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´ J 6 5 2

™ 8 3

t 9 6 4 3

® 10 5 3

´ A 9 7 ´ K Q 10 8 4

™ A 9 ™ Q J 10 6 5 2

t A K t Q 8

® A K Q J 9 4 ® -

´ 3

™ K 7 4

t J 10 7 5 2

® 8 7 6 2

3.N/S Game. Dealer East Does that look like old-fashioned rubber bridge bidding to

you? Not at all! It shows Madala's appreciation that such

hands should not be played in a trump suit. Whether you

make spades, hearts or clubs trumps, there is a chance that

a grand slam may fail on a bad trump break (or perhaps on

a ruff at trick one). With such massive playing strength,

there is every chance that thirteen tricks will be available in

no trumps. This may be so even when one of the long suits

would be inadequate as a trump suit. I wonder if

Klukowski will be so alert to the situation at the other

table. West North East South

Klukowski Bilde Gawrys Duboin

1™ Pass

7NT All Pass

Yes, indeed. Well bid, lads! Two splendid auctions.

Awards: 7NT (10), 7´/7®(6), small slams (4), 7™(2).

4.Game All. Dealer West

A world-class pair, in a world championship final, stop in

2™ with 26 points between them and a 4-4 heart fit. How

can it happen? The traditional meaning of a cue-bid in

response to a take-out double is 'forcing to suit agreement'.

On that basis, the bidding could stop short of game if Bilde

raised 2™ to 3™.

I hear some pairs now allow the cue-bidder to pass at his

next turn. This allows you to use a cue-bid on a weaker

hand, about 8-10 points, looking for a 4-4 fit at the twolevel.

Barely believable as it may seem, Bilde was playing one

method and Duboin another. Ten tricks were easily made. If

the situation changes when the cue-bidder is a passed hand,

this should have been discussed.

West North East South

Multon Bianchedi Zimmermann Madala

Pass 1t 1NT Pass

2® Pass 2™ Pass

4™ All Pass

Zimmermann side-stepped the potential problem by

overcalling 1NT. Multon's 2® was Stayman and East/West

were soon writing +620 in their card. It was 10 IMPs to

Zimmerman.

Awards: 4™ (10), 3NT (7), part-scores (3). Cont/...

West North East South

Madala Helness Bianchedi Helgemo

1´ Pass

7NT All Pass

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´ J 6

™ A 7

t A Q J 9 4 3

® 9 7 4

´ Q 8 5 4 ´ A K 10

™ K 10 5 4 ™ J 8 6 2

t 10 7 t K 2

® A J 6 ® K Q 8 3

´ 9 7 3 2

™ Q 9 3

t 8 6 5

® 10 5 2

West North East South

Bilde Gawrys Duboin Klukowski

Pass 1t Dble Pass

2t Pass 2™ All Pass

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