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42 English Bridge August 2014 www.ebu.co.uk

by David Bird

Bidding Quiz

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),

games (4).

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

meant?

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

under standable.

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

(2).

´ 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

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W E

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´ 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

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West East

Nunes Fantoni

2® 3´

4® 4´

5® 5t

´ 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

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West East

Maksymetz Rogoff

2NT 3®

3t 4®

4NT 5NT

6t

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´

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