Bidding Quiz by David Bird
Beat Today’s Experts
Answers to Problems on Page 31
1. Game All. Dealer West. 3® opening from partner? card suit and be invitational. Brink’s 4t was a
The first point to note is that you should be slam-try in clubs, duly accepted by Drijver. The
happy to make clubs trumps. Partner has sug- contract was easily made after a spade lead.
´ J86 ´ A9532
™ 10 6 3 N ™ Void gested a strong seven-card suit, no doubt Declarer won and discarded two spades, subse-
t Void S t AKJ843 solidified by your ®K-x. You are bringing a quently ruffing two hearts.
® A Q J 10 9 8 4 ® K5 very large pack of lager to the party: the ´A, (After a trump lead you would win with the
the tA-K in a suit that partner can perhaps ®K, ruff a diamond, ruff a heart, ruff a dia-
West East establish, also a heart ruff or two. mond and draw trumps, with good chances).
Drijver Brink Bas Drijver (yes, Simon Cochemé would At the other table Nick Nickell (East) bid 3t
3® 4t have fun with that name) and Sjoert Brink are to look for a spade fit and went 300 down in
members of the Netherlands team that are 4´. 17 IMPs away!
current Bermuda Bowl champions. As you
would expect, they have well-worked responses n Awards: 6® (10), 5® (6), 4´ (4), part-scores
THE DEAL comes from a quarter-final of the
to an opening pre-empt. 3t would ask for a (2), 3NT (1).
2012 Spingold, with Nickell facing Brink. How
three-card major, 3™/3´ would show a six-
do you rate that East hand, facing a vulnerable
2. N/S Game. Dealer South. The remaining deals all come from the world Bidding 4t is not a good idea because this
championship in Lille. Our Open team per- carries the bidding past 3NT. The best action
formed disappointingly after their fine show- by far is a take-out double. This allows partner
´ J7 ´ 10 2
N ing in the European Championship. This cer- to bid 3NT if he has some values and a spade
™ K Q 10 5 2 W E
t 73 t AKQJ6 tainly wasn’t the fault of the incoming pair, stopper. Sometimes, partner will wish to pass
® K972 ® A65 Andrew Robson and Alexander Allfrey, who the double. Here Robson was happy to bid 4™,
were our best pair in the Butler rankings. which was easily made.
West North East South What should East do when 3´ runs to him?
Robson Carcassonne Allfrey Labaere The most important point is that he should n Awards: 4™ (10), 3´ by South doubled (6),
3´ not pass! West cannot speak on his own cards 3´ by South (4).
Pass Pass Dble Pass with some flattish 10-13 points, so there
4™ could easily be a game available.
3. E/W Game. Dealer West. Canada face Monaco in the Open round-of- Helness was still interested in a grand slam
16. What should Tor Helness say over Geir and cue-bid 4´. When Helgemo signed off in
´ Q9854 ´ AK6 Helgemo’s 2™ rebid? 5™, he raised to 6™. Both majors broke 3-2 and
™ A862 N ™ K Q 10 7 He leaps to 4®, a splinter bid that agrees the slam easily made.
W E Can you guess the contract reached at the
t A S t Q 10 9 7 4 2 hearts and shows at most one club. There are
® J 10 9 ® Void two good reasons now why West should cue- other table? They stopped in game. Somewhat
bid 4t, despite having opened on a minimum surprisingly, their chosen game was 5®. The
West East 11 points. bidding was 1´ – 2t – 2™ – 2´ – 3® – 5®.
Helgemo Helness The first reason is that his hand fits the splin- East’s 2t was forcing to game and 3® presum-
1´ 2t ter bid very well, with jack-to-three opposite ably showed 5-4-1-3 shape. As for the meaning
2™ 4® the shortage, so his hand is no longer a mini- of 5®, that will depend on whether you ask
mum. The second is that you should always East or West!
cue-bid a side-suit ace when this does not raise
the level of the contract, even on a minimum n Awards: 6™ (10), 6´/games (7), 7™ (5), 7´
hand. For all you know, this is all the informa- (3).
tion that partner needs to bid a slam.
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