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5. Game All. Dealer West trump support, a precious ace and a singleton, where a
ruffing trick (or two) might be available. East had enough
to bid 6™, as I see it. West might have bid again over 4™ but
I award 90% of the blame to East.
6t All Pass
2t was the standard 'waiting' response and 2™ was Kokish,
showing either hearts or a balanced hand. East's 2´
enquired which and, unlike at the other table, Christal
Henner very reasonably treated her hand as balanced.
Uday Ivatury's 3´ was a relay to 3NT, showing a long
minor suit. His 4® showed diamonds and Henner's 4t
was key-card for diamonds, the 4´ response showing one
key-card. A well-deserved 12 IMPs was their reward.
Awards: 6NT/6™/6t (10), games (4), grands (3).
6. Game All. Dealer East Bjerkan might have bid 5™ next, to enquire about the
´Q. She preferred 6t, offering that as a final contract. Do
you see what a clever bid it was? If West had not held the
´Q, maybe East's heart winners would provide enough
spade discards for 6t to be made.
4´ All Pass
Kit Woolsey is a world-class player, inducted into the ACBL
Hall of Fame in 2005. We can be sure that he knows what
a response of 4´ should show (a shapely hand of around
7-9 points). Was this a state-of-the match bid? I don't think
so, since his side was losing only 162-194 at the start of the
7th set. This was board 10 with another 20 boards still to
be played. It was a mystifying effort, duly punished by the
loss of 12 IMPs.
Awards: 6´ (10), 6t (9), games (4), grands (3).
Our experts have asked me to apologise on their behalf for scoring only 34/60. No problem, was my reply.
The readers will enjoy having a good chance to outbid them. Let's look for some bidding tips.
TIPS TO REMEMBER
D When responding to a protective double, do not subtract three points from the value of your hand.
This will leave too wide a range for a non-jump response. Reduce the ranges by taking off only 1 point.
D Many factors can affect your decision between 6NT or six of a suit. When you have a high total pointcount
(34+), playing in 6NT may avoid a bad break in the alternative trump suit or an adverse ruff.
When you have a side-suit headed by a king, you may choose to protect it from the opening lead.
D Look up the 'Last Train' slam try (bidding the suit below four of the trump suit) on the internet. It is
an effective method, devised by Jeff Meckstroth. r
´ Q 8 5 3 ´ A K J 6 2
™ J 8 ™ A K Q 2
t A K J 10 5 t Q 7 6
® 10 6 ® Q
´ K 7 2 ´ A 6 3
™ A K J 10 6 ™ Q 4
t A Q 8 t 10 9 7 6 5 3 2
® A K ® 9
We will end with two deals from the USA
Mixed Teams trials. Alex Kolesnik's 2™
showed '5-7 points or an ace'. West's 3™ was
natural and East bid just 4™, ending the
auction. What do you make of that?
By opening 2® and rebidding in a suit,
West had shown that she had game in hand
with hearts as trumps. The East hand was
enormous in support! Queen doubleton
West might have responded with a Jacoby
2NT. Howard Weinstein preferred a natural
2t, forcing to game. Over the 2™ rebid he
jumped to 4´. Bjerkan bid RKCB, the 5t
response showing 1 (or 4) key-cards.