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´ A 10 5 4

™ J 8 6 4

t 6 3

® Q 7 5

´ K 7 ´ Q 3 2

™ A 10 5 3 ™ K Q 9

t J 8 4 t A K Q 10 7

® A K 9 4 ® J 10

´ J 9 8 6

™ 7 2

t 9 5 2

® 8 6 3 2

3. N/S Game. Dealer West two diamonds. Here he was happy to pass.

Now let's look at North's opening lead. We can see that

6t is cold, with a spade ruff providing the twelfth trick.

Even so, it was a poor idea to lead the ®5. Old text-books

advocated aggressive leads against suit slams. Recent

computer simulations have demonstrated that a passive

lead is very often a better prospect. Leading from a king or

a queen when the opponents hold a huge majority of the

high cards is a losing strategy. The slam was easily made.

West North East South

Dai Jianmi He Jianwei Yang Lixin Lui Shimin

1NT Pass 2´ Pass

3® Pass 3t Pass

3™ Pass 4t Pass

4´ Dble 4NT Pass

5t Pass 6NT All Pass

2´ was a minor suit Stayman. The diamond fit was

found but East retreated into 6NT after North's double of

the spade cue-bid. He may have feared that a lead through

partner's possible ´A would be troublesome. North led a

passive t6 and was later reduced to ´A ™J ®Q75. He

threw a club on dummy's last diamond, to prevent a

throw-in. Declarer had no reason not to run the ®J and

went one down.

Awards: 6t (10), 6NT (8), games (4), grands (1).

4. E/W Game. Dealer West

4th seat at any score. Otherwise natural. Good luck to any

of you who want to try that! East's 4® suggested a heart

slam. West's 4t was 'Last Train'; it showed a suitable hand

for a slam but nothing about any diamond control. East

bid RKCB, followed by 6™.

Bocchi led the ®A and gave his partner a club ruff for

one down. Warned by the 3® overcall, East might have

chosen the unbeatable 6NT as his final shot.

West North East South

Bilde Zhuang Madala Chen

1™ Pass 2® Pass

2™ Pass 3™ Pass

3´ Pass 4® Pass

4t Pass 4´ Pass

5™ Pass 6™ All Pass

2® was game-forcing, with various possibilities. 4´ was

Kickback RKCB, the response showing two key-cards and

the ™Q. There had been no overcall here, but East might

possibly have bid 6NT to avoid a lead through the ®K.

Again the slam was one down on a club ruff.

Awards: 6NT (10), 6™ (7), games (5), grands (1). Cont/...

West North East South

Yu Guoxing Chen Gang Ma Jihong Zhao Jie

1NT Pass 3® Pass

3t Pass 4NT Pass

5™ Pass 6t All Pass

N

W E

S

´ J 2

™ 8 7

t 6 5

® A 10 8 7 6 4 2

´ 6 ´ A K 7 5

™ A K Q 10 6 4 ™ J 9 2

t Q 9 3 t A K 10 7

® J 5 3 ® K 9

´ Q 10 9 8 4 3

™ 5 3

t J 8 4 2

® Q

West North East South

Liu Yinghao Bocchi Hu Linlin Sementa

1™ 3® Dble Pass

3™ Pass 4® Pass

4t Pass 4NT Pass

5´ Pass 6™ All Pass

N

W E

S

There were some instructive points on this

deal from the 2019 G60 Cup in China. East's

3® response is Puppet Stayman, seeking a 5-

3 fit in a major. His 4NT would be a limit bid

for many, but was straight Blackwood here.

Ma Jihong heard of two aces and bid 6t.

West might have corrected to 6NT with only

Next we visit the 2019 Yeh Brothers Cup.

East/West play the Moderation Bidding

System. That's Precision Club when nonvulnerable

in the first three seats, and in the

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