February 2018 English Bridge
Hand 4 Hand 5 Hand 6
1®-(1™)-1´-(P) 1´-(2t)-3t-(P) 1™-(1´)-Db-(2´)
´ K J 7 4 ´ A K 7 6 3 ´ 10 4
™ A 6 ™ Q 10 6 2 ™ A K J 7 5
t 4 t 9 2 t A Q 7
® A Q J 10 8 7 ® A 9 ® K 5 4
Hand 4. 4t. A splinter. The knowledge that partner
has five spades increases the power of this hand.
The right cards (´AQ and ®K) make slam a
certainty and this descriptive bid will embolden
partner if she has them. Note that here 2t would
be natural and strength showing (as in Hand 2) so
3t is arguably a splinter too - but only a
shortage-raise to the three-level. Something
perhaps to ask your partner when you check the
reverses mentioned in the earlier example.
Hand 5. 3™. A game-try. Responder's cue bid raise
showed support and strength for the three-level.
This has fallen rather well: we have in-between
values and we have space to make a try. Much
depends on whether partner has four-card or,
more likely, only three (with compensating high
cards). Almost always, four card support is what
we want most, so unless responder is bare
minimum, she should accept.
But what if our hearts and clubs were reversed?
With ´AK654 ™A3 t87 ®Q1087 we would have
no convenient natural try. From such situations
the idea of 'Last Train' evolved; when there is only
one suit in which to make a game try (or slam try)
then that bid shows general values, not specific
ones - ambition rather than location. Here we bid
3™ too because there is nothing else left -3´
would be 'to play' rather than invitational. But like
many good ideas, it has its dangers - make sure
you and your partner are on the same page!
Hand 6. Double. Much the same as after oneminor,
'strong no-trump values with no stop'.
This hand is better than the minimum 15/16
working HCPs partner will expect and we will
push on to game. Here of course we have already
shown five hearts so we might easily find game in
that suit when partner has as little as
´65 ™Q3 tK542 ®A9864
and ventures a nervous 3™. Good to end on a
hand that suits the system.
D After partner's double shows a major, rebid as if
the response had been one-major in a noncompetitive
D Don't undersell your good hands just because
o Bid their suit to show a good hand with lots
of tricks - often aiming for no trumps,
almost always without a stop in their suit.
o Double to show high cards with no clear
D Use any available game try to give partner
another chance in close decisions.
D Make explicit support bids when you can. r
DISCIPLINARY HEARING HELD
An EBU Disciplinary Committee met to
consider the charges that, at a recent EBU
Tournament, Mr Leiv Bornecrantz (a) used
inappropriate language to a Tournament
Director, (b) used language and behaviour likely
to make people around him feel uncomfortable
and threatened, and (c) walked out of the
tournament mid-session, and that these actions
constituted a breach of the Disciplinary Rules
3.2(v) being conduct or behaviour which falls
below the acceptable standards required of
Player Members. The defendant declined to
attend the hearing.
The Committee found the defendant guilty
on all three charges. The Committee took into
account the previous disciplinary record of Mr
Bornecrantz, and for each charge imposed a
sanction of a fine of £50 and two years'
suspension of membership of the EBU, the
periods of suspension to run concurrently.
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