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4. Love All. Dealer West. Catherine Draper, playing for England tables all now depended on East’s next bid.
against Scotland, faced the first decision. Draper opted for 5♦, which looks over-
♠ AKQ32 ♠ 964 Should she begin with a negative double cautious to me. The 4♠ rebid surely shows
♥ AQJ or bid a simple 3NT? As I see it, the hand a 5-6 hand and East covers the two losers in
♦ A98762 ♦ K J 10
♣ A 10 9 4 is a little strong for 3NT, since the A-Q-J hearts and clubs; If West happens to hold
of hearts are worth almost as much as two hearts, she will be able to finesse twice
A-K-Q when sitting over a heart bidder. I in the suit, thereby providing a total of two
West North East South
Rosen Adamson Draper Martin slightly prefer a double, but the Scottish discards for potential spade losers.
1♦ 2♥ 3NT Pass East also chose 3NT at the other table. At the other table, Liz McGowan (East)
4♠ Pass 5♦ Over to Anne Rosen in the West seat. As bid 6♦ at her second turn and Scotland
little as K-Q-x of diamonds and the king of gained 11 IMPs on the board. How did
We move next to the Lady Milne Trophy, hearts could be enough for a slam. The 4♠ you and your partner fare?
with the women’s teams of England, rebid seems too little, but 5♠ instead could
Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern carry you too high. The Scottish West I Awards: 6♦ (10), 6♠ (8), 7♦ (6),
Ireland in opposition. matched the 4♠ bid, though, and at both 7♠/games (4).
5. Game All. Dealer East. in a later session of the Lady Milne – this continued with 4♠, presumably intended
time a cold grand slam. as a cue-bid. Even if the bid was risk-free,
♠ J87 ♠ AKQ62 Scotland’s Fiona McQuaker decided to I don’t see what purpose it could achieve.
♥ K open 1♦ rather than 2♣, which was the The result was disastrous, since McGowan
♦ KJ3 S ♦ A Q 10 9 8 6 5 sensible decision at three of the four viewed it as a possible resting place. Laura
♣ Q942 ♣ Void
tables. The reverse to 2♠ was forcing to Woodruff and Gilly Clench did no better
game, opposite a two-level response. for Wales, bidding 1♦ – 2♣, 2♠ – 2NT, 4♠.
East’s 3♠ continuation showed five spades In the Ireland v Northern Ireland match,
1♦ and therefore at least six diamonds. the Irish West (Petra O’Neill, partnering
2♣ 2♠ When Liz McGowan cue-bid the ace of Grace Finegan) drove to 6♠ after a similar
3♦ 3♠ hearts, it seemed that McQuaker needed start to the ones that we have seen. Burns
only to discover about the king of dia- and Greenwood, for Northern Ireland,
monds to bid the grand slam in dia- began 2♣ – 3NT – 4♦, ending in 6♦.
monds. If 5NT was available for the pur-
By an amazing coincidence, there was pose, this was the club that should have I Awards: 7 ♦ (10), 7 ♠ (9), 6 ♠ (6),
another huge diamond-spade two-suiter been extracted from her bag. No, she 6♦ (5), games (2).
6. Love All. Dealer East. made a jump rebid of 2NT, showing 18-19 Tips to remember
points. Faigenbaum then looked favour-
ably at his king of hearts and raised to 6NT.
AQ843 It is a good contract, as you see; it will suc-
• When RKCB has discovered that all
♦ J73 W E
♦ A Q 10
key cards are present, a continuation
♣ Q 10 2
ceed when hearts are 3-3, or when the king of six of an unbid suit asks partner
of diamonds is onside and an extra trick is to bid a grand slam with second-
available in either hearts (a 4-2 break) or round control of that suit.
clubs. Hearts were 3-3, in fact.
1♥ The very factors that caused Pilon to • Text-books tell you to bid a grand
1♠ 2NT assess his hand as too strong for 1NT were when you assess its prospects at
6NT the ones that gave 6NT good play. West more than 70%. This is true only on
would have had little cause to investigate a the assumption that the opponents
no-trump slam, facing a 1NT opening. will bid at least a small slam. When
Finally, we will drop in to the final of the there is a chance that the opponents
French Trials for Beijing. What do you I Awards: 6NT (10), 6♥ (9), games (5), will be in game, you should stop at
think about opening a 15-17 1NT on those grands (3). the six-level unless the grand ap-
East cards? Pilon was playing such a range pears to be a near certainty.
but he deemed that his hand was too
strong. Not only did he hold a five-card suit Our experts scored a moderate 36/60, giv- • In general, you should add a point
containing two top honours, he also attrib- ing you a great chance of finishing ahead of when your balanced hand contains
uted some value to the minor-suit tens. them. Mind you, the hands were quite dif- a five-card suit. Treat a 14-count
Adding on a point for these values, he ficult. Let’s look for some bidding tips. with such a suit as a 15-count.
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