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positive response only when you have a suit worth showing.

Otherwise you respond 2t, which is unlimited, to save

bidding space.

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

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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

West East

N Senior H Dhondy

2® 3t

4t 4™

4NT 5™

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

W E

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

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