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4. E/W Game. Dealer West. somewhat deeper into the soup urn of when she does hold the trump queen.
world bridge. We will visit a women’s Here West’s 6♦ response carried the
♠ 92 ♠ AKJ tournament played in the Austrian town meaning: ‘Yes, I do have the trump queen,
♥ 862 of Burghausen. Petra von Malchus opens also the ♦K.’ In other words she named
♦ KJ S ♦ A Q 10 8 7 3 1♥ and has an easy 3♥ rebid over Claudia the explicit king held, rather than giving a
♣ A54 ♣ J
Lussmann’s 2♦ response. What should count of side-suit kings. You can see how
East bid next? useful this information was to East. The
West East I see nothing wrong with East’s deci- ♣K would have been of limited value; the
von Malchus Lussmann sion to bid RKCB at this stage. All the side ♦K was priceless, solidifying East’s main
1♥ 2♦ suit. It was then easy to bid a grand slam,
suits are under control and she has the
5♣ 5♦ playing strength to visualize a heart slam. expecting to run plenty of tricks in the red
6♦ 7♦ West shows three key cards and East’s 5♦ suits.
continuation then asks about the queen
of trumps. It is a matter of partnership s Awards: 7NT/7♦ (10); 7♥ (9); 6NT (6);
For the next deal, I will dip the ladle agreement how West should respond 6♦ (5); games (3).
5. E/W Game. Dealer East. Ireland, holders for the past three years. able to ruff two heart losers in dummy and
The auction was short, but very sweet. then give up a spade trick.
Following the partnership’s style, ‘Tosh’ This was the other auction:
♠ AK76 N ♠ J 10 4 declined to open on the East cards. Hugh
♥ A82 W E ♥ 5 West North East South
McGann made life difficult with a six-card
♦ AQ653 ♦ KJ42 Carroll Gold Garvey Townsend
♣ 2 ♣ A Q 10 8 4
pre-empt in hearts, on the South cards, and 1♦ 3♥
Gunnar Hallberg ventured a take-out dou- 4NT 5♥ 5♠ Pass
West North East South ble. How should East respond to this? 5NT Pass 7♦
Hallberg Hanlon McIntosh McGann Some players would bid 5♣, showing
Pass 3♥ their longest suit. The chosen response of Judge for yourself whether East-West had a
Dble Pass 4NT Pass 4NT, indicating both minors, is so much misunderstanding. 7♦ went two down, giv-
6♦ better! Hallberg not only chose diamonds ing England 17 IMPs.
as trumps, but went all the way to the six-
Our next event is the first week-end of the level despite the fact that he was facing a s Awards: 6♦ (10); 7♦/games (5).
2008 Camrose, with England facing passed hand. Well bid, indeed. Declarer was
6. Love All. Dealer East. diamond might be valuable. He therefore Tips to remember
cue-bid 4♦, not worried that partner
♠ Q4 ♠ AK965
might think this was agreeing spades as • Some of the world’s best players
♥ Q J 10 8 7 N ♥ A trumps. He signed off in 5♣ subsequent- (Forrester, Rodwell and Zia) are
♦ 32 ly, but Pigot had heard enough to raise to willing to double control-showing
♣ QJ765 ♣ AK943 six. Well bid! cue-bids when they have nothing in
At the other table, a humble take-out the suit. The idea is to frighten the
West East double from South made life difficult. opponents from bidding a slam that
Moran Pigot David Gold opened 1 ♣ , doubled by you think will succeed. If your
1♣ South. Tom Townsend responded 2♥, a partner subsequently leads that suit
1♥ 2♠ fit-jump, and their bidding continued: against a slam that could have been
3♣ 3♠ 2♠ – 4♣ – 4♠ – 5♣. Gold then passed, beaten on a different lead . . . well, he
unwilling to gamble that partner had a will forgive you.
• Be more inclined to give a positive
We end with another Camrose deal. This response to 2♣ when you hold a
s Awards: 6♣ (10); 5♣/4♠ (6); 6♠ (4). major suit and the bid will not con-
time England face the ‘Hosts’, a second
team representing Ireland. sume much space. If you begin with
Peter Pigot opened 1♣, the best idea on ♠♥♦♣ 2♦, and no fit is found, it can be dif-
a strong hand that is 5-5 in the black suits. ficult to get your values across.
His 2♠ rebid was game-forcing, perhaps a Sorry about that! Our experts have scored • When partner doubles 3♠ or 3♥
slight overbid, and Mark Moran showed a brilliant 60/60. Any readers who man- for take-out, a response of 4NT
club preference. When the opener rebid aged to beat that total should check their shows the minor suits. It is not
his spades, West decided that his singleton arithmetic. Let’s look for some tips. Blackwood.
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