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5.Love All. Dealer North

Rafal Marks saw that ®K-Q-x-x-x-x with his partner

would give him a good chance of making 3NT. A spade

lead posed no threat because North could hardly hold five

spades for his 1NT bid, nor could South with his 1t

opening bid. West duly bid 3NT. The tJ was led (North

held ´J104 ™Q97 tJ1092 ®KJ8) and 3NT went two down.

There were two reasons why West should have passed

out 3® (as West did at the other table, for +130). Firstly,

you should not play your partner for perfect cards.

Secondly, if East held ®K-Q-x-x-x-x he might have

opened a non-vulnerable 3® in today's game. To pass and

then jump to 3® in response to a double suggests long and

weak clubs. (5® is a good game, making if clubs are 2-2 or

the ™Q is onside.)

Awards: 5® (10), 4®/3® (7), 6® (3), 3NT (1).

´ 9 8 5 2 ´ A K

™ A K 10 5 ™ J 4 3

t A 7 4 t 6

® A 7 ® 10 9 6 5 4 3 2

West North East South

Marks Nowosadzki Chodacki Kalita

Pass Pass 1t

Dble 1NT 3® Pass

3NT All Pass

The deal comes from the Polish Teams final

and the first seven calls were the same at

both tables. What should West say at his

second turn?

We end with a deal from the 2018 Lederer

Trophy in London. Andrew Robson opens

an imaginative 3® on:

´Q9 ™Q1053 t54 ®KJ1064 in the third

6.E/W Game. Dealer North

seat. Zia's 4® shows both majors and 4´ is reached. If West

bids only 3´ instead, East does not have enough to raise.

West North East South

Forrester Bilde Gold Nystrom

Pass Pass 1®

2® 2t 2´ Pass

4´ All Pass

Forrester begins with a Michaels cue-bid (planning to

bid again to show a strong hand). When Gold bids a free

2´ the game is reached, both sides scoring +620.

Awards: 4´ (10), 3´ (5), 5´ (3), 3® doubled by S (2).

It was a reasonable effort by our experts, who scored 45/60. If you beat them, you did well. Let's look for

some worthwhile bidding tips.

TIPS TO REMEMBER

D Use your opponents' bidding to diagnose a good fit your way. If they bid to 4´ and you hold three or

four low spades, you can picture partner's shortage there.

D Bob Hamman says 'Do not place me with perfect cards, partner. I never have them!' Some players are

terrified of missing a makeable game or slam. It is not worth going down three times for every occasion

when a hopeful punt is successful.

D Over an opponent's 3® or 3t, bidding four of their suit shows a major two-suiter. Over 3´, many

players use 4®/4t to show hearts and the bid minor (non-leaping Michaels). Similarly, 4®/4t over

3™ will show spades and the bid minor. r

W E

´ A K J 10 4 ´ 8 3 2

™ A 8 7 6 2 ™ K 4

t A 10 t Q 8 6 2

® 9 ® Q 8 5 2

West North East South

Zia Allfrey Jansma Robson

Pass Pass 3®

4® Pass 4´ All Pass

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