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David Bird Bidding problems on page 1 of the pull-out at the centre of the magazine
1. N/S Game. Dealer West. to game. She could have bid 3♦ to agree dia- Gumby’s 5♠ was a grand slam try, showing
monds as trumps, so what do you think 4♦ that all the key cards were present. Lazer then
meant? It was Minorwood! Using 4NT to ask signed off in 6♦.
♠ Q94 ♠ A3
♥ A8643 N ♥ K 10 for key cards is inefficient when the trump suit Minorwood was used at the other table too:
♦ AQJ3 S ♦ K 10 7 6 is a minor. When you play Minorwood, a bid of
♣ J ♣ A K 10 4 2 four in the trump suit asks for key cards, if cer- West East
tain specific conditions have been met. East’s Wawn Hoffman
West East 4♦ was a jump bid — one of the agreed situa- 2♦ 3♦
Lazer Gumby tions. Since there is more space than you would 3NT 4♦
1♥ 2♣ have over 4NT, you can assign a special meaning 5♦ 6♦
2♦ 4♦ to the first-step response. (Here 4♥ would have
acted as a warning that the opener was mini- Another ‘agreed Minorwood situation’ is when
mum; East could then have continued with 4♠ the minor-suit trump suit is bid for the third
to demand a key-card response.) The responses time. Again the 5♦ response showed two key-
We begin at the final of the Australian Open from 4♠ upwards follow the normal RKCB cards and the trump queen.
Teams, with New South Wales facing Australian scheme, so Warren Lazer’s 5♦ fourth-step
Capital Territory. response showed two key cards and the trump I Awards: 6 ♦ (10), games (7), 7 ♦ (4),
Pauline Gumby’s 2♣ was natural and forcing queen. 6NT (3).
2. Game All. Dealer East. Teams. West had quite a tricky bid to make at his difficult if he was a bit stronger. The auction
second turn. What should he say, do you think? ended in a sensible contract, with both players
The choice lies between 1NT (with no dia- no doubt congratulating themselves on their
♠ J73 ♠ AK98 efforts. They will receive no praise from me!
♥ A J 10 9 6 N ♥ K8 mond stopper), 2♣ (giving false preference),
♦ 5 2♥ and 2♠. None of those rebids would cause At the other table West made the very reason-
♣ A6 ♣ J 10 9 5 4 3 me to lose my temper. What I really hate is able rebid of 2♥. Displaying more imagination
West’s appalling misuse of the fourth-suit-forc- than I can muster, East judged his hand to be
West East ing 2♦. I prefer this bid to be game-forcing. worth a raise to 3♥. His partner duly went two
Thorp Struik How can it be right to use a strong rebid on a down in 4♥ and that was an unimpressive 7
1♣ 10-count with no fit anywhere and no stopper IMPs away.
in the unbid suit? On such a hand you should be
underbidding, not overbidding. I Awards: 3♣/2♣ (10), 2♥ (9), 2♠/ 1NT (5),
East’s subsequent 3♣ was non-forcing in games (1).
On now to the final of the Australian Senior their system, which would have made life
3. Love All. Dealer East. Spingold in Las Vegas. What should you bid 4♠ (diamonds). On his actual hand, he rebid
on the West cards when partner opens 2NT? 3NT to deny a minor suit and there the bid-
♠ J 10 2 ♠ AQ5 You could raise to 3NT, yes, and most of the ding rested.
♥ J N ♥ AQ74 time you would survive. Every now and again, If you and your partner bid 2NT – 3NT, you
♦ 10 8 4 2 S
♦ AQ6 the opener will have a good fit for one of the can score up your 10 points. Don’t spend too
♣ A K 10 3 2 ♣ Q74 minors and there will be a playable slam there. long on your high-five celebrations. The open-
At the top level, players are not willing to shrug er may have a long minor next time; a minor-
West East their shoulders and miss such slams. Here Roy suit slam will be good and you will be in 3NT!
Welland Glubok Welland bid 3♠, minor-suit Stayman, to ask if
partner held a four-card minor suit. I Awards: 3NT (10), 4NT (9), 5NT/5♣ (7),
With a four-card minor, Brian Glubok 6NT/6♣ (4).
would have responded 4♣ or 4♦. With a five-
Our next deal comes from the final of the 2008 card minor, he would have bid 4♥ (clubs) or
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