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David Bird Bidding problems on page 1 of the pull-out at the centre of the magazine
1. E/W Game. Dealer East. We start at the final of the 2008 slam if Martens could fill the gap in his
Vanderbilt, with Rubin facing Team Poland. club suit. 6♣ asked this question and with
♠ KQJ ♠ A87543 On this deal Krzysztof Martens responded second-round control in the suit Jassem
♥ 10 N ♥ A6 in diamonds, despite already knowing of duly leapt to 7♠. A splendid auction!
♦ AJ985 3 S ♦ 2 at least a 5-3 fit in spades. (A response At the other table, Verhees and Jansma
♣ KJ8 ♣ AQ95 used a lengthy relay sequence that would
such as the Jacoby 2NT, agreeing spades,
would mean that responder had to ask take a more able analyst than me to decode.
West East Did they also hit the bull’s-eye? No, their
the questions, whereas Martens preferred
1♠ to describe his own hand.) When Krzysztof arrow fell well short and they stopped in
2♦ 2♠ Jassem rebid his spades, Martens made a 4♠, losing 17 IMPs.
4♥ 4NT splinter bid in hearts. RKCB from East
identified that all six key cards were I Awards: 7♠ (10), 6NT/6♠ (6), games
present and Jassem could now see a grand (2).
2. Game All. Dealer West. Let’s see another potential slam hand Krzysztof Martens bid 3♠ over 3♥ on the
from the Vanderbilt final. Peter Weichsel’s West cards and continued with RKCB over
♠ AKJ2 ♠ 4 2♦ on the second round was a check- East’s 4♥, the Poles arriving in the much
♥ K N ♥ Q J 10 9 6 3 back bid. When he persisted with 3♥, this better slam of 6♥. Rather than guess
♦ QJ754 S
♦ A83 was likely to be a six-card suit. What whether to finesse in spades or diamonds,
♣ KQ2 ♣ AJ6 declarer decided to combine two chances.
should Marcin Lesniewski say next?
He decided to bid a natural 4NT, After drawing trumps, he played ace, king
Lesniewski Weichsel implying that no primary fit had come to and another spade, in case the queen would
1♦ 1♥ light but he had a strong hand. Weichsel fall. This chance did not materialise but a
1♠ 2♦ then bid 6♦, offering that suit as a final subsequent diamond finesse was successful
2NT 3♥ denomination. There was no further bid- and Poland gained 17 IMPs.
ding but you can see that the diamond
slam is almost hopeless. I Awards: 6♥ (10), 6NT (8), games (6),
At the other table, after a similar start, 6♦ (1).
3. Game All. Dealer West. game, so Lutostansk had the luxury of a since you can ruff a heart and discard
forcing 3♠ on the second round. Since West’s club loser on the long diamond. A
Tuszynski’s 3♦ rebid had not limited his grand slam in diamonds is hopeless, since
♠ Q 10 9 5 3 ♠ AK7 East has three club losers and only two
hand on the previous round (the auction
♥ A3 ♥ 4
♦ A Q 10 7 4 being game-forcing), he now bid just 4♠, discards available on the spades. The
♣ A7 ♣ J942 rather than cue-bidding. spade grand depends basically on the ♠J
Lutostansk could still visualise a slam, falling in three rounds and is therefore
West East on two running suits. With two top club with the odds. However, that calculation
losers, it would not be sound to bid 4NT relies on the certainty that the opponents
3♦ 3♠ for key cards. Instead he cue-bid in will bid at least a small slam. On this deal,
4♠ 5♥ hearts, pin-pointing the club weakness. the other East-West pair stopped in 5♦
6♣ 6♠ With a second-round club control, West and a successful small slam gave a healthy
would have bid a small slam. Holding the swing anyway.
club ace, he cue-bid this card and the bid-
Next we will pay a brief visit to the Polish ding came to rest in 6♠, which made with I Awards: 7♠ (10), 6♠ (9), 6♦ (8), 6NT
Trials, for the European Championships an overtrick. (7), Games (4), 7NT/7♦ (1).
in Pau. The response of 2♦ was forcing to A grand slam in spades is very playable,
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