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5.Game All. Dealer North

Game in clubs was there but 3NT was no good. Even if the

clubs come in, there are only eight tricks. I certainly don't

blame Bocchi for his final bid. Sementa needed to bid his

clubs at some stage. If there had been no opposition

bidding, you might expect East/West to reach 3NT. Once

South has opened 1™ and rebid 2™, he is likely to have a

good suit and a side entry card. It was too optimistic for

West to bid so strongly towards 3NT. He went two down

on a heart lead.

West North East South

Klukowski Bilde Gawrys Duboin

Pass Pass 1™

Dble Pass 1´ 2™

Pass Pass 3t Pass

3´ All Pass

This is the recorded bidding, but it seems likely that

Klukowski made a second double. Gawrys made nine

tricks for +140 and a gain of 8 IMPs.

Awards: 5® (10), 6® (7), 4´/part-scores (4), 3NT (2).

6.N/S Game. Dealer West Helness still felt obliged to show his diamond control

below the game level. Hoping that his ®K was a valuable

card, Helgemo then used RKCB. The 5´ response, showing

two key-cards and the ™Q, carried them to a slam with two

aces missing. Even the mighty may fall.

No, wait a moment. Sementa has led the tA from

´J93 ™10 tA10763 ®Q854. Bocchi plays the t2 and

another diamond is led! Away goes the club loser and the

slam is made. West East

Bilde Duboin

1NT 2®

2™ 4™

The strong no-trumpers bid to the right spot and will be

distressed to find that they have lost 11 IMPs.

Awards: 5™/4™ (10), 6™ (2).

Bidding can be difficult at times. If you didn't know that already, our world-class experts in a world final

may just have convinced you. They score only 29/60. Surely we can rescue something from the wreckage

by looking for some useful bidding tips. TIPS TO REMEMBER

D Be wary of using Blackwood when there is an inadequate response that will carry you too high. The

risk is exacerbated when you have only one key-card and are missing the trump queen. A 5´ response

may result in a slam with two aces missing.

D When partner is unlimited, you should always cue-bid an ace below the game level, even on a

minimum hand. When your control is a king, you are entitled to show some discretion.

D When an opponent has bid a suit where you have only one stopper, the chances of making 3NT are

reduced. The suit will be led and he will probably have a side entry. A combined point-count of 24-26

points may not be enough for nine tricks. r

´ J 10 6

™ 7 6 5

t 10 6 3 2

® Q 7 6

´ A K 5 ´ 9 7 4 3

™ A 4 2 ™ 9

t Q 5 t K J 8 7

® A K 10 5 2 ® 9 8 4 3

´ Q 8 2

™ K Q J 10 8 3

t A 9 4

® J

West North East South

Sementa Helness Bocchi Helgemo

Pass Pass 1™

Dble Pass 1´ 2™

Dble Pass 2´ Pass

2NT Pass 3NT All Pass

N

W E

S

West East

Helness Helgemo

1® 1™

3™ 4®

4t 4NT

5´ 6™

´ A Q ´ K 10 5 2

™ K Q 5 2 ™ A 9 8 7 4 3

t K Q 4 t J 5

® 9 6 3 2 ® K

W E

The Norwegians play a 10-13 1NT at this

score. The 3™ rebid was a bit of a stretch, but

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