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positive response only when you have a suit worth showing.
Otherwise you respond 2t, which is unlimited, to save
Here Heather Dhondy was willing to make the most
space-consuming positive response in a suit, 3t. Nevena
Senior agreed diamonds and Dhondy then bid 4™ to show
a heart control (first- or second-round). Senior was happy
to use RKCB, after which 7t was reached and easily made.
You would not thank me for showing the 16-bid
Netherlands auction. Laura Dekkers responded 2t and
then had to introduce her diamonds at the four-level. The
exchanges drew to an eventual, but premature, close in 6NT
and England gained 12 IMPs.
In the match between France and USA-1, both teams
stopped in 6t. Both Easts responded 2´ to 2®. For the
Americans, 2´ showed three controls. For the French, 2´
showed an unspecified minor-suit ace. How much easier
the England pair's auction was!
Awards: 7t (10), 6NT (6), 6t (5), 7NT/games (2).
1. Game All. Dealer WestBeat Today's Experts click
2. E/W Game. Dealer West 6´ if her trumps were excellent. It seems that East read 5™
as asking for a heart control. That makes little sense,
because a raise to 5´ traditionally asks for a control in the
opponents' suit. All in all, it was a sorry auction.
West North East South
Punch Zets Leslie Mundell
1® 1™ Dble 3™
Dble Pass 4™ Pass
6® Pass 6´ All Pass
Paula Leslie's double showed 4+ spades (1´ would have
denied spades). Over the pre-emptive 3™ raise, Sam Punch
doubled to show a good hand. Leslie rated her hand as too
good to bid 4´. This was a dubious valuation, because her
partner might have doubled on a strong club suit, hoping
that East could bid 3NT. West might have awarded the final
contract a modicum of self-respect, had she bid 5® next.
No, it was 6® and Scotland ended in 6´ too. The words 'a
sorry auction' come to mind. Perhaps I heard them
somewhere recently. In the Venice Cup only four teams
strayed into a slam. The remaining 20 bid and made game.
Awards: 4´ (10), 5´/4NT/3NT (9), 5® (6), slams (1).
by David Bird
ANSWERS TO PROBLEMS ON PAGE 22
This time all our deals will come from the
2019 Venice Cup (women's world
championship). England face the
Netherlands here. Pick up some dusty old
bridge book and you will be told to give a
positive response to 2® when you hold an
ace and a king. Nowadays, you venture a
Australia face Scotland. What should East say
over the 1™ overcall? East's choice of 4´ is
truly awful, as I see it. What was the rush?
Respond 1´ and you will find out so much
more about partner's hand. You can bid 4´
later, if you wish. No extra IMPs are awarded
for fast arrival!
Rena Kaplan visualised ´AKQxxxx
opposite and could see a possible slam. She
continued with 5™, expecting partner to bid
N Senior H Dhondy
7t All Pass
´ A K Q ´ 9 7 6 4
™ A Q 7 ™ J
t A Q 9 7 5 t K J 10 6 2
® K 10 ® A 9 4
West North East South
Kaplan McQuaker Ichilcik McGowan
1® 1™ 4´ Pass
5™ Pass 6´ All Pass
´ 8 4 ´ Q J 10 9 6 5
™ 6 ™ A K 8
t A K 8 6 t Q 3
® A K J 10 9 7 ® 8 5