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´ K Q 7 3

™ -

t A J 8 6 2

® 10 9 7 3

H

igh-level competitive bidding decisions are

difficult. The tempo of the auction can

affect your hand evaluation. I saw this deal

played three times in a teams match, and each

auction presented a different decision. With both

sides vulnerable, this is the West hand:

In Auction C you should have made a more

descriptive bid earlier. 3™ promised only three

trumps and an invitational or better raise. Partner's

pass of 4™ suggests a minimum, so perhaps ten

tricks is your limit. Maybe partner has heart values

- always possible when you are void. Pass and hope

partner has a clearer picture than you. Here is the

full deal:

High-level decisions

Funbridge Competitions by Marc Smith

Game All. Dealer North

West North East South

2™ 2´ 6™

?

In Auction A you can be fairly sure that both sides

are making a lot of tricks and you really cannot

afford to pass. If you bid and both sides can make

eleven tricks, you lose at most 9 IMPs (and only if

the opponents do the right thing at both tables). If

you pass/double and either side can make twelve

tricks, you lose much more. If both slams make,

defending is catastrophic. Bid 6´.

In Auction B you made a splinter bid at your first

turn, forcing to game, so East's pass of 5™ is forcing.

If partner had an unsuitable hand, he would have

doubled to warn you. Bid 5´.

Game All. Dealer North. Teams - IMPs

´ 9 8 4

™ K Q 10 6 3

t K 10 9

® 8 4

´ K Q 7 3 ´ A J 10 6 5 2

™ - ™ 9 5

t A J 8 6 2 t 7

® 10 9 7 3 ® A J 5 2

´ -

™ A J 8 7 4 2

t Q 5 4 3

® K Q 6

N

W E

S

With both clubs offside, eleven tricks is your

limit. Looking at just the East/West hands, though,

you want to reach the 75% slam. You simply cannot

win them all. Indeed, switch the minor-suit kings

and the auction would probably have been the

same, but you would be making +1430 or even

+1660. You cannot expect to get these high-level

decisions right all the time as you often cannot tell

what is right, even looking at both of your hands.

Defending 5™ doubled is risky. Are you going to

lead a minor? You must get your diamond ruff to

hold hearts to ten tricks. Indeed, at the table where

I watched Auction C, West doubled and led the ´K:

-850. West in Auction B scored best, as South

doubled: +850. r

What do you do in each of the

following auctions?

A

Game All. Dealer North

West North East South

Pass 1´ 2™

4™ 5™ Pass Pass

?

B

Game All. Dealer North

West North East South

Pass 1´ 2™

3™ 4™ Pass Pass

4´ Pass Pass 5™

?

C

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