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A call in the protective seat may be a king lighter than in

second seat. So, Bessis subtracts a king from his hand,

leaving him with 8 HCP. He bids just 1™ and the French

maestros stop at the one-level, making 11 tricks.

It is quite hopeless if a 1™ response has to cover a range

of 0-11 HCP. I strongly recommend that jump responses

such as 2™ and 2´ should show close to their normal range,

say 9-11. One-level responses then cover hands with 0-8

points.

I remember watching a top Icelandic pair, playing in

London. They bid similarly and the dummy asked me to

take his chair while he went to the cloakroom. 'You made

it?' he asked his partner when he returned. 'Yes, four

overtricks!' was the response. Again they had 25 points

between them.

At the other table of the France-Sweden match, North

opened 1®, East doubled and heard a cue-bid 2® response.

2™ was raised to 4™, and that was 9 IMPs to Sweden.

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

1. Game All. Dealer North

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2. E/W Game. Dealer West

East/West now going overboard?

It was fair enough for Meckstroth to bid 4™, with his

diamonds sitting over the 4t bid. What would you have

said then on the East cards? Of course a slam is possible, but

the tQ is a dud card. It seems to me that a rebid of 4´

would show a splendid spade suit and you don't have much

more than this. To make such a correction, you must have

been prepared for partner to bid further with suitable cards

and a diamond control.

The actual 5´ bid sounds like a request for partner to bid a

slam if he holds a diamond control. If this turns out to be

the tK, there will be a chance of an adverse ruff in the suit.

Meckstroth did have a diamond control and continued with

a pick-a-slam 5NT. South led the tA against 6´, followed

by the tJ ruffed, and a heart return for two down. Well, it's

difficult to be objective when you can see all 52 cards. You

may well disagree with me that East did too much.

Awards: 4´/4™ (10), 5´ (7), 5™ (4), slams (1).

by David Bird

ANSWERS TO PROBLEMS ON PAGE 26

Our first deal comes from a practice match

between France and Sweden, featuring

world-class players in every seat. Frédéric

Volcker doubles in the protective position.

How should Thomas Bessis respond?

This is a distributional deal from the 2019

Cavendish. South comes in with a nonvulnerable

4t. Who do you blame for

´ A 10 7

™ 10 9

t A 9 7 4 2

® K 10 4

´ K 8 4 3 ´ Q J 5

™ K 7 4 3 ™ A Q 8 2

t K J t Q 10 8 5

® A 7 2 ® 5 3

´ 9 6 2

™ J 6 5

t 6 3

® Q J 9 8 6

West North East South

Volcker Sylvan T. Bessis Fredin

1t Pass Pass

Dble Pass 1™ All Pass

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W E

S

´ 7 4 2

™ 7 3

t 2

® J 10 8 7 6 5 2

´ Q ´ A K J 10 8 6 5 3

™ K Q 9 6 5 4 2 ™ 10

t K 10 t Q 7

® A 4 3 ® K 9

´ 9

™ A J 8

t A J 9 8 6 5 4 3

® Q

West North East South

Meckstroth Hult T. Bessis Ekenberg

1™ Pass 1´ 4t

4™ Pass 5´ Pass

5NT Pass 6´ All Pass

N

W E

S

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