Bidding Quiz by David Bird
Beat Today’s Experts
Answers to Problems on Page 31
1. N/S Game. Dealer West. OUR FIRST deal is from the English Premier might still be good if partner could summon
League and features a pair who were part of belated spade support. No, Osborne bid 3NT.
´ 4 ´ AKJ763 England’s bronze-medal winning mixed What now?
™ AJ4 N ™ KQ3 team in the Poznan European Open. Hinden had started with a great hand but
t 10 7 2 S t AQ85 Several expert pairs use transfer respons- it had steadily devalued during the bidding.
® AQ7653 ® Void Her void in partner’s main suit was no asset
es to 1® nowadays and Frances Hinden’s
1™ response showed a spade suit. Graham whatsoever. In addition, it seemed that part-
Osborne Hinden Osborne’s 2® response not only showed ner was very short in spades. With com-
1® 1™ extra club length, it also denied three-card mendable discipline, she passed 3NT. This
2® 2t spade support. 2t was natural and forcing was worth 11 IMPs when the contract at the
2NT 3´ (as it would be in a normal 1® – 1´ – 2® – other table was 6´ down two.
2t auction). West’s 2NT rebid suggested a
minimum hand with a heart stopper. n Awards: 3NT (10), 4´ (9), 5´/4NT (6),
Hinden bid her spades again, since a slam small slams (3).
2. N/S Game. Dealer West. Next we visit the final of the Italian Team per. Bocchi then completed a fine auction by
Championships. Maestro Benito Garozzo, bidding 5t.
still playing magnificent bridge at the age of The play was interesting. Garozzo, who held
´ 86 ´ AQ94
™ A864 N ™ Q 10 9 84, opened 1® and Norberto Bocchi dou- ´KJ105 ™J53 t 3 ®AKQ87, began with two
t Q J 10 8 5 2
t AK97 bled. What should West respond? top clubs. Madala ruffed the second club,
® 9 ® 10 3 I like Agustin Madala’s 2t response. This finessed the ´Q and played the ´A. After ruff-
suggests around 8-11 points, but he can add a ing a spade high, he crossed to a trump and
West North East South point or two for his six-card diamond suit ruffed dummy’s last spade high. He then drew
Madala Garozzo Bocchi Cima and the singleton in the opener’s suit. the last trump and claimed the contract, say-
Pass 1® Dble Pass Bocchi’s 3® showed extra values and asked ing that he would run the ™Q. If North won,
2t Pass 3® Pass
if partner held a club stopper. Madala marked he would have to return a heart or give a ruff-
3™ Pass 4t Pass
4™ Pass 5t time with 3™ and heard 4t from partner. His and-discard. A text-book elimination play!
subsequent 4™ was a suggestion to play there,
since 3™ might have been bid on only a stop- Awards: 5t (10), part scores (5), 4™ (3),
3. Game All. Dealer South. We move now to the 2011 World Team Smith was not finished. Facing a vulnera-
Championships, with the England women ble overcall, she made one further try by
´ K ´ A853 facing USA 2 in the Venice Cup. What action raising to 3™. Brock was happy to accept
™ A J 10 7 4 N ™ Q86 should Nicola Smith take opposite Sally and eleven tricks were made when the
t 543 S t Q8 Brock’s 1™ overcall? A direct raise to 2™, 3™ trump finesse succeeded.
® A653 ® K Q 10 8 The auction started the same way at the
or 4™ would be pre-emptive, based on a
weakish but shapely hand. Correctly, Smith other table but Janice Seamon-Molson
West North East South
began with a bid in the opponent’s suit (2t) (East) passed 2™. Bobby Levin and Steve
Brock Levin Smith Meyers
1t to tell partner that she held a sound raise to Weinstein duplicated this failing auction for
1™ Pass 2t Pass at least 2™. With a full 12-count, Brock USA 1 against Italy in the Bermuda Bowl.
2™ Pass 3™ Pass would often bid more than 2™, but she did
4™ not place much value on the bare ´K. Awards: 4™ (10), 3NT/3™/2™ (5), 2NT (4).
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