Bidding Quiz by David Bird
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1. Game All. Dealer West. ALL OUR hands will be taken from the 64- for hearts and 4NT for spades – it is known as
board final of the USA’s Vanderbilt champi- ‘Kickback Blackwood’.
onship, which was heavily laden with slam West’s 4´ response(the first step) showed 0
´ A5 ´ K6432 deals. Seven of the ten players in the final were or 3 key-cards. 4NT then asked for the queen
™ 64 ™ A Q J 10 European (three Danish and four Dutch).
W E of trumps. West’s 6t showed the trump queen
t A K Q 10 5 4 2 S t 3
What would you bid on the second round with but denied any side-suit king.
® J2 ® AK8
those East cards? Kevin Bathurst saw no value East decided to leave it there, rather than
West East in 3™, since his partner would have reversed to converting to 6NT. If partner held only six dia-
Zagorin Bathurst 2™ if his shape was 4-6 in the red suits. Nor did monds and there was a diamond loser, perhaps
1t 1´ it seem appropriate to seek delayed support for the side suits would provide another seven
3t 4™ his weak five-card spade suit. tricks.
4´ 4NT East bid 4™. Many players like to save space 7t is better than 7NT because you have a
by using the bid one higher than four of the good chance of establishing an extra spade trick.
trump suit to ask for key-cards. If you use only
4t and 4™ (when clubs or diamonds are n Awards: 6NT/6t (10), 7t (9), 7NT (6),
trumps), this is known as ‘Redwood’. If you games (4).
use the method for all four trump suits – 4´
2. Game All. Dealer East. I usually choose bidding sequences that are I will leave it to you to judge whether Auken
natural and easily comprehensible. Let’s go should have gone to 4´. Louk Verhees was on
mad and look briefly at the sort of artificial lead with ´J 8 4 ™10 9 6 4 3 t7 6 ®A 6 2. Five
´ 7 ´ A K Q 10 9 6 2
N bidding that some top pairs use. club tricks could be taken but of course he led
™ A72 W E
t A K 10 9 4 3 t 2 Sabine Auken opens 1´ which is (hurray!) a heart. That was +720 and a 2-IMP pick-up
® J 10 5 ® 84 natural. Roy Welland’s 1NT is an artificial against 4´ plus one at the other table!
game-forcing relay. (He would bid 2® to indi-
West East cate a normal ‘forcing 1NT’ response.) Auken’s n Awards: 4´ (10), 5´ (8), 3NT (5), 6´ (2).
Welland Auken 2™ is a transfer bid, showing at least six spades
1´ and a single-suiter. 2´ is a relay asking for fur-
1NT 2™ ther information and 3t shows a singleton
diamond. West, who has a reliable diamond
stopper, then bids 3NT.
3. Love All. Dealer West. The first four bids may look familiar – East cue-bidding.
showing five hearts and four spades. That was Sjoert Brink’s 3´ was a cue-bid. Drijver
´ KQ96 ´ A873 not the meaning here. The Dutch pair use a showed a slam-suitable hand with a Serious
™ A K 10 N ™ J9863 method that is becoming increasingly popu- 3NT and East cue-bid his diamond control.
t KQ3 S t A lar. Following a transfer response of 3t, the RKCB confirmed two aces without the trump
® AJ7 ® Q 10 4 opener rebids 3™ only when he has at least queen and the better slam was reached.
three-card heart support. Otherwise he bids Two clubs go away on the diamonds and an
West East 3´ or 3NT. overtrick was made when spades broke 3-2
Drijver Brink Playing this method, you cannot stop in 3™ and South held the ™Q.
2NT 3t when responder has a weak hand with long
hearts. However, there is a big advantage on n Awards: 6™ (10), 6´ (9) 7™ (5), games (4),
4NT 5™ strong hands. With hearts agreed as trumps, 7´ (3).
6™ responder can suggest a slam at a low level, by
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