Ah, I see that the gize on their behalf. Do not expect immedi- trols the relevant suit, bid the
heavily-medalled England Women’s Team are ate international call-up if you managed to slam ‘on values’. Partner will
playing in the NEC Cup in Yokohama City. beat their total. Let’s look for some useful understand if they then cash an
One of their pairs will do nicely! bidding tips. ace-king! r
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