42 English Bridge August 2014 www.ebu.co.uk
by David Bird
Beat Today's Experts
Answers to Problems on Page 31
AS always, a splendid field assembled to contest
the 2014 Vanderbilt in Dallas. Nickell faced
Maksymetz on this deal. What would you open
on the West cards?
1t may look right, but if partner responds
1™ or 1´, a rebid of 3t will not do justice to a
hand of such playing strength. Bryan Maksy metz
preferred to open 2NT, as did Eric
Rodwell at the other table.
Bruce Rogoff used Stayman to look for a
heart fit. On the next round he bid a natural
4®, showing a suit of five cards or more. What
should West bid now?
4t might seem a good idea, but this would
be a cue-bid agreeing clubs. Maksymetz duly
signed off in 4NT, since he had no club support.
Rogoff judged that his hand justified a
slam contract opposite a 2NT opening. He bid
5NT, asking partner to pick a slam.
Maksymetz was not taxed by this request. He
bid 6t, ending the auction. The trump suit
had been mentioned naturally for the first time
at the six level! Rodwell played in the same
contract and thirteen tricks were made when
the diamonds split 2-2.
n Awards: 6t (10), 6NT (7), 7NT/7t (5),
2. N/S Game. Dealer North.
3. Love All. Dealer East. We have reached the final of the Vanderbilt,
with Monaco facing Nickell. Fulvio Fantoni
opens 1´, which generally shows 14+ points
and is forcing (in the remarkable Fantunes
bidding system). The 2® response is gameforcing
and the hand may be (a) clubs, (b) balanced
or (c) contain spade support. When
Fantoni jump-rebid the spades, 4® was a cuebid
with spades agreed. Fantoni's 4´ denied
any control in the red suits. Claudio Nunes
persisted with 5® and what do think 5t
Since Fantoni had already denied both the
tA and tK, he was cue-bidding a queen.
now. Some players use a Good-Bad 2NT to
differentiate between a hand that would have
been worth 3t if North had passed and one
that has extra shape but a lower point-count.
Boye Brogeland bid 3´ and Bobby Levin
went to 4®. What should Steve Weinstein do
then? Levin regarded 4® as forcing, as did all
the BBO commentators. Opinion differed on
whether Weinstein was entitled to 'take a view'
and pass, since he had overstated his hand previously.
Peter Crouch and I had no strong feelings
on the matter, regarding it as acceptable
to pass a forcing bid if you thought it was likely
to improve your side's score. Roland Wald
argued strongly that it was a breach of partnership
trust and he would never do it.
Regardless of that, East's hand is quite good
for a club contract! With two spades and only
one club, his Pass would have been more
Erik Saelensminde led the ´A and switched to
a trump from ®J-5. Twelve tricks were made.
West North East South
Schwartz Nickell Graves Katz
Pass 1t 1´
2® 2´ Pass 3´
At the other table Allan Graves did not stretch
to 3t and Richie Shwartz bid a simple 5®.
Sensible bidding all round.
n Awards: 5® (10), 6® (7), part-scores (4).
Brilliant! Nunes could now count six side-suit
winners and leapt to 7´.
At the other table Weinstein and Levin followed
a less illuminating path: 4´ - 4NT - 5´
- 5NT - 6´. In response to RKCB, East showed
the ´A-K-Q and then denied a side-suit king.
With no certainty of a thirteenth trick, Levin
passed out 6´.
n Awards: 7´/7NT (10), 6´/6NT (6), games
´ A 4 ´ 7
™ A Q 4 ™ 10 8 7 6
t A K J 9 6 2 t 8 7 3
® 8 2 ® A K Q J 4
´ 8 5 2 ´ A K Q J 10 7 3
™ A 10 4 ™ 9 6 5 3
t A K 7 t Q 3
® A K 10 9 ® Void
1. Love All. Dealer West .
´ 10 5 ´ 3
™ A ™ Q J 10 3
t J 7 t A K 10 9 8 4
® A Q 10 9 8 7 6 2 ® 4 3
Nickell faces Shwartz in the Vanderbilt. What
should Weinstein do over 2´? He was worth
his 1t opening, yes, but 3t seems a bit much
West North East South
Levin S'minde Weinstein Brogeland
Pass 1t 1´
2® 2´ 3t 3´