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4. N/S Game. Dealer East. Mouïel is happy to open at the one-level on their auction:
his 21-count. When partner rebids his dia-
monds, Mouïel shows support. What should West North East South
♠ 3 ♠ AJ76
♥ 42 N ♥ A K Q 10 7 West do now? Angelini Tyla Sementa Jankauskas
♦ A K 10 7 5 3 2
♦ Q J With his splendid diamonds, Lévy was 1♣ 1♠
♣ QJ6 ♣ A9 2♦ Pass 2♥ Pass
interested in a slam. He cue-bid in spades,
2♠ Pass 2NT Pass
where he held a singleton. This was enough to 3NT
West East persuade Mouïel to launch RKCB and the
Lévy Mouïel grand slam was safely reached. After a strong 1♣ from his partner, Angelini
1♥ At the other table, Lindqvist and Brogeland declined to bid his diamonds more than once.
2♦ 2♠ began with the same seven bids. West then ‘Troppo pessimista!’ declared the Italian online
responded 5♠ to the RKCB 4NT, pretending commentators, who then implored Sementa to
5♥ 7♦ that he held the ♦Q because of his extra rescue his sponsor partner with a limit raise to
trump length. Lindqvist placed the contract in 4NT. Not today, and they lost 10 IMPs to
7NT, which went one down on a poor lie of Lithuania’s unambitious 6♦ at the other table.
We move next to the European Champion- the cards.
ships, contested in the French town of Pau. What contract do you think the Italian East- s Awards: 7♦ (10), 7NT (7), 6NT (6), 6♦ (5),
France face Norway and their E-W pair have a West pair reached on this board? This was games (2).
potential grand slam before them.
5. Game All. Dealer West. At the other table of the England-Italy match cue-bid indicated second-round control of
in Pau, the Hackett twins had bid 1♦ – 1♠ – clubs.
3NT. Diamonds were 3-2 and it seemed likely Versace discovered that East held the ace and
♠ K7 ♠ AQJ864
N that those mighty slam bidders, the Italians, queen of spades and then placed the contract
♥ A5 W E
♦ A K Q 10 6 4 ♦ 93 would punish this humble sequence. in diamonds, to protect the ♣K from the
♣ K92 ♣ 543 Versace had a gadget available, an artificial opening lead. Such a splendid sequence, par-
reverse to 2♥ that covered various strong hand ticularly when you bear in mind that Versace
West North East South types. 2NT enquired and the 3 ♦ response and Sementa are not a regular partnership.
Versace Holland Sementa Armstrong showed ‘diamonds, too strong for a 3♦ rebid’
1♦ Pass 1♠ Pass Other responses were available to show a nor- s Awards: 6♦/6NT(W) (10), 6♠/6NT(E) (7),
2♥ Pass 2NT Pass mal reverse in hearts or a strong hand with games (4).
3♦ Pass 3♠ Pass spade support. What a great method!
4♣ Dble Pass Pass
Sementa rebid his spades and Versace cue-
4♦ Pass 4♠ Pass
4NT Pass 5♦ Pass bid 4♣. When John Holland doubled,
5♥ Pass 5NT Pass Sementa passed to allow Versace to define the
6♦ quality of his club control. A redouble would
have shown first-round control. The further
6. E/W Game. Dealer East. Here they are, facing Norway in Pau. The part-
Tips to remember
nership plays a two-level response as game-
forcing, with the one exception of 1♠ – 2♥.
4 What should West say next, after partner’s 2♠ • A jump toshows aover an opponent’s
strong hand. You
♦ AKQ9 S ♦ 7 rebid? 3♦, forcing to game, would be too
should not bid ‘weak over weak’.
♣ 8754 ♣ AQ963 much. Draper placed the hand in the game-try
Players who do so set their partners an
bracket and continued with 2NT. When Rosen
impossible task when they have to
West East introduced her clubs, Draper went all the way
decide if a slam is possible.
Draper Rosen to game in clubs. Well bid! The play was sim-
plified by a diamond lead, allowing Rosen to
ditch her singleton heart.
• Whenof partner’s four-of-a-major to
the opponents have bid a suit, a
five asks him to bid a slam with a con-
s Awards: 5 ♣ (10), 4 ♣ /3 ♣ /2 ♠ (5), 3 ♠ / trol in the opponents’ suit. He can
3NT (4), 2NT (2). indicate a first-round control by cue-
bidding instead of raising to six.
In the last issue I featured an unsuccessful auc-
tion by England’s Catherine Draper and Anne • Strong handsinwith diamonds areused
handled well Acol, when 2♦ is
Rosen. When they performed so strongly in
the European Championship (averaging +0.49 After several rocky efforts recently, our experts as the Multi or a Weak Two. Consider
IMPs per board, 11th in the Butler Table), I have shone brightly, collecting a perfect score using an artificial rebid (1♦ – 1♠ –
thought I should redress the balance by show- of 60. Sorry that you could not beat them. 2♥, or 1♦ – 1♥ – 2♠), with a 2NT relay
ing a more typical example of their bidding. Let’s look for some bidding tips. by responder to identify the hand type.
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