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4. N/S Game. Dealer West. We move next to the final of the USA women’s When Karen McCallum bid 3NT next, Baker
trials for Beijing. The first point to make is was absolutely right to return to hearts on her
♠ AK862 ♠ 3 that East should not pass 1♠. A heart game seven-card suit. At the other table, after the
N same start, Tobi Sokolow passed 3NT. She sub-
♥ J 10 8 6 4 3 2 may be possible. Apart from that, you can
♦ A8763 S ♦ K J 10 expect to make several more tricks in hearts, sequently misguessed the diamonds to go one
♣ A5 ♣ 63 down. Baker also misguessed the diamonds,
rather than spades.
What meaning would you attribute to Lynn but still made her game in hearts.
West East Baker’s 3♥ on the second round? You might
McCallum Baker be tempted to use such a bid with a solid heart I Awards: 4♥ (10), 3NT (6), 5♥/5♦ (5), 6♦
stopper and no club stopper. The basic mean- (4), part-scores (3).
3NT 4♥ ing should be natural, however, and partner
should feel free to raise the suit.
5. Love All. Dealer East. Most players would respond 1♠, I dare say, This was the other auction:
but I think some sort of club raise is prefer-
able. If inverted raises are being used, a 2♣ West North East South
♠ 8752 ♠ Q J 10
N response is ideal. The trouble with a standard 1♣ Pass
♥ 85 ♥ AKQ
W E 1♥ 2♦ Dble Pass
♦ 10 ♦ AK3 (invitational) 3♣ response is that the hand is
S 3♦ Pass 3♥ Pass
♣ AKQ852 ♣ 9763 a little too strong. In that case you might start 5♣ Pass 5♥ Pass
1♣ – 3♦, a splinter bid. 6♣ Dble 6♠ Pass
West North East South Pass Dble Pass Pass
‘Tosh’, as he is known, could hardly pass
McIntosh Jones Hallberg Rosen 7♣ Dble
1♣ Pass 3NT, successful as that would be, because his
1♠ 3♦ 3NT Pass partner’s 3NT suggests a powerful hand. 4♣
4♣ Pass 4♠ Pass looks best and now it is Gunnar Hallberg who West’s 1♥ showed spades and East’s double
5♣ has a decision to make. Perhaps he should sign indicated three-card spade support. Only East
off in 4NT, with his iron-clad stoppers in both knows why he bid 3♥ instead of 3NT. (Call me
red suits. He preferred to show his three-card Mr Softee for not publicising the names of the
Next we will see a tricky board from the round- spade support and they ended in 5♣. A spade East-West pair . . .)
robin stage of the English trials for the World ruff would have dispatched this contract (North
Mind Sport Games in Beijing. What should held ♠A-K-x-x), but declarer had eleven tricks I Awards: 5NT/4NT/3NT (10), 5 ♣ (6),
West respond to 1♣, do you think? when a diamond was led. 4♠ (5), slams (1).
6. N/S Game. Dealer East. David Burn, my fellow Bridge Base Online
Tips to remember
commentators, expressed the view that 4♥
was correct, since West might hold three low
A K Q 10 8 6 5 diamonds. It’s a possibility, yes. If East signs
• Whenisa an inefficient key-card bid.
minor suit has been agreed,
♦ A87 S
♦ J52 off in 4♥, though, his partner may leave it Take a look at the various alternatives
♣ AQJ ♣ K there on some slam-suitable hands with only on the market, such as Minorwood
two low trumps. I was entirely happy with and Redwood.
West East Townsend’s choice of 5♥. This denied a dia-
mond control and, by implication, showed
great trumps and probably the black-suit
• Playgame. When insteadbids as forcing
you hold a
1♠ 3♥ kings. Why else could he advance so high nondescript 10 or 11 points, with no
without a diamond control? David Gold said good suit, no fit and no stopper in the
he would have passed 4♥ (Townsend tells me unbid suit, this is the time to underbid
by e-mail). rather than overbid.
We end with another deal from the same
trials. The first point of interest in this auction I Awards: 6♥ (10), games (5), 6NT (4). • It is important to havefits opposite to
is that 4♣ should be a cue-bid, with hearts 2NT opening. When you play
agreed, rather than a natural bid. Responder ♠♥♦♣ transfers, the 3♠ response is avail-
will occasionally hold a black two-suiter, on able for this purpose.
which he would like to contest partner’s
choice of a trump suit. Much more often, he
will want to agree hearts and suggest a slam
On several deals I featured the successful
auction, rather than the failing one at the
• Do not feel obliged four low cards. It
major suit containing
to respond in a
in that suit. other table, so our experts pick up a shining may work better to respond 1NT or to
What do you think Tom Townsend should 56. If you scored close to 50, you did well. Let’s raise partner's suit.
bid over partner’s 4♣? Tony Forrester and look for some bidding tips.
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