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4. Game All. Dealer East. Our next port of call is the 2010 Chinese 4™, expecting this to be a 6-2 fit.
Taipei Open Trials. Chih-Kuo Chen rebid Chen held splendid trumps and the A-K
2™, regarding the East hand as a trifle short of the unbid suit. He invited a slam with
´ AKJ94 ´ 10 3 2
™ 43 N ™ K Q J 10 9 6 of a 3™ rebid. (yes!) a control-showing cue bid. West duly
W E showed his diamond control and Chen leapt
t AKJ8 S
t 5 A 2™ rebid tends to show six hearts
® J4 ® AK3 because on most other hands you can rebid to 6™ – a fine auction.
1NT, 2®, 2t or 2´. (This inference would South led a diamond and declarer made
West East not be present after a sequence such as 1™ – the slam by ruffing a club in dummy and
Shih Chen 2t – 2™, where the opener might hold five discarding a spade on the second diamond
1™ hearts and five clubs and not be strong winner. If the defenders begin with two
1´ 2™ enough to rebid 3®.) rounds of trumps, you might draw trumps
3t 3´ and play the ´A-K. If the ´Q did not drop,
Over Juei-Yu Shih’s 3t, East showed his
5t 6™ three-card spade support. It would have you would fall back on a finesse of the tJ.
been easy now for West to head towards a
spade slam, but this would have failed since n Awards: 6™ (10), 6NT/5™ (6), 5´/4NT
North held a spade trick. West instead bid (5), 6´ (4).
5. Love All. Dealer West. Moving on swiftly, we visit the 2010 Slava way to 4™. Excellent judgement!
Cup, an invitational event contested in At other tables, the bidding started with
´ J9863 ´ 4 Moscow. the same four bids. Jack Zhao and Artur
™ A54 N ™ Q J 10 9 3 2 Justin Hackett does not have enough to Malinowski both then rebid only 3™ on the
t AK62 S
t 54 respond at the two-level and has to bid West cards. Their partners, Fu Zhong and
® Q ® K973
1NT. On the next round he signs off in 2™, Tony Forrester respectively, could see no rea-
showing a weak hand with long hearts (usu- son to advance and the game was missed.
West East ally six hearts). What should West say next? With South holding ™K-8 the defenders had
Jason H. Justin H. Jason Hackett appreciated the value of his no chance to beat the contract. Declarer
2t 2™ hand. Partner might score six heart tricks, ruffed one club low and one with the ace.
4™ the tA-K and one or more club ruffs in
dummy. He may also hold a useful honour n Awards: 4™ (10), 3™/2™ (6), 1NT (4).
in the minors. Quite rightly, he went all the
ing 1100 off the sacrifice in spades. This was
6. E/W Game. Dealer North.
the bidding at the other table:
Tips to remember
´ 84 ´ Void West North East South
• When aany suit bid at has four-
™ AKQJ2 N ™ 10 8 7 4 3 Welland Forrester Zia Malinovski
t KJ94 W E
t AQ52 level or higher is a cue bid. It
S 4´ Dble Pass
® J5 ® AQ97 4NT Pass 5® Pass shows a control in the suit bid
5™ Pass 6™ 6´ (ace, king, singleton or void) and
West North East South
Pass Pass Dble invites a slam.
4´ Welland’s 4NT was not Blackwood; it
• You hearcue bids;players say ‘We
they’re only for
6™ Pass Pass 6´ showed two places to play. When he contin- experts.’ It is simply not possible
Dble ued with 5™ rather than 5t, Zia read him to bid well in the slam area unless
for a good 5™ bid and raised to 6™. you and your partner use cue bids.
Wonderful stuff! They allow you to judge (a)
This is another deal from the Slava Cup in
Moscow. North opens 3´ and Daniela von whether the hands are strong
n Awards: 6™ (10), 6t (8), games (6), enough for a slam and (b)
Arnim doubles for take-out. Only 12 points,
grand slams (5). whether you have a control in
yes, but great shape. What should Sabine
Auken say on her cards when South raises to ´ ™t® every side suit.
4´? Some players would allow the two low
spades to deter them from bidding a slam. Sorry about that, but our experts were in
• Somehold thecue-bid only when
ace or void. The
Auken could tell from the North/South bid- dazzling form and scored a maximum 60 method known as ace-and-king
ding that her partner was most unlikely to out of 60. If you scored anywhere near 50, cue-bidding, where you make such
hold two spades and might well be void in you did well. Let’s look for some bidding bids also with a king or singleton
the suit. She leapt to 6™, eventually collect- tips. is much to be recommended. r
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