David Bird Bidding problems are on page 29
1. N/S Game. Dealer West. We start at the 2011 Vanderbilt in Louis- forcing, so Bakhshi’s 4® was a splinter
ville, Kentucky. Our very own David bid, agreeing diamonds and showing at
´ AK872 ´ Q3 Bakhshi had a splendid tournament in a most one club. East completed the auction
™ A72 N ™ 3
W E brand new partnership with Ishmael with Roman Key-card Blackwood and the
t 10 9 8 3 t AKQJ7
Del’Monte of Australia. Their team even- excellent slam was easily made. Our con-
tually lost narrowly in the final. gratulations go to David for his fine show-
West East On this deal from the semi-finals, East ing in this championship and several
Bakhshi Del’Monte responded with a game-forcing 2t. (The other recent events.
1´ 2t species of player that makes a jump shift
5™ 6t on a two-suiter is almost extinct nowa- n Awards: 6t (10), games (6), 6´ (5).
days). A 3® rebid would be natural and
2. Game All. Dealer East. Later in the same semi-final, this grand Knowing from the earlier shape-showing
slam was bid against Bakhshi and his bid that East held a singleton club, West
´ A 10 9 5 4 3 ´ KQJ
partner. At all four tables of the Vander- was able to bid the excellent grand slam.
™ K7 N ™ A 10 3 2 bilt semi-finals, East rebid 2´. This is Curtis Cheek and Joe Grue also reached
t A S t K 10 7 6 5 clearly the right action, despite holding 7´, flattening the board in this match. Both
® AJ42 ® 6 only three spades. If you disapprove of rais- teams stopped in 6´ in the other semi-
ing on three trumps, it will cost you in the final.
West East long run. Sometimes you will rebid 2t,
Jiang Gu Xiaodong Shi
1t playing there, and find that you have n Awards: 7´ (10), 6´ (6), games (3).
1´ 2´ missed a good spade game
2NT 3™ Jiang Gu’s 2NT was an artificial relay
and the 3™ response suggested 3-4-5-1
7´ shape. After two cue-bids, West bid RKCB
finding the ™A and the ´K-Q opposite.
3. Love All. Dealer East. The deal comes from the final of the 2011 It was a fine decision! Even though the
Indian Winter Nationals, with Formidables partnership was unlikely to hold a spade
´ J65 ´ 842 facing Dhampur Sugar Mills. stopper – East might have bid 3´ rather
™ Q7 N ™ A852 After a start of 1® – 1t – 1™, some than 3™ with a half-stopper such as ´Q-x –
t A K Q J 10 8 3 t 6
players like to use 1´ as natural, showing there was a good chance that the defend-
four spades. They then use 2´ as the arti- ers would not be able to take five spade
West East ficial fourth-suit-forcing bid. tricks. Meanwhile, it was possible that the
Mukherjee Saha Bhabesh Saha had no spade stopper defenders could cash three spade tricks
1® and had to rebid 3® after this start. Sumit against the alternative game in diamonds.
Mukherjee continued with 3t, which 3NT was duly made when spades broke
3t 3™ would not have been forcing had he bid it 4-3.
3NT on the second round. Saha marked time
with 3™ (he could not hold five hearts n Awards: 3NT (10), part-scores (5),
after his previous bids) and Mukherjee 5t (4).
then decided to play in 3NT.
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