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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

W

N

E

™ 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

1NT

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.

W E

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

Pass 2NT

3® 3t

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.

play well.

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

W E

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

K’vanov Pancheva

Pass

T’filov

2™

Chernev

Pass

stars into a hopeless game, which went • Puppet Stayman isresponding to

convention when

a worthwhile

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

4™

pre-emptive reasons. when the opener has a five-card

major.

n Awards: 2™/2´ (10), 3™ (7), 3´ (6),

We end at the 2011 Bulgarian Trials. Rumen

games (3).

• Do not join theopposite aplayers

who overbid

hordes of

weak

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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