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Tips to remember

• Since RKCB checks on the three top

trump honours, you can use 5NT to

carry the meaning 'pick a slam'. And

very useful it is!

• It's not against the law to pass a

forcing bid when the situation looks

ominous. Discuss with your partner

if you should allow each other this

latitude.

• When partner has denied the ace or

king of a side suit, a subsequent

cue-bid will show the queen.

• Be wary of using RKCB when you

intend to play in a different suit

eventually. For example, you may

realise too late that your intended

sign-off is now asking for the queen

of trumps!

• If partner's response to your overcall

could be natural, it is natural. Do

not assume that he is agreeing your

suit, unless you have discussed the

situation. r

This deal comes from a semi-final of the 2014

White House Juniors event, with Norway facing

Denmark.

Harald Eide, one of three bridge-playing

brothers from Norway, heard a positive

response in hearts and devised the 'perfect

continuation'. He would bid 4NT, asking how

many key cards East held (with hearts agreed

as trumps). If East showed one, then 6®

would be the final contract; if he showed two,

7NT would be cold.

Kristian Ellingsen showed one key-card

(using 1430 responses) and Eide closed the

auction in 6®. That was his intention, anyway,

but his partner promptly bid 7™! What had

gone wrong?

so good.

East's 4™ is poor, as I see it. He has a void in

partner's suit and little playing strength. In

any case, he can pass and later bid 4™ over

South's 3´ if that is how he judges it.

There was no reason for West to view 4™ as

anything but natural. If East's hearts had

included the queen as well, 4™ might well have

been made. Sadly, he bid 5® and persisted

with 6® over 5™! This was doubled and three

down for 9 IMPs away.

West North East South

Mihov Marashev Stefanov Tsonchev

2t

Pass 3™ Pass 3´

Pass Pass 4™

At the other table 4™ went two down.

n Awards: 3´ by South (10), 4™ (7), 5®/5™

(4), slams (1). ´ ™ t ®

Our experts stumbled more than once and

scored a sub-par 36/60, leaving you with a

good chance of beating them. Let's look for

some bidding tips.

´ 9 ´ A K Q 8 7 5 3

™ A Q 3 2 ™ J 9 4

t A K Q J 2 t 8

® Q 10 2 ® A J

5.N/S Game. Dealer East. Are you happy with your results from the traditional

Acol Gambling 3NT opening, showing

a solid minor suit and little outside? It

works fairly well but when responder chooses

to pass 3NT the contract may be wrong-sided.

For example, the defenders may lead through

a king in responder's hand.

Tony Forrester and David Gold prefer to use

3NT to show a good 4™ or 4´ bid. Forrester's

4® asked partner to transfer into his long suit

(useful if responder has no high honour in the

majors and cannot tell which suit partner

has.) 4™ showed spades and 4NT was RKCB,

5® showing three key-cards. 5t asked for the

´Q and the 6´ response showed that card but

no side-suit king. 7NT depended on a 3-2

spade break, which duly materialized.

Phil Stephens and Alex Wilkinson produced

a near identical auction to flatten the board for

Scotland in the Camrose: 3NT - 4® - 4™ -

4NT - 5t - 5™ - 5NT - 7NT. East's 5t

showed three key-cards, using 1430 responses.

n Awards: 7´/7NT (10), 6´ (7), games (3).

N

W E

S

A little known part of Blackwood is that you

can bid a side suit at the six-level, asking partner

to bid a grand slam if he holds third-round

control. Recalling this (how he wishes he

hadn't!), Ellingsen duly bid 7™. 7NT doubled

went one down and Norway lost 14 IMPs

against 6® made at the other table.

A trump was led against 6®, preventing a

spade-ruff entry to discard a heart on the tK.

North held ™A-Q-4, however, so no heart

guess was required.

Norway held on to win by 2 IMPs and won

the final comfortably on the next day.

n Awards: 6® (10), 6NT (7), games (6), 6t

(4), grands (1).

6. Love All. Dealer South.

4. N/S game.dealer West.

We end with an instructive deal from the final

of the 2014 Bulgarian Trials. Bulgaria is a very

strong bridge nation, so don't dismiss the deal

as a hopeless effort by weak players.

South opens with a Multi 2t (usually a

weak-two in one of the majors) and West

overcalls 3®. North's 3™ means that he is willing

to play in three of partner's major. So far

West North East South

H. Eide Ellingsen

2® Pass 2™ Pass

4NT Pass 5® Pass

6® Pass 7™ Pass

7NT Dble

´ A K Q ´ 5

™ 6 3 ™ K J 10 8 2

t A t K J 10 9 6 3

® A K Q J 10 4 2 ® 7

N

W E

S

West East

Forrester Gold

3NT

4® 4™

4NT 5®

5t 6´

7NT

´ A 3 2

™ Q J 9

t A J 7

® 9 7 4 2

´ Q 6 ´ K 9

™ 5 4 ™ K 10 8 7 6 3 2

t Q 5 4 t K 10 9 3

® A K J 8 6 3 ® Void

´ J 10 8 7 5 4

™ A

t 8 6 2

® Q 10 5

N

W E

S

West North East South

Chernev Nanev Karakolev Gunev

2t

3® 3™ 4™ Pass

5® Pass 5™ Pass

6® Dble

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