4. E/W Game. Dealer South. It is more or less standard nowadays to play Dennis Bilde won in the dummy and played
Lebensohl opposite a take-out double of a the other top spade, He then entered his hand
weak-two opening. (2NT is bid on most 0-7 with a spade ruff to lead towards the ®K. His
´ 97 ´ AK42
™ 98763 N
™ Void point hands; a direct suit response suggests luck was in when the weaker of the defenders’
t Q 10 7 2
t AKJ543 8-10.) Many pairs use it on this auction too hands (North) contained the ®A, He gave up a
® 10 4 ® K82 and 3t would suggest 8-10. club and was then able to ruff three black-suit
Father and son, Morten and Dennis Bilde losers in his hand. The lucky slam was made.
West North East South do not use Lebensohl here, so 3t carried a A trump lead would have scuttled the con-
D.Bilde v Prooijen M.Bilde Verhees very wide range. East suggested a slam with a tract, since a second trump can be played when
1™ void-showing leap to 4™ and West signed off. the defenders win a club trick.
Pass 2™ Dble Pass East was looking at several potential losers in
3t Pass 4™ Pass the black suits. As I see it, he had little justifi- n Awards: 5t (10), 6t (6), part-scores (4),
5t Pass 6t 3NT (2).
cation for bidding the small slam. How would
you play 6t when North leads the ´Q?
5. N/S Game. Dealer West. If East held only a 12-count, he might raise to contract was reached at the other table.
2™ on this shape. With his splendid five-loser
hand, he prefers the wider-range 2® rebid. West North East South
´ 875 ´ 6 M Bilde Verhees D. Bilde v Prooijen
™ K983 N
™ A42 When West shows limit-bid values in dia-
W E Pass Pass 1t Pass
t K654 S t AQ983 monds, East leaps to 4´. This is a splinter bid, 1™ Dble Rdble 2´
® K2 ® AQJ8 showing at most a singleton spade. How 3t Pass 4® Pass
should West react to this? 4™ Pass 4NT Pass
West has no aces, it is true. He has limited 5® Pass 6t
Brink Drijver his hand with the 3t bid, however, and holds
Pass 1t a magic 8-7-5 opposite partner’s shortage. He East’s Support Redouble indicated three-card
1™ 2® also likes the look of his ®K-2 in partner’s sec- heart support. West’s 5® showed one key-card.
3t 4´ ond suit. Brink duly jumps to 6t, completing
6t a splendidly elegant auction. The same fine n Awards: 6t (10), 5t (6), part-scores (2).
6. N/S Game. Dealer South. protective seat. Welland had an easy raise to Tips to remember
game and twelve tricks were made on a club
´ A652 ´ KQJ7
lead. • Ordinary when the trumpcarry you
suit is a
™ Q7 N ™ 632
At the other table Morten Bilde opened a
t J96 W E
t A K Q 10 8 7 full-blooded 4® on: minor. Consider using the space-
® A652 ® Void ´10 9 4 ™K t2 ®K J 10 9 8 7 4 3. saving Redwood or Kickback
After two passes, Brink protected with a dou- Blackwood.
ble and this was passed out for only +200.
v Prooijen Welland
Verhees Auken had won by 18 IMPs. • Use splinter bids They are essential
tions as possible.
in as many situa-
3® Our congratulations go to Sabine Auken,
for evaluating how well two hands
Pass Pass Dble Pass Roy Welland, Morten and Dennis Bilde. It is
3´ Pass 4´ rare for a team of just four players to win this
• When the auctionsimilar), use the
2´ – Dble (or
starts 1´ – Pass –
This was the 64th and last board of a wonder- n Awards: 5´/4´ (10), 5t (9), 6´/3NT (5), Lebensohl convention when res-
ful Vanderbilt final. Auken was leading 128- part-scores (3), 3® by South doubled (1). ponding to the double.
117, so van Prooijen needed a big swing to win
the match. What would you say as East over
3®? ´ ™t®
• 2NT with a 3t orresponds to rebid
3t was possible but Roy Welland preferred a in the indicated major only when
take-out double, to pick up a possible major- A commendable 51/60 for the Vanderbilt you have a fit. Your partner can then
suit game. Sabine Auken responded only 3´, stars. Not so easy for you to match that! Let’s cue-bid to suggest a slam. r
since partner might be light for a double in the look for some tips.
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