48 English Bridge February 2020 www.ebu.co.uk
5. E/W Game. Dealer East
losers, Senior signed off in 3™. An admirable stop! Nine
tricks were made for +140.
West's 2® asked partner to bid 2t. Her 2NT then showed
11-12 points. A bid of 2t instead of 2® by West would
have been a game-forcing relay. This implies that, after 2®,
West could have bid a non-forcing 3™ at her third turn.
Why East deduced that her partner held five spades, I
cannot tell you. 4´ went three down vulnerable, and
England gained 10 IMPs.
Awards: 3™ (10), 2NT (6), 4™ (5), 3NT (4), 4´ (0).
6. E/W Game. Dealer West
In the Venice Cup matches featured on Bridge Base
Online, nearly everyone rebid 4´, despite the high losercount.
East was then fully entitled to head for the very
good slam, which was worth +1460 when the cards lay in
4´ All Pass
A raise to 4´ shows a strong hand, enough for a shot at
game facing a featureless 6-count. It is quite wrong for East
to pass with five great trumps and two outside honours.
The spade slam was reached at 10 out of 24 tables in the
Venice Cup, at 14 tables in the Bermuda Bowl, at 14 tables
in the Seniors (plus one in the lucky 6NT), also at 15 tables
in the Mixed Teams.
Awards: 6´ (10), 6NT/games (8), 7´ (2).
Our Venice Cup experts scored four bulls-eyes, with their remaining two arrows drifting well into the
woods. If you beat their total of 43, you did well. Let's see what tips the deals have unearthed.
TIPS TO REMEMBER
D Give a positive response to 2® only when you have a good suit of at least five cards. Otherwise respond
2t, which is unlimited and allows maximum space for describing the two hands.
D When you hold a strong seven-card major, be wary of opening or responding at the four-level. You will
often learn more by starting at a lower level. This is particularly so when you hold spades. You can then
outbid the other side later, if appropriate.
D If you play a 15-17 point 1NT, use this bid when you hold a 5-card major and 5-3-3-2 shape. Otherwise
you will encounter rebid problems. r
H Dhondy N Senior
´ Q 8 3 2 ´ K 9 4
™ A J 6 ™ K 8 5 4 3
t 6 5 3 t Q 8
® K Q 4 ® A J 7
Houlberg Lund Madsen
´ J 9 6 2 ´ A K 5 4 3
™ A K J 2 ™ 8 5
t A J 4 t Q 10 8
® A 10 ® K 6 4
England face Scotland. Dhondy and Senior
use these responses to 1™ or 1´: 3®=4-card
limit raise, 3t=4-card mixed raise, 3M=preemptive,
jump in the other major=3-card
limit raise. Dhondy's 2´ response showed a
limit raise with only three hearts. With eight
Tunisia face Denmark. What would you
rebid on the West cards? I would have rebid
only 3´. The US expert, Larry Cohen, tells
me: 'I can't imagine anything other than a
straightforward 3´ at any colours or form of