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David Bird Bidding problems on page 1 of the pull-out at the centre of the magazine
1. Game All. Dealer West. Club facing the El-Ahly Club. Egypt did What other methods are available to
well in the last Bermuda Bowl, so perhaps find minor-suit fits? At the other table the
♠ AK2 ♠ 10 6 they can teach us a thing or two about bidding began 1NT – 4♠. This response,
♥ 10 6 3 N ♥ AKQ slam bidding. unneeded in a natural sense, showed the
W E values for a limit bid of 4NT with 4-4
♦ K J 10 9 4 S ♦ AQ62 West opened with a 15-17 point 1NT
♣ A5 ♣ 10 7 6 2 and the problem now was to find the dia- shape in the minors. West should surely
mond fit. (Only 11 tricks are available in have leapt to 6♦, with a five-card dia-
West East no-trumps.) East began with Stayman, mond fit and so many controls. No, he
Noshy Yousry West’s 2♦ denying a four-card major. signed off in 4NT.
1NT 2♣ East’s 3♣, which would be natural for If you do not use 1NT – 2♠ as a trans-
2♦ 3♣ many of us in the UK, was a further relay fer for clubs, you can treat it as minor-suit
3♦ 4♦ Stayman. The opener rebids 3♣ or 3♦
that asked for information on the minors.
5♦ 6♦ 3♦ showed a five-card diamond suit (3♠ with a five-card suit and 2NT with one or
would have shown four diamonds in a 3- more four-card minors, after which a 4-4
3-4-3 shape; 3♥ and 3NT would have fit can be found.
shown similar hands with clubs). A spade
We start at the final of the Egyptian cue-bid and RKCB then carried them to s Awards: 6♦ (10), games (5), 6NT (2).
Premier League, with the Wadi Degla the cold small slam.
2. N/S Game. Dealer East. you have shown a powerful hand, any 4♦, continuing to cue-bid. Ao bore in
further description of strength should be mind that he had already shown a great
given relative to that already shown. hand by breaking the transfer. In that con-
♠ KQ865 ♠ AJ732
♥ 62 N ♥ A84 On this deal from the semi-finals of the text his hand was nothing special. Indeed,
♦ 10 6 4
♦ AKJ Spingold, three of the four East-West it had a huge number of losers for a 2NT
♣ A75 ♣ QJ pairs reached a poor slam that needed opening (six, even if you count only one
two finesses to be right. Ao and Wang loser in trumps). Very wisely, he limited
West East stopped safely with a fine auction. his hand by bidding 4♠ at his next turn.
Wang Ao Wang responded with a transfer bid of Justice was done when only eleven tricks
2NT 3♥ and Ao broke the transfer to show were available and that was an 11-IMP
excellent spade support. How should he pick-up.
react when his partner then invited a slam
with a cue-bid of 4♣? s Awards: 5♠/4♠ (10), 3NT (9), 6♠ (4),
A principle of good bidding is that once It perhaps seems obvious for him to bid 6NT (1).
3. Game All. Dealer South. John Holland take over the 2♦ rebid? The opener will hold 18 points much less
He raised to 3♦, as most players would, frequently. Maybe West should consider
♠ K ♠ Q8643 and the contract went one down. (North passing 2♦, particularly as his diamonds
♥ KQ43 N ♥ 10 would not have contested over 2♦.) A co- are so poor. It is not necessarily right to
♦ 10 6 4 3 S
♦ AK92 commentator on Bridge Base Online bid on just because there may be a game.
♣ 10 9 8 3 ♣ K74 If the chance of a playable game is 10%,
explained that East’s 2♦ rebid might be
made on as many as 18 points, so West say, you should be wary of getting too
West East high on the remaining 90% of hands.
had to bid again in case a game was there.
Pass 1♠ When responder holds diamond sup- Another point for debate is this: per-
1NT 2♦ port, it is barely possible to cope accurate- haps East should keep the bidding low by
3♦ ly with a 2♦ rebid that covers a 12-18 passing 1NT on a minimum 5-4 hand
point range. Reaching the three-level on a when his four-card suit is a minor.
This deal from the Camrose match combined 20-count and a 4-4 fit is not
between England and CBAI may trigger a satisfactory. A 12-point hand is more fre- s Awards: 2♦ (10), 1NT (8), 3♦ (5), 2♠
worthwhile discussion. What action should quent than a 13-point hand, and so on. (3).
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