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David Bird Bidding problems are on page 29
1. N/S Game. Dealer West. the West hand as a 2® opener, although looking for a club slam and East has the ace-
some pairs fared well after this start. If your queen of trumps and a side-suit king.
´ A64 ´ K 10 5 version of the Multi includes strong two- Everything points towards Alice Kaye’s
™ A N
™ J972 bids in a minor, you would be well-placed. fine cue-bid of 4´. This showed the ace or
t A S t 10 7 5 3 Otherwise, it is right to open 1®. king of spades, along with interest in a club
® K J 10 9 8 5 4 2 ® AQ Partner responds 1™ and you have a rebid slam. It was then easy for Teshome to leap to
problem. 3® is non-forcing. 4® might 6®. Well bid!
West East Perhaps the other Easts thought: partner’s
work well but many pairs play this as agree-
1® 1™ ing hearts (showing a strong 6-4 type). It 3® was non-forcing, so she can hardly be
3® 3NT seems to me that 3® is the best rebid avail- looking for a slam. 4® is forcing, however,
4® 4´ able and partner then bids 3NT. A slam is so what else can it mean?
6® still possible, so you advance with 4®. What
should East bid now? n Awards: 6NT/6® (10), games (6), 7® (4),
Simon Cochemé showed me this interesting At least two Easts in the trials signed off part-scores (1).
deal from the Lady Milne trials. I don’t see in 5®, ending the auction. Ouch! Partner is
England faced Northern Ireland in the be interested in a slam.
2. Love All. Dealer East. One good bid deserves another! John
Junior Camrose trophy.
´ J7 ´ AKQ843 Chris Owen, East for England, opened Atthey realised that his hand was now very
™ 10 N ™ KQ52 1´ and John Atthey had enough to respond strong for slam purposes. He had seven
t A K J 10 7 6 5 S t Q93 2t. The 2™ rebid is forcing in modern Acol excellent trumps and his ®10-6-5 opposite a
® 10 6 5 ® — and Atthey continued with 3t, which is known shortage in partner’s hand meant
non-forcing. What should East bid next? that the hands would fit together well. A
Owen found the excellent bid of 4®. Like slam would be good opposite as little as:
1´ East’s 4´ on our previous hand, this was a ´AKxxx ™Axxx txxx ®x
2t 2™ control-showing cue-bid. Just look at how Atthey leapt to 6t, which was easily made.
3t 4® much information it conveyed: (1) ‘I am Well bid, indeed!
6t agreeing diamonds as trumps,’ (2) ‘I have
some sort of club control (ace, king, single- n Awards: 6t (10), 6´ (9), games (5).
ton or void),’ and (3) I am strong enough to
3. Love All. Dealer North. and many players would then pass on the West North East South
Harris Baker McWalter Henig
East cards. Baroness Billingham, who is not
1™ 2t Pass
´ A Q 10 8 4 3 2 ´ K65 known for her cautious bidding, entered 3´ Pass 4´ Pass
N with 2t. What should West bid now?
™ Void ™ Q93 5® Pass 5t Pass
t Q64 S t AJ872 Some pairs play that a change of suit (2´) 5™ Pass 6´ Pass
® A 10 3 ® K6 is forcing. Equally popular is to say that 2´ 7´
is constructive but non-forcing. Lord After three cue bids, McWalter leapt to 6´.
West North East South
Harrison Sainsbury Billingham Mates
Harrison did not risk this path, showing a Hoping for the diamond ace-king opposite,
1™ 2t Pass strong hand with his jump to 3´. When his Harris bid one more. The ace of hearts was
3´ Pass 4´ Pass partner raised to 4´ he continued to 6´, led and Harris saw that he would make the
6´ expecting to make plenty of tricks in spades grand slam if North held the ™A-K and the
and diamonds. I was impressed that they tK. (If North held three diamonds, he
The deal is from the 2010 Lords v Commons had reached a small slam after an opposing would be squeezed by the last spade.) Alas, it
match, staged at the Portland Club and one-bid, but Evan Harris and Tony was South who held the tK!
sponsored by London Export. Sir Timothy McWalter, for the Commons, were even
Sainsbury opened 1™ on the North cards more ambitious. n Awards: 6´ (10), 7´ (6), games (5).
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