4. E/W Game. Dealer South. Next we visit the final of the 2011 the semi-finals of the men’s trials) West
Australian Women’s Trials. South opens jumped to 3´. It is false logic to think that
´ A K J 10 8 5 ´ 63 with a weak 1NT and Berenice Folkard your minor-suit kings lie over the opening
™ A 10 6
™ 987 makes a penalty double. Her hand is far bid and are therefore the equivalent of
t K2 S
t 97653 too strong for an overcall of 2´ and aces. Partner has shown a weak hand and
® K3 ® Q 10 2
unsuitable for 3´. there is no reason to think that you will be
If East held 4 or more points, she would able to cross to dummy twice to lead
West North East South pass the double in the expectation of towards the kings.
Folkard Lachman Smart Snashall
picking up a penalty. Di Smart’s actual Not surprisingly 3´ went down where it
Dble Pass 2t Pass hand was weak and she was entitled to was bid, so Folkard’s accurate auction was
2´ remove the double into her five-card suit. rewarded.
What should West say now?
West’s bid of 2´ is exactly right! At two n Awards: 2´ (10), 1NT Doubled (8),
other tables (the boards were shared with 3´ (5), 2t (4).
5. Love All. Dealer West. This is another deal from the Australian Havas would now rebid 3´ with a heart
Women’s Trials final. The first question is: suit and 3™ with a spade suit. This so-
´ J9763 ´ A5 should West open the bidding? On some called ‘Puppet’ mechanism is aimed at
™ KQJ8 N ™ A964 10-counts including (say) ´K-Q-J-9-4, you making the 2NT opener the declarer.
t K 10 S t AQ97 might stretch to open 1´. Not here, with Havas’s actual 4® showed both majors
® 93 ® A Q 10
this straggly spade suit. and was a mild slam try. (With a weaker
Margi Bourke opened 2NT in the third hand and both majors, she would bid 4t.)
West East seat and Liz Havas responded 3®. This Bourke then closed the auction with 4™.
Havas Bourke was Puppet Stayman, a convention that By bidding in this way, Havas gave up
asks the opener if she holds a five-card the chance of playing in a 5-3 spade fit.
4® 4™ major. You might make such a response if For that reason some players reserve a
you held three spades and only one heart, special response (3´) to show five spades
for example, expecting a 5-3 spade fit to and four hearts.
A response of 3´ or 3™ would show a n Awards: 3NT/4™ (10), 6™/4NT (7),
five-card suit. Bourke’s actual 3t response 5™ (6).
showed an unspecified four-card major.
6. N/S Game. Dealer North. Why do so many players overbid oppo- Tips to remember
site a weak two? West holds a weak 1NT.
´ A654 ´ Q973 He has some sort of heart fit, yes, but no • When abe natural and forcing
bid at a particular level
™ A82 N
™ K J 10 5 4 3 ruffing value. He should pass! would
t K 10 2 S t 9 West ventured a 2NT relay response. (1´ – 2t – 3®), a bid at the next
® Q98 ® 76
Their convention card does not reveal the level (1´ – 2t – 4®) is a splinter
meaning of the 3t response but it was bid.
West North East South enough to propel the world-class Bulgarian
stars into a hopeless game, which went • Puppet Stayman isresponding to
2NT Pass 3t Pass two down. North was a passed hand, so
there was no question of West bidding for 2NT. It allows you to detect
pre-emptive reasons. when the opener has a five-card
n Awards: 2™/2´ (10), 3™ (7), 3´ (6),
We end at the 2011 Bulgarian Trials. Rumen
• Do not join theopposite aplayers
Trendafilov opens with a weak 2™ in second
seat. Do you like that action, with a four- ´ ™t® two-bid. When you hold a weak
card spade suit on the side? I am very happy 1NT type, remember that part-
with it. He has good hearts and the length Our experts fall at the last hurdle but still ner would surely have used a
in spades may give his LHO a difficult call manage an impressive 53/60. If you scored transfer response to sign off in
to make. It was now Kalin Karaivanov to more than 45, you did well. Let’s look for two of his suit, had you been
respond. some useful bidding tips. first to speak. r
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